- Why Barracudas?
Q: HOW IS THE DAY ORGANISED?
A: The day is organised into six one-hour sessions each day, with a choice of at least two activities in each. We offer a range of multi activities so there are choices for children whether they prefer sporty activities or more creative ones. Each day there are two short breaks and a lunch break.
Q: WHAT ARE THE ARRIVAL AND COLLECTION TIMES?
A: Our standard hours are 8.30am to 5.30pm, where you can drop children off between 8.30am and 9.30am and collect at the end of the day between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. To offer further flexibility to your childcare arrangements we offer Early and Late Clubs which extend the day from 8am to 6pm. (Activity sessions start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm.)
Dropping your child off is normally a very quick process but please allow extra time on your child's first day to register and to hand in your Essential Information form, this ensures we have all the necessary information about your child. Please also allow plenty of time for collection as staff will be going through the necessary security procedures.
Where possible, please avoid dropping off or collecting your child within the 9.30am to 4.30pm period as children and staff will be taking part in activity sessions. If you do need to drop off or collect within these hours please call the camp phone first to arrange with the Camp Manager.
Q: WHAT IF I AM DELAYED?
A: Don't worry - your child will be well cared for until you arrive. If you're likely to be delayed after 5.30pm, please call the camp so our staff can let your child/ren know. We will book them into the Late Club and you can pay the £4 when you collect them. The Late Club is registered until 6.00pm. If you think you will be later than 6pm please arrange for someone else to collect your child. We are only registered to care for children until 6.00pm and are obliged to notify Children's Services of any child still on site after this time. Any parents collecting children after 6.00pm will also incur a charge of £5 for every 5 minutes which will be applied to their account.
Q: WHICH ACTIVITIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
A: As a holiday childcare provider, all of the activities are included in the price as opposed to needing to book activities individually. All camps offer a minimum of 35 activities in one week, with some only offered to appropriate age groups. Activities may vary between camps depending on resources available. Very popular activities such as swimming are offered at least twice a week (only available to camps that have a swimming pool, see camps individual pages for further information). Some activities have restricted numbers and where this is the case the activities will be rotated fairly amongst the children in the group during the week. Should we need to withdraw any of the activities, for example as a result of unsuitable weather conditions or equipment failure, we will re-instate them as soon as is practically possible.
A few of our activities roam between camps to offer the children a wider range. As standard these include our giant inflatable assault course, criss cross zorbing, rodeo bull, bungee run, under pressure, demolition ball, sweeper and aeroball. These pieces of equipment cause great excitement when they arrive to camp!
Q: ARE MOTORSPORTS INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME?
A: Yes motorsports is offered as part of the normal activity programme and we will always try to ensure that each child aged 7 years and over is given the chance to try this activity. In the event of wet weather or equipment failure however we cannot always guarantee this and in this situation priority is given to children who have pre-booked a Skills Builder course. If your child would be disappointed if they were not offered motorsports in their programme, we suggest you book a Motor Mania Course. The minimum age for petrol-driven vehicles is 7 years old, although some vehicles are only appropriate for children aged 10 years and over. For children under 7 years we provide electric go-karts, which are included in the programme and not offered as extra sessions.
Q: IS THERE ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SKILLS BUILDERS?
A: Although it is not always necessary to pre-book these extra courses, demand does vary from camp to camp, and places on each of the courses are limited. In order for children to benefit from the general activity programme and the variety of activities on offer, only one Skills Builder course can be booked per week. For further information on our Skills Builder courses click here.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
A: We can't organise the weather, but we do have a wet weather programme which swings into operation at the first sign of rain. As we are providing holiday childcare, we always have the British weather in the back of our minds when selecting schools and colleges to be Barracudas camps. Our well-appointed schools have excellent facilities, so we can always offer a wide and varied wet weather programme. Some activities will be withdrawn in wet weather for safety reasons.
Q: WILL I RECEIVE AN ACTIVITY TIMETABLE?
A: Yes, we will email the timetable to you at the end of the day so you can see which activity choices your children have been offered. This is a great opportunity for you to sit down with your child and discuss which options they chose and to find out a bit more about their day. We do not send you the timetable in advance as we are concerned that factors such as weather could lead to many changes and any discussions you had with your children over activity choices could lead to disappointment.
Q: WHAT ARE THEME DAYS?
A: Our theme days are a great excuse for everyone to dress up and have a good time. You don't have to spend hours making or fortunes buying costumes in advance, unless you want to, as children will be able to make outfits and props during camp. So whether they've always wanted to be their favourite pop star, sports star, pirate or superhero, their dreams can come true during theme days! For further information on our Theme Days click here.