No Easter childcare? We’ve got it sorted
Can’t bear to have kids lolling around the house over the Easter hols? No fear: help is at hand with the return of Ultimate Activity Camps across the Muddy counties.
If your little darlings are missing time with other kids and desperately in need of an injection of fun (that same old skate park doesn’t have the same allure 150th time around…) then you’ll be feeling slightly giddy when I tell you that Ultimate Activity Camps are back for Easter. Back, I tell you!
The day camps take place in 35 top private schools with facilities to match around the south of England during school half terms and holidays with Easter the clear calling card on the horizon.
There’s a mind-blowing array of activities for 4-14 year olds with a strong emphasis on sports and outdoor activities, so it’s a brilliant way to raise the heart rate and pull them away from the triumvirate of TV, gaming and phones to actually, y’know, interact with other humans.
There are 40 activities to choose from, everything from dancing to football to inflatables to nature trails to swimming and roller racing, and for the little ones when they’re completely pooped, story time. New for this year is ‘Combat Archery’, a winning combo of Dodgeball, Laser Quest, and Archery for over 8s, that should satisfy any Hunger Games fans.
Having chucked my children into a whole range of activity camp providers over the years – as a working mum, I was busy creating literary magic on Muddy (or occasionally, um, dipping out for lunch with a friend) – I can tell you that you can never be sure classes won’t be taught by anyone more qualified than a spotty teenager, so what I particularly like about Ultimate Activity Camps is that they’re run by Early Years qualified teachers, educators and sports coaches. So you can drop off the kids guilt-free, knowing they’ll be looked after, exercised, fed, socialised, and – huzzah! – knackered on pick up.
Sounds too good to be affordable? Actually nope. It’s £49 per day / £222 per week with the ability to throw on early drop-off and late pick-up for another £7, and until 11 March there’s an early bird deal that offers a day camp for £43 and a week for £182. Even if you don’t have the exact dates now, you can always move dates up to 14 days before your booking.
Bookings are COVID-secure, with full refunds or credits offered if the camp can’t go ahead and a credit goes to households who have to self-isolate during a camp. There will also be appropriate COVID measures in place including social distancing, bubbles, use of masks and regular hand washing.
Tempted? Too right. Check out the local camp locations and dates and remind me to tell you ‘I told you so’ when your kids rave about it afterwards.