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COOL CATS INFORMATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2020
Thursday 16th July 2020
Cool Cats Information for September 2020
Dear Parents / Carers,
As you are aware, during the period since 20th March 2020 until the end of the summer term, we have only been able to offer Cool Cats Before and After School Care Provision for the children of key workers. I would like to thank all families for your understanding and support throughout this time with regards to this decision. I know how difficult it has been for families and your support has been very much appreciated.
From September, Cool Cats will once again be open for all our children. The governors and I recognise that this is a vital service for working parents and it is important that we do what is necessary in order to be able to open safely for all who need it.
Breakfast Club will remain the same time, it will open daily at 7.30 a.m. and run up until the start of the school day.
After School Club has had to change its hours. These changes will be reviewed regularly and as soon as restrictions around distancing and the mixing of pupils are relaxed, we will look to moving back to our normal times. The changes are due to us having to triple the number of staff that we will require to run the service and therefore the additional costs this entails. We do not want to pass these costs on to families and so the best decision for all was to reduce the service slightly. After school club will therefore run from the end of the school day until 4.30p.m. daily.
Booking a place - Parents will now have to book their children in for sessions. Children cannot just turn up at Breakfast Club unannounced and parents cannot phone during the day and ask if their child can attend Cool Cats that night. We will be strictly adhering to bookings only, so please do not put staff in difficult situations by not doing so.
How do I book in? A link to an electronic form will be sent out later today via text message to all parents for completion. This form will ask you to let us know if you need the service, if you have fixed days that you need and if you do have fixed days then you can identify them on the form. If you have fixed days then you will only have to let us know this once and your child will be added to the register for the days and times requested.
Those parents who work different days each week or work shifts will be asked to complete the first three questions on the form and then to email the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know about your working hours and how far in advance you will be able to inform us of your needs. We will require you to send through your booking each week for the following week and we will then add your child to the registers for the days requested.
The children will be separated out in to their class sets whilst in Cool Cats so that we are not mixing groups. We will be using the hall and classrooms for the provision, so in September we will let you know where to pick up your child from. Drop off at in the morning will always be at the Cool Cats door. Where possible the children will be cared for and supervised by an adult from within their own class during their time in Cool Cats - again to limit the mixing of groups. This means that we have had to ask many of our teaching assistants to work overtime and I am so grateful to them for agreeing to this.
Please check your emails and text messages regularly for updates about Cool Cats and contact the school office if you wish to discuss any of this further.
Mrs C Dunne
COOL CATS BOOKING FORM FOR SEPTEMBER 2020
Cool Cats and Wild Things Before and After School Club
Here at St Joseph's we run a before and after school club each day. The Club opens from 7.30 a.m. and runs until 8.40 a.m. each morning and then we run an evening session from the end of the school day until 5.30 p.m.
Parents can request fixed days and times to use the Club; however we do recognise the importance of keeping this flexible and so parents can call us at any time to ask to use the provision as and when they require it.
The Club is staffed by a dedicated team, the majority of whom also hold other roles within school and are therefore familiar to the children. The Club has its own dedicated room with cooking facilities and toilets, but they also use many of the school's facilities such as the hall, the playground and at times classrooms.
During the morning sessions the children are provided with breakfast, including drinks and after school the children all enjoy a snack and a drink.
If you would like to enquire about the facility please contact Mrs Clarke in the School Office.
Cool Cats and Wild Things Costings.
Charges are made per session and term time only.
Mornings = £3
Afternoons = £4 if collected before 4.30pm and £8 if collected after 4.30.
Mornings and Afternoons= £10
There will be discounts for those who access the Club on a full time basis – every morning and every afternoon.
Full time - £47.50
There will also be a 10% discount on all of the above costs for siblings.
For those who are starting up or renewing standing orders, using bank transfer or a voucher scheme as the method of payment please use your eldest child’s name as the reference so that payments can be easily identifiable.