Coronavirus Update

We wanted to let you know Barneys policy regarding Coronavirus - Covid 19. We are of course keeping a close watch on government and
public health advice but at present our approach is as follows:

* If Barnabas Oley School is closed due to a government directive - BARNEYS WILL ALSO CLOSE.
* Otherwise holiday club, after school club and breakfast club will remain open unless instructed to close.
* Should our team become ill or need to self-isolate then we may need to temporarily close. We will still need to maintain the same staff:children ratios to ensure that club runs safely. We will give you as much notice as possible if it looks like we will have to close.
* The position of Easter Holiday Club is less clear, especially if schools remain open up until the start of the Easter holidays. At present we don't know whether we will be allowed to remain open. Unless directed to close we plan to be open for business as usual, assuming that staff remain fit and well.

We are currently reviewing our charging policy in these uncertain times.

Although Barneys is a not-for-profit organisation, we have a number of fixed overheads and will still need to charge our customers to cover these, albeit at a reduced rate. We are currently doing the sums to work out at what level this will be and we will communicate this as soon as possible.
Barneys Committee have taken the decision to dig into our reserves to cover the direct costs should Easter holiday club be subject to closure. If you have a space booked and holiday club is closed then we will not charge you. We felt it unfair to penalise those parents / carers who have been super-organised and booked their spaces early rather than leaving it until the last minute.
We thank you for your support.

About us!

Barneys Club started in 2001 as an After School Club for local children attending Barnabas Oley CE Primary School to help parents meet the demands of their working day.
Over the years Barneys has grown and now we are pleased to offer Before and After School care, as well as Holiday Club to all children from the surrounding Villages.  

We like to think of ourselves as the "Ultimate Play date", where your children can come along and be loud, have lots of fun and hang out with lots of friends all at one time, whether you work or just want the kids to go have some social time during the long School Holidays!

Barneys offers a safe place to play, socialise and relax in a happy and secure environment. We're an Ofsted-registered ‘not-for-profit’ organisation run by a volunteer committee and we employ a professionally qualified Manager and staff.  

We accept children aged between 4 and 11 and are Ofsted registered to care for Pre-school children too.  However, as there is excellent existing provision for pre-school children in the village, we only accept younger children in exceptional circumstances.

Barneys Club aims to:

  • Provide a happy, safe, warm and stimulating environment for all children to play, learn and develop freely
  • Help children to develop responsibility for themselves and their actions and to become competent, confident, independent and co-operative individuals
  • Encourage children to have a positive attitude and respect for both themselves and other people
  • Promote a positive relationship with parents/carers and Barnabas Oley School and work in partnership with them to provide high quality play and care for their children
  • Offer inclusive services that are accessible to all children in the community
  • Undergo regular monitoring and evaluation of our services to ensure that the Club continues to meet the needs of children and parents/carers
  • Work in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, and other Local Groups.

Barneys Club is committed to meeting the needs of children, parents and carers by:

  • Listening and responding to their views and concerns
  • Keeping them informed of our policies and procedures, including opening times, fees and charges, and programmes of activities
  • Sharing and discussing their child’s achievements, experiences, progress and friendships, along with any difficulties that may arise.

Barneys Club is committed to:

  • Offering a wide range of play and activities that respond to children’s needs
  • Providing access to a variety of facilities and equipment under safe and supervised conditions
  • Ensuring the staff team is experienced, well trained and properly supported
  • Offering a service that meets the conditions of the Children’s Act 1989 and all other relevant childcare legislation, wherever they apply
  • Providing an environment where no child is bullied or suffers discrimination of any form.

We hold an AGM in the Autumn term where parents/carers can find out everything we've been up to.  We're always on the lookout for enthusiastic people to join our friendly committee and new committee members normally join us at the AGM to help shape Barneys Club's future development.  

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