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The University of Cambridge Holiday Playscheme (UCHP) is run by the University of Cambridge, primarily for the children of their staff and students.

We provide high quality play opportunities and care for children who have started primary school (from reception class to 15 years old) throughout Cambridgeshire Local Authority school holidays (excluding Christmas and Bank Holidays). Our venue at St Mary’s Junior School is open for some additional holiday periods.

Playscheme is administered from the University of Cambridge's Childcare Office, located at 21 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QA. This is the sole location for contact between Playschemes.

I am pleased to announce that the Playscheme will operate during the October holiday. 


The next Playscheme will operate from Monday 25 October – Thursday 28 October 08:30-17:30 and Friday 29 October 08:30- 16:30 at St Mary’s Junior School.


Here is some information you may find useful.


University of Cambridge Holiday Playscheme (UCHP) will not be operating in bubbles this holiday, although children will be assigned a ‘base room’ for the beginning and end of each day UCHP staff members will not be required to wear masks as reflected in current Government guidelines. However, if staff chose to, UCHP will support this. Parents will continue to drop off and pick up their children at the front door and will not be allowed to come onto the site premises, exceptions to this will be made in an emergency.


Bookings for October

Applications from University staff and students, Cambridge Assessment staff, Cambridge University Press staff, College staff as well as staff and parents of children attending St Marys can be submitted from 11:00am on 28 September.

General Public bookings will be processed from 07 October.  Please can I remind you that although General Public bookings will not be processed until 07 October, you may send your booking form to us from 11:00am on 28 September.

Advance bookings for October will close on 15 October at 13:00.

No booking emails will be accepted after 16:00 on 22 October.  If you wish to book a place after this time you will need to contact the sites directly during the holiday.