Day breaks

The Jewish Chronicle - - SUMMER SCHEMES -

SUM­MER I S c om­ing, school will soon be over and then comes the chal­lenge of oc­cu­py­ing your chil­dren for end­less weeks. Fine if you’re off on a sixweek cruise, but back in the real world there are days and days of noth­ing­ness on the hori­zon and stressed, pos­si­bly work­ing par­ents won­der­ing how to fill them. Day camps are the an­swer. Trust me, I have two chil­dren of my own, and I know.

If you are work­ing, then a lo­cal camp with long hours would be the best so­lu­tion. Camp Beau­mont op­er­ates at 12 lo­ca­tions in Lon­don and the Home Coun­ties, as well as — new this year — one in Northum­ber­land.

Chil­dren can be dropped off from 8.30am and col­lected by 5.30pm (camp ac­tiv­i­ties run from 9.30am to 4.30pm). For an ad­di­tional cost, your child can stay from 8am to 6pm. To make life even eas­ier, trans­port is avail­able.

Twenty-six years of ex­pe­ri­ence has al­lowed Beau­mont to de­velop the per­fect for­mula for a happy, pro­duc­tive sum­mer break — a ros­ter of ex­cit­ing, ever-chang­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, within a safe, fully-equipped en­vi­ron­ment, or­gan­ised by ex­pert, fun-lov­ing staff.

Par­ents are kept in touch from the mo­ment of book­ing un­til the end of the camp. Be­fore­hand, they re­ceive a wel­come pack with pre-camp in­for­ma­tion — and once the camp has started, chil­dren come home each day with a copy of their ac­tiv­ity pro­gramme.

As well as hav­ing fun and ex­tend­ing their skills, chil­dren are en­cour­aged to eat healthily and ex­er­cise reg­u­larly, as part of Beau­mont’s “Camp Kids = Healthy Kids” cam­paign.

Camps are split into dif­fer­ent age groups, with ap­pro­pri­ate staff, ac­tiv­i­ties and equip­ment. The “Play­time” group, for three- and four-year-olds, is man­aged by nurs­ery lead­ers with NNEB qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Th­ese camps have short ses­sions of lively play, in­ter­spersed with more rest­ful mo­ments, when the lit­tle ones are en­gaged in qui­eter projects. The var­ied pace keeps the chil­dren’s en­thu­si­asm alive. There is the op­tion of half-day ses­sions for this age group.

“Multi-Ac­tiv­ity Magic” is for the five-

Ox­ford par­tic­i­pants work to­gether on themed ac­tiv­i­ties

Re­fresh­ments in the ‘Be­douin tent’ at last year’s Ox­ford event

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.