skip to content

Childcare Office

 

Summer Childcare Information

 

University Nurseries

University nurseries are currently open and operating in adapted ways to ensure the safety of children and staff. From August, as nursery facilities will be able to open at their normal occupancy levels, the University nurseries at Edwinstowe Close, West Cambridge and Eddington will be welcoming all registered children.

 

University Holiday Playscheme

Changes in government guidance has given permission for holiday clubs to reopen from the end of July, where possible and whilst adhering to strict restrictions. However, as with other holiday club/playscheme providers, the University relies on external venues to operate. Despite the University’s best efforts and due to the restrictions in place as a result of the pandemic, the current venues the University uses have advised that they are unable to host the University Holiday Playscheme for summer 2020.  However, it is hoped that this position may change in time for school holidays later in the year.

 

In light of this, the University has undertaken extensive work to explore the possibility of using alternative premises, working with other organisations in the Cambridge area to compile information on alternative childcare options for parents for the coming summer holidays. Our Childcare Office has been in contact with over 200 potential school venues within a 15 mile radius and playschemes across the county to enquire whether their holiday provision will be running and, if so, whether spaces could be offered to University employees. From the responses received, a majority will not be running playschemes this summer and those who have confirmed that they are opening will be restricted on the spaces they can offer under the current government guidance.

 

The University’s Childcare Office remains committed to supporting parents and carers, particularly at this challenging time and is available to provide information about alternative support in the local area.

A selection of these providers are listed below. Please contact playscheme@admin.cam.ac.uk or childcareservices@admin.cam.ac.uk or visit the relevant link for further details.

The University is also continuing to explore ways to support staff with childcare needs over the coming weeks.

 

External holiday clubs

As mentioned above, under new government guidance, holiday clubs are now permitted to run, with provision beginning the week that state schools in your local area break up for the summer holidays. Numbers will be limited due to government regulations and Covid safety protocols.

Please note that the University does not recommend or endorse any of the following childcare providers. It is for parents to determine whether any provider they choose to use meets the health and safety needs of their child. 

A number of the big providers are not running clubs over the summer period, however My Family Care has a searchable listing of provision available, to either book through them or with providers directly.

Some clubs which are running include Multi Active who are offering holiday clubs in Hertfordshire, and Kings Camps are offering holiday club provision with a sports focus at four sites in Cambridge.

Cambridge Kids Clubs will also be running at three sites in the city, with bookings for entire weeks only.

Local Schools may also be providing holiday clubs, details can be found either via My Family Care or check with the University’s Childcare Office.

Gymfinity summer holiday camps in Cambridge will restart from Monday 27th July for children aged 6-14 years packed full of fun activities to build on their wellness, agility and coordination and expand their knowledge and skills.

 

Childcare and nannies

The University’s Childcare Office has links to resources and provision for childcare over the summer. My Family Care has a searchable listing of provision available.

Childcare.co.uk has listings of over 148 nannies in the Cambridge area, and other environs.

Harmony at Home  provides a wide range of childcare services for parents throughout the region covering Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, St.Neots, March, Chatteris, Wisbech and Peterborough. Making use of our extensive range of experienced and suitably qualified Nannies and Child carers, as well as recruiting specifically to meet your personal child care requirements. 

Gingham Kids provides maternity nurses, nannies and mothers help as a one-stop nanny agency for East Anglia, London and the Home Counties.

 

Online summer schools and educational courses

If a holiday club isn’t an option or available, and you want to keep your children entertained and educated over the summer, there are a number of online summer schools running:

With Tech Camp, children can learn the latest in Tech, build practical projects and socialise with other kids their age, all from the comfort of your own home

Young Film Academy  Virtual Filmmaking and Screen Acting Summer Camp is a practical film creation experience with other students from around the world.

Wey Virtual Summer School offers full immersion, skills-based programme that gives the learner valuable insights into sciences and history like never before, plus the chance to develop powerful and portable 21st Century life skills such as communication and empathy along the way. Learners can explore exciting subjects like animation, time travel, exploding science and superhero themes with exercises related to report writing, presentation skills and creating e-portfolios for ages 7 to 14.

Night Zookeeper is a website aimed at children aged 6-12, to develop their writing, reading and creative thinking skills.

 

Ideas to entertain and support

Services For Education is a unique charity that uses the power of learning and of music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people, adults and communities. They have complied a large number of resources to support parents and children over the summer months.

Parental Choice has focused on the needs on Tweens and Teens during the lockdown, with some useful resources for this age group

Save the Children have a great website full of ideas to keep little ones busy, indoors and out.

 

Further information

For further information on childcare services and contacts, please contact the University Childcare Office at playscheme@admin.cam.ac.uk or childcareservices@admin.cam.ac.uk.

You may also wish to subscribe to the Childcare Office newsletter or join the Supporting Parents and Carers at Cambridge (SPACE) network.

Further guidance on Planning for the summer for those with caring responsibilities is here - https://www.childcare.admin.cam.ac.uk/planning-summer-those-caring-responsibilities