C.L.O.W.N.S. Summer Playschemes 2015

C.L.O.W.N.S. provided Playschemes for school age children up to 13 years
in different venues across West Somerset from 30th July - 13th August



Due to this year’s funding restraints, we were only able to run six Playschemes. However, this did not restrict our enthusiasm! Web provided six days of Playschemes for school-age children up to 13 years in six different venues across West Somerset.

Funding this year came from: Parish Councils, Somerset County Council short breaks, Magna Housing, Minehead Town Council, Exmoor National Park, Somerset Play Forum and booking fees. Tesco also donated chocolate sprinkles. We should like to take this opportunity to thank all of the above for their support.

124 different children attended 261 days between them, an average of 43 children per day.

Children had the opportunity to take part in the following activities:

Great British Make off – Let’s do what the British do best. Bring along and upcycle a T-shirt or pair of shoes (or even an old folder). Children also made chocolate spoons, bunting, leather key rings, phone cases and jewellery making from buttons.

Extreme Outdoors – Bear Grylls, Steve Backshall, they couldn’t do it… can YOU survive the C.L.O.W.N.S.Extreme Outdoors Day? The children made dens and took part in lots of different team games. In ‘Crossing the River’ children had to get the whole team over the ‘shark and crocodile infested’ river and even had to rescue numerous cut-outs (of a body named ‘Dave’). Greta fun was had by all! Laser quest made from two giant cardboard boxes, different thicknesses of rope threaded through with bells attached. The children had to complete this without ringing any bells!

Inventive Chaos – Let’s go crazy with gloop, gunge, slime and sludge activities plus team games (which did involve some serious cleaning up!). We made cloud dough, played with shaving foam and cotton wool, had a game of wet sponge rounders and giant hungry hippo game involving skate boards, washing up baskets and lots of coloured balls.

Feedback from parent/carer evaluations has been positive and very constructive.

“My son has really enjoyed all of his days at C.L.O.W.N.S. He has come home from each one full of what he has been doing. Very happy and lovely staff.”

“The children had an awesome time at all the sessions.”

“Amazing value with friendly and professional staff. Thank you C.L.O.W.N.S., my children have enjoyed their sessions very much!”

“Water week.”

“Safe environment.”

"Playschemes are great and the kids love them. My only comment would be ‘Can we have more of them?’”

“I enjoyed the fact that it was free to choose what we wanted to do.”

"more cooking.”

I should like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff team for their hard work with preparation and delivery. Also to parents/carers who have written to say how much their children have benefited from the schemes. This does help with future funding and I would add what  a joy the children were to have on the Playschemes.

Jackie Barnes

Playscheme Co-ordinat