Gimme a Hi5 this holiday
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HUNDREDS of children have been enjoying their summer holidays at the Hi5 Holiday Camp in the Haydon Centre.
Every summer Hi5 Holiday Camp welcomes children aged four to 12 from all over the town to take part in daily activities, games and entertainment to keep them occupied throughout the long break from school.
Helen Smith, one of the staff members who helps run the camp, said: “The majority of the people are working parents but even if you’re not a working parent and you want your child to have a go at doing something different and your child is just home with you then it’s a good thing to come along to.
“It’s a really good thing for parents to sign up for because its a great place for children to come to a safe environment. It’s reasonably priced and at the end of the day it’s a good safe place for children to come and have fun.”
This summer the camp, which has run every weekday from 9.30am to 4.30pm since July 25, has been entertaining youngsters with team games and sports, quizzes, trampolining and a bouncy castle as well as arts and crafts, music and dance activities.
All activities are based around a theme, and this holiday’s theme is Around the World in 26 Days. Last week youngsters made the most of the Egypt theme and this week the theme will be Australia.
“Every morning they come in, we have circle time and explain the golden rules, and then we have some team games like dodgeball or Farm a Farmer,” Helen added.
Hi5 Holiday Camp and its predecessor have been run by Swindon Council for about 20 years, and it aims to cover all aspects of a child’s development and well-being including their emotional and social needs, while there is also a provision for early risers and late pick ups.
Children can come into the camp from 8.15am and be collected in the afternoons as late as 5.45pm.
Hi5 is registered with Ofsted and the holiday camp encompasses the criteria laid down in their guidelines.
All staff have undergone in-house training courses on child protection and welfare and staff have also been cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to work with children.
Parents can sign their children up to take part in the camp for however long they like, with bookings taken for a single day or for every week until it ends on August 30.
A standard day costs £18.55 with a SwindonCard or Leisure in Swindon card and £31.50 without the discount card, while a standard day with an early start from 8.15am or a late finish until 5.45pm is £21.85 with a SwindonCard or Leisure in Swindon card and £37.15 without.
A registration form must be completed before your child can enrol – you can download the Hi5 camp registration form or complete the sports camp online form by visiting http:// tinyurl.com/obmp9sp.
Parents wishing to take advantage of the Hi5 camp can also contact the Haydon Centre on 01793 706666.
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