Summer Club

The University of Bradford Nursery operates a Summer Club during the summer holiday period.

We can accommodate up to 16 children between the ages of 5-12 years old each day.

The Summer Club is situated within the main nursery. Places are offered on a first-come-first-served basis and are predominantly available for staff and students of the University of Bradford. 

However, if there are any spaces left public users are welcome to join. There is a set rate for sessions plus there will be additional costs for any organised trips/activities.


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Dates and times

Summer Club runs for five weeks each year.

Summer Club 2018 is from Monday 23 July - Friday 24 August, for children from 5-12 years old.

There are two sessions per day:

  • Morning session - 9.00 - 13.00
  • Afternoon session - 13.00 - 17.00

Summer Club typically runs during the summer holiday period, however if nursery numbers allow we would consider the following holidays:

  • February half term for one week
  • Easter Half term for two weeks
  • May spring bank holiday for one week
  • Summer Holidays for five/six weeks
  • October Half Term for one week 

Activities and excursions

The room is divided into areas of various types of play experiences.

These areas include:

  • large and small construction sets
  • imaginative play
  • home corner
  • mark making
  • dance mats
  • games machines
  • small world
  • football table

Children can access messy/art and craft activities throughout the day as well as relax in the quiet area or read books.

The children will have the opportunity to watch age-appropriate videos/DVDs but this is not regularly encouraged.

The children are invited to bring along their scooters or bikes to use in our varied outdoor areas which include grassed, paved or all weather pitches.

As we are relatively close to a number of parks we also visit these on a regular basis.

In the past Summer Club have planned a variety of excursions and optional trips for your child to participate these have varied from bowling, ice skating, swimming, Royal Armouries, Coal mining museum, Harewood House, and many more.

To transport the children we use public transport, buses and rail.

We also use private coaches which are all fitted with seat belts.

Whilst on visits all children wear arm bands and stickers which are secured to their top clothing, these provide emergency contact information.

Staff carry mobile phones and parent/carers are provided with these contact numbers.

Meal times

Children can bring a healthy packed lunch or choose to have a nursery meal at an additional cost of £3.90 per day.

We provide children with breakfast and a light afternoon snack.

Children have access to a water cooler which is freely available throughout the day.

Staff ratios

We maintain a staff / child ratio of 1:8 at all times when in the main play area. When we take children on excursions or external visits we maintain a ratio of 1:4.

Our Summer Club is led by a qualified member of the staff team and supported by a second staff member.

During trips the staff team will consists of the Summer Club Leader, a number of regular staff and those working on temporary contracts.

All staff are suitably checked (DSB) and have range of qualifications and experience.

Complaints procedure

If a parent/carer feels that they have cause to complain about an incident in the Nursery, the Nursery administrative arrangements or about some aspect of the care provided, they should make a complaint to the Head of Nursery, or in her absence the Deputy Head.

If the Head or Deputy is unable for whatever reason, to deal with the complaint in a manner which the parent finds acceptable, then the parent is advised to write to Chris Spargo the Commercial Manager setting out the exact details of the complaint:

Chris Spargo
University of Bradford
Estates and facilities
Phoenix North East
01274 236276

The Commercial Manager will investigate the matter, discuss it with the complainant, and attempt to bring the matter to a satisfactory conclusion.

The decision of the Commercial Manager shall be final, subject to the right of any member of the University to submit a plea to the council of the University for the redress of a grievance.

Contact your local council or call your local police on 101 if you think a child is in danger.

Any complaint relating to an alleged offence under the Childcare Act 2006, or an alleged breach of Ofsted’s regulations should also be pursued in accordance with the above arrangements.

You must complain to the provision before complaining to any other organisation. The procedure is the same whether you have a child at the provision or not.

If the concern is caused by the actions of a member of Ofsted’s Early Years staff, parents should report their concerns to Ofsted’s Complaints Helpline on 0300 1234 234 or email:

If parents have general concerns about Ofsted’s Early Years work, write to: 

Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
M1 2WD

0300 123 1231
Text phone: 0161 618 8524