Friendly Faces is overseen by the School Governors and is run by a small, friendly team of three; Louise Parker who is the club manager, Jill Grenfell and Cath Lavin who are both Play Workers.
Friendly Faces is a provision which provides childcare for pupils of Robin Hood Primary School before and after school. We are based in the annexe, located at the back of the school in Reception’s playground. The club operates during term time only, opening Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The club is closed on bank holidays and school training days. Friendly Faces is a payable service, and charge £5 per session to attend the breakfast session, and £10 per session for the After School session; there is a 10% sibling discount to the eldest sibling.
Children are provided with breakfast each morning, consisting of a selection of cereals, and toast and a range of drinks are provided. The children are free to have as much as they wish and can have breakfast up until 8:30. The children are provided with Dinner which varies from night to night (please see the menu). The menu served is on a three week cycle, we have worked with Catering Leeds to provide a nutritional and balance diet. Dessert varies each day and includes yogurts, flapjack and ice-cream. Fruit is available every day and the children are welcome to help themselves, we also encourage the children to eat fruit as a snack.
There are a number of indoor and outdoor activities which the club provides for the children. We have access to the Reception playground and use this daily, playing team building games together. The children have access to a range of equipment including: skateboards, scooters, space hoppers, skipping ropes, footballs, tennis bats and balls and ankle skips. When on the field, there are tents available so the children can use their imagination making dens, homes, bedrooms etc.
Within the main building the children have access to a comfy sofa area where they can relax and watch TV after a busy day in school. They are able to play on the Nintendo DSs or the Nintendo Wii.
As part of the provision we have a lovely Reading Area where we encourage the children to read, either with an adult, a friend or simple enjoy a book alone. We work closely with school to ensure we provide a range of books which the children will enjoy.
The Home Corner is a great place to play imaginatively. We have a large selection of play food from different cultures, along with a dressing up rack with a wide variety of clothes and accessories for the children to dress up in. Alongside the Home Corner there is the Small World Area where the children can play with a selection of Lego, K’nex, toy animals and puppets as well as a wooden train track, car garage and board games.
The club aims to do a creative activity every week during the winter months (please see the medium term planning to see this terms project).