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Wigan Summer Camp help parents combat coronavirus

Wigan-based Out of School Club Care Love Learn is ready to launch this years Summer Camp on Monday, 20th July. It is one of the only holiday camp providers in the area to be operating a full service this summer to help local families survive the holiday period.

Wigan Summer Camp help parents combat coronavirus

"We believe that the service we are providing over the summer is essential in helping people to get back to normality and so that children are able to socialise and learn with their peers."
Sue Morris, Founder and Manager

Care Love Learn is located at St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School in Ashton-in-Makerfield. The team has ensured all their practices are COVID compliant in order to provide children aged 3-11 from across Wigan with high-quality childcare and educational support. 

The Out of School Club has been open throughout the lockdown period in order to provide essential childcare services to families of key workers. Activities throughout the summer will be organised in accordance with COVID procedure and policies as laid down by the government.

The founder and manager of Care Love Learn is local advocate and educationalist Sue Morris who has worked for 39 years with children, young people and families in the Wigan and Leigh region. 

Sue and the team have already been inundated with parent enquiries, with the service being described as ‘life-saving’ by some who are desperate to get back to work while also want a  fun and supportive environment for their children.

One parent commented: “Care Love Learn is a life saver as I am a key worker and there is either very little or no other childcare provision over the summer holidays.”

Commenting on the Summer Camp, Sue said: “The government wants people to go back to work and get the economy started but families with young children can only do that if they have access to a trusted childcare facility. We believe that the service we have provided over the past few months and over the summer is essential in helping people to get back to ‘normality’ and so that children are able to socialise and learn with their peers.

“The activities this summer will be a little bit different to what we are used to, but we will always find a way to achieve great outcomes for the children. 

“We have complete and exclusive access here at St Oswald’s Catholic Primary school in Ashton where we can create space for children to socially distance whilst allowing them to have access to a variety of activities both indoors and outdoors. This will ensure the children can have lots of fun within a safe environment.”

The Care Love Learn holiday camp will start on 20th July and will run until 28th August. The opening hours are 7.30am to 6.00pm, and parents can book their children in for full days or half days for as few or as many as they need. The team is being flexible with the provision to try and fit with different families’ schedules and requirements. 

Some of the activities at Care Love Learn’s Summer Camp will be fun and educational, teaching new skills such as sewing, cookery, pottery, as well as there being activities designed to help children learn about the environment and the world around them, and ones involving physical skills such as football, rugby, tennis, netball and good old rounders. There will be lots of art and craft activities each day and there will also be games, treasure hunts and parties and fun galore. Children will be provided with breakfast and tea each day, but parents have been asked to provide a packed lunch each day. 

Care Love Learn at St Oswald’s has been totally committed to ensuring the environment for children is safe throughout lockdown, introducing new measures of cleaning at the start of the day before children arrive, then ongoing throughout the day and at the end of the day when all children have gone home. All areas are cleaned to the highest of standards. 

There is a limited number of places available at Care Love Learn’s Summer Camp due to COVID restrictions, so families are advised to apply as soon as possible if they want to secure a place. 

The booking form is available on the Care Love Learn website or application forms can also be collected from St Oswald’s Catholic Primary school in Ashton.

The team can be contacted for more information on suem@carelovelearn.com or 01942 364666.