Didsbury Road Holiday Club

27th July –  31st August 2022

Disbury Road out of school club/ holiday club first opened in 1991. We have sole use of a very large dining hall, crush hall and access to the sports hall and outdoor play ground and playing fields. Holiday playschemes have a range of activities on offer which change daily.

Open to all children aged 5-11 years.  Children do not need to attend Didsbury Road primary school to enjoy our Holiday Club.

What to bring:

  • Your child will need a packed lunch each day.
  • Suitable footwear and outdoor clothing.
  • Breakfast and healthy afternoon snacks are provided.
  • Your child is welcome to bring their own scooter, helmet and favourite games, however staff cannot be held responsible should these items get lost, stolen or broken.
  • Please note that mobile phones are NOT allowed at the club.

Get in touch:

Club Manager: Sarah Gillen

Tel: 0161 442 9946 from 2.30pm each day

Open Monday to Friday 7.45am-6pm

Staff Qualifications

“Highly skilled staff have excellent knowledge of how children learn and couple this with a very secure knowledge of each child’s individual needs. This enables very successful promotion of children’s care and learning.” Ofsted, January 2013

Ofsted require 50 percent of staff to be trained to NVQ level 2. At Elm Cottage 98% of our staff are qualified to level 3 or above-2 % are presently training on the childcare apprenticeship scheme and a huge 25 % have degrees in Early Childhood Studies. This includes a qualified teacher with a  BEd (hons) and an  Early Years Teacher as part of the team. All staff are supported and guided by the area manager and experienced Nursery Teacher, Tina Kapp who has worked at Elm Cottage for 22 years.

“Robust recruitment and vetting procedures help to ensure that all staff are suitable to work with children. All staff undergo an induction programme and their progress is monitored by room leaders and more formally with an annual review. The manager sets very high standards and staff are fully committed to achieving standards of excellence in all areas. This is demonstrated by the support given to all staff to continue further with their professional development, which has led to the setting team being very highly qualified and skilled.” Ofsted, January 2013

ALL our staff are trained and are kept up to date in Paediatric First Aid.

For the 30 years that Elm Cottage has been caring for children we have always believed that every member of our team should be trained in and kept up to date in paediatric first aid, this is something we have felt very strongly about and has been implemented since first opening in 1989.

We now work with Millie’s Trust regularly and are proud to also provide support for our parents/carers with evening paediatric first aid workshops across our nursery settings.

We are now delighted to announce that our Orrishmere Nursery is one out of ten childcare providers across England that have become the first to achieve Millie’s Mark, the new quality mark for excellence in paediatric first aid for early years settings.

Click here to see Millie’s Trust and Elm Cottage on Granada Reports


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What’s On?

Week 1 – Animal week

27th July – 29th July

  • Frozen animal rescue activity
  • Cardboard giraffe families
  • Cheetah sprint races
  • Make your own jungle dens
  • Animal water colour silhouette pictures
  • Jelly fish sun catches
  • Fruit kebabs Buzzing bee’s game
  • Rabbit art with chalk pastels
  • Animal charades
  • Zoo themed yoga stretches
  • Safari bingo
  • Paper chain pythons
  • Shadow drawing round animals
  • Pipe cleaner hedgehogs
  • Animal paper plate masks

Week 2 – Nature Week

1st August – 5th August

  • Flower transfer art
  • Nature crown
  • Sunflower paintings
  • Sunset landscape collages
  • Rainbow leaf prints
  • Nature weaving
  • Hanging bug hotels
  • Twiggy owl nature craft
  • Mini beast scavenger hunt
  • Make your own nature portraits
  • Painting with nature
  • Design your own nature paintbrush

Week 3 – Outer space Week

8th August – 12th August

  • Foil printed moon pictures
  • Make a telescope
  • DIY Space Mobile
  • Solar System Catchers
  • Galaxy Dough
  • Moon Sand Recipe
  • Marble Planets
  • Water Colour planets paintings
  • Space Craft rockets
  • UFO Space Craft
  • Straw Rockets
  • Cardboard tube aliens
  • Make your own slime
  • DIY rain clouds
  • Balloon rockets
  • Making quicksand
  • Fizzy cloud dough
  • DIY solar cardboard oven

Week 4 – Heroes week

15th August – 19th August

  • Superhero masks
  • Design a cape
  • Ninja turtle plates
  • Hulk slime
  • Minion paper plate craft
  • Make your own Genie lamp
  • Captain America paper plate shield
  • Disney Bingo
  • Toy Story alien slime
  • Design your own Fairy wings
  • Superhero cuffs
  • Make a Moana flower head dress
  • Superhero playdough
  • Make your own superhero book
  • Superhero painted rocks
  • In addition to these activities we have daily continuous provision which includes:
  • Construction
  • Role Play/den making
  • Water/Sand
  • Creative
  • Reading Area
  • Games and Small World
  • Also a wide variety of sports including;
  • Tennis, Badminton, Dodge Ball, Rounders, Football, Tag Rugby and Hockey

Week 5 – Around the World

22nd August – 26th August

  • Around the world quiz
  • Make your own globe
  • Around the world cuisine
  • Chinese dragon crafts
  • Create a Venetian mask
  • Antarctica animal crafts
  • Make a desert collage
  • Paper plate Llamas
  • Design a Hawaiian lei
  • African hut model
  • Sydney Opera picture collage
  • Australian aboriginal rain stick craft
  • Make your own world map

Week 6 – Sports and Games week

30th August – 31st August

  • Lollipop stick bike craft
  • Parachute games
  • Tag rugby tournament
  • Mini Olympic games
  • Badminton games
  • Design your own trophy
  • Make a crown
  • Flag making craft
  • Musical statues
  • Balloon tennis
  • Lollipop stick skateboards

Book a place:

To book a place, please download the booking form here.

Alternatively please call or use the contact form below.  Once the manager has received your booking form and confirmed the availability payment will then need to be made to secure your child’s place.

Please note: We have limited availability and unfortunately your place cannot be confirmed until payment has been received.

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