St. Stephen's Stars
The school run the wraparound care provision at St Stephen’s from our studio.
How do I check availability at my Breakfast and/or After school club?
You can book for Stars through School Spider, where you can check availability, book and pay for your slot. To find out more about the booking system, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I pay?
You can pay directly via the booking system, using online payments. We also take childcare vouchers or you can pay via your childcare tax accounts.
Can I pay with Childcare Vouchers/Tax Free Childcare?
We are Ofsted registered so you can pay with Childcare Vouchers / Tax Free Childcare. Please click on the file download and the video tutorial at the bottom of this page.
What is the booking deadline for Breakfast Club sessions?
If there is availability on the Breakfast slots, you will be able to see via the booking system. You can book right up to 4pm the day before, as long as there are spaces.
Is there a booking deadline for after school club sessions?
If there is availability on the after school slots, you will be able to see via the booking system. You can book right up to midday on that day, as long as there are spaces.
Do you offer sibling discounts?
We do not offer sibling discounts. This is because each child requires as much care and attention as the next and we will not compromise on our staffing.
My child is going to be absent or I need to cancel a session, what should I do?
We will be sending out a dedicated St. Stephen’s Star telephone number, which can be called in light of absence or cancellations.
If your session is cancelled with less than a week’s notice, you will still be expected to pay for your session. This is because we will still be expected to pay the club staff and the food, resources and activities will already have been arranged.
Can I cancel after I book and will I get a refund?
Yes – you can cancel online and the following notice is required:
1 week or more notice of the booking date – 100% credit to account.
Less than 1 week of the booking date – no credit offered.
Do I need to inform you if I cancel a booking?
It is parents’ responsibility to inform the school if their child is not attending and you will be asked to send an email to the St. Stephen’s Stars booking email to cancel a booking. Due to high demand, if a child regularly misses their booked slot, they will be contacted by the school to discuss the reasons for non-attendance.
Can I swap days?
For breakfast and after school clubs you can cancel sessions in accordance with the cancellation notice above. If there is availability, you can then book new sessions. You need to ring or email St. Stephen’s Stars to arrange this.
What are the timings for St Stephens Stars?
- Our morning session runs 7.30am - 8.50am
- Our afternoon session runs 3.15pm - 6.15pm
How much does it cost?
The prices of the two sessions are currently as follows.
- the morning session will cost £8
- the afternoon session will cost £19
Where do I drop off and pick up my child/children?
You can drop off and collect your children at the studio door, via the gate on Winchester Road. The buzzer to the studio will be labelled ‘St. Stephen’s Stars’. You must drop your children directly to the studio door. and sign them in.
How do I contact St Stephens Stars?
St Stephen's Stars has a dedicated email address which is monitored during operating hours email@example.com
Please note that clubs should only be contacted for emergencies and change of collection details within club time.
Will St Stephens Stars take my child to their classroom/teacher?
- For the morning session, children in KS1 will be dropped to their classroom and teacher.
- KS2 will be dropped to their teacher in the playground.
How will my child get to St Stephens Stars after school?
In the afternoon session, KS1 children will be collected from their classroom and KS2 children will be picked up from their teacher in the playground.
Can my child also attend an extracurricular club after school?
You child can attend a school run or extra curricular club after school but we are unable to collect from these clubs so please organise drop off to St Stephens Stars with the coach, teacher, tutor or organisation running the extra curricular club. Please notify St Stephens Stars in advance if your child is attending an extracurricular club and any arrangements made.
Can I drop them off and pick them up?
Parents/carers can drop off at the before school club any time between 7.30 and 8.45am.
Parents/carers can collect from the after school club at any time from school finish until 6.15pm.
All children must be signed out by 6.15pm. Only people listed on the registration and who are 16 years of age or older can collect.
What happens if I am running late?
We understand that at times parents/guardians may be running behind schedule, and we will always ensure that we do our utmost to support our families where possible. If a child is collected late it will have a knock on effect on our teams and therefore a late fee of £8 per 15 minutes will be applied for late collections. If you are running behind schedule and your child will be collected late, please make you notify us in advance.
In the event of a child not being collected on time, we will attempt to call the parents/guardians. If we are unable to make contact, we will follow our safeguarding policy/uncollected child policy. We always strive to offer parents/guardians the support needed, however, if late collections become a reoccurring event, we reserve the right to withdraw our service.
FOOD & REFRESHMENT
What Breakfast is available to my child?
A variety of cereal, fruit and toast with spreads will be on offer each morning, Breakfast is optional.
A healthy and nutritious snack will be provided when your child arrives at the club and drinking water will always be available. We can provide wraps, sandwiches, crumpets and fruit but please note that this is not a meal replacement.
You must indicate on your registration form if your child has an allergy. We will have access to their medical records and medication, but it is important that you flag this on booking.
MEDICATION & ILLNESS
What if my child requires medication whilst at the club?
We already have stringent and robust procedures in place around medication, medical incidents and allergies in school.
You will be asked to indicate at the time of booking if your child has a medical condition. If your child requires medication or there is an incident whilst in the club, the same procedures will be followed during the club, as those which are taken during the day.
We will log all injuries on Evolve and in the case of medication or a bumped head, you will receive an email and children will also be given the usual red and white wristbands.
Can you tell me about the staff who will work in the Clubs?
At St Stephen’s Stars we run at a 1:8 adult to child ratio. St Stephen’s Stars club will be staffed with a mix of our own trusted and high quality staff, and a selection of newly recruited enthusiastic, inspiring and passionate individuals.
All staff will be DBS checked to Enhanced Level and will receive training in Playwork/Childcare.
There is a Paediatric First Aid trained member of staff on site at all times. Staff receive ongoing training in various aspects of child supervision and care, including safeguarding, behaviour management, child protection and activity delivery.
Will your clubs be able to take more children?
We are hoping to extend provision to have more places and activities in the future. When we are in a position to extend the existing provision to accommodate more children, we will inform you.
My child has additional needs. How can you help?
St Stephens Stars are fully inclusive and we try to support all children. It is important that we are fully informed of any child with additional needs so we can try and support him/her in the best way possible. The best way to do this is by notifying us on the registration form. We would also suggest raising this with our school SENCO who is Naomi Mulholland and the club manager prior to your child’s first visit.
If your child requires 1 to 1 support, we would need notice to try to arrange this. We do not offer 1 to 1 support as standard so this would be chargeable at an hourly rate. If required, we would suggest you speak with your local authority who may be able to help you access local funding.
What safeguarding procedures are in place?
The usual high safeguarding practices and standards exercised at St. Stephen’s School, will be in place for St. Stephen’s Stars. All staff will be safeguarding trained and there will always be a first aider on site. Access to medical equipment, supplies and records will be available.
What happens if someone else needs to pick up my child?
Only people listed as a Collector can pick up your child. You can easily change this by informing the school. Staff will only release children to people they know or can verify so please ask that collectors bring photo ID with them for checking. Any person collecting your child must be over 16 years of age.