When Visiting with Children
Click for 'on the day' guidelines.
In their separate sessions:
Children from 0 to 3. Currently this is parent led. Space is set aside with toys for the kids to play and let off steam. Parents are expected to stay and supervise. Facilities are available for feeding and changing.
Waders - Divers - Splash Zone
Children between three and eleven spend some of their time together and some in loose age groups, based on fit and friendships. Note the ages are a guide only.
Waders - 3 to 5 year olds
Divers - 5 to 7 year olds
Splash Zone - 7 to 11 year olds
For children at secondary school we have two groups. The 11 to 16 year olds meet together on Sunday mornings except for special events or during the school holidays. Older teens meet alternate Saturdays for breakfast.
On the Day
...You will be provided with a simple slip for each child below secondary school age. Make sure we know of any relevant health issues by handing the completed slip to a team member. Children have drinks and biscuits.
...encourage your child to use the toilet before we start.
...introduce your child to one of the team. We will aim to keep friends together.
...stay with your child until they are settled. After that, if you are needed we will come and find you. You are welcome to stay with your child throughout the whole session but please stay on the sidelines unless invited by a team member. Your children know you well; to others you are a stranger.
...collect Paddlers immediately at the end of the adult session. Other groups may take time to finish stuff unless there is a real pressure for you to rush away.
...we need your ideas and feedback. After the session the team leader will be glad to hear from you. If you have concerns regarding child safety issues, details of who to contact are in the foyer.