Extra places for Cherwell’s holiday hubs filling up fast

The Warriner School, Bloxham,  hosts CDCs Holiday Hubs

The Warriner School, Bloxham, hosts CDCs Holiday Hubs

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More than 900 bookings were taken during the first two weeks of Cherwell District Council’s holiday hubs leading to an increase in places being made available.

Additional staff have been hired to manage the hubs at sites in Banbury, Bicester and Bloxham following a record 917 bookings during the initial fortnight.

However despite additional resources being made available, places are continuing to fill up fast.

Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell’s deputy leader, said: “There is no doubt that the holiday hubs are a popular resource for both parents and children as the first two weeks of bookings speak for themselves.

“For parents, they offer a practical and affordable solution to childcare issues and are a great way to keep children occupied in a safe and supervised environment.

“For the kids it’s a fun place to hang out with old and new friends while taking part in a range of creative and active games.

“There are still four weeks of the summer holidays to go and with so much demand, we have increased the resources so even more children can join in the fun. However even with the additional staff places are filling up fast so parents are being advised to book early or risk missing out.”

The hubs take place weekdays at North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury, Cooper School in Bicester and The Warriner School in Bloxham.

The hubs are open to children aged between five and 15 and offer daily arts and crafts, sports and games. They also feature a rotating guest activity ranging from trampolining and swimming to fencing and archery.

All sessions are led by DBS (formerly CRB) checked staff. Lunch breaks are supervised but not catered for.

The short day sessions run from 8.45am until 3pm and cost £14.95. Alternatively, full day sessions which run from 8.45am until 5pm cost £18.95. This equates to just over £2.25 per hour.

Places must be booked in advance and are filling up fast. To book a place call 01295 221803 or for details email www.cherwell.gov.uk/holidayactivities