The Pitstop Out of School Club is open to all 6 months-12 year olds. At Pitstop we promote the principles of Play; that children's play is freely chosen and that through Play children can explore - learning and developing as an individual. Our aim is to provide opportunities for the individual child to achieve his or her potential in a fun, friendly and caring environment.
We offer a total childcare package for families, all year round for all children from 2 - 12 years (from 6 months for Breakfasat Club, Pre-school and After School Club. Funded places available for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Find out more here.
Quality, affordable and flexible childcare for children
6 months -12 years
OFSTED rated ‘GOOD’ in all areas
Reg No: EY424658
Outdoor Healthy Living Project
At the Club healthy living is important - being outdoors, exploring and finding out where their food comes from. There are 2 parts to the project; Growing and Being Active.
The children have just created their mini sensory garden following a trip to the garden centre to buy a range of herbs, lavender and brightly coloured flowers. They designed and planted all the plants and have already seen the bees enjoying the lavender. The Growing project has really taken off this summer with a whole range of vegetables growing in our polytunnel and veggie beds.
Being healthy is also about keeping fit through play. Studies have indicated that an hour of active play a day has tangible benefits in keeping fit and healthy. From Forest School at the Pre-School to den building at the Holiday Club. To the children it's not exercise - it's Play!
Access to a community farm enables children to learn how to care for a range of animals. For example, children excitedly take turns in bottle feeding a lamb. Ofsted (2017)
Children have access to a stimulating range of activities that captures their interest and enthusiasm to learn. Ofsted (2017)
Children learn to play together and take account of the feelings and views of others. School-age children are very accepting and caring towards the pre-school children.’ Ofsted (2017)
‘The out-of-school club provides children with the freedom to play together and unwind after a long day at school. Parents are very complimentary about the care their children receive. They praise staff for creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and say their children love attending.’ Ofsted (2017)
In 2018 we are celebrating our 15th birthday! This is how we celebrated our 10th birthday...
Celebrating 10 years of Playwork
The Pitstop Out of School Club, based at the Play House in Melton, celebrated their milestone 10th birthday on 10th August 2013. Children at the club made and decorated a superb birthday cake just for the occasion. The afternoon was full of fun with balloon modelling, face painting and a giant art workshop, whilst staff were subjected to having wet sponges thrown at them!
Pitstop Manager, Heather Heelis said ‘It was a fantastic day which really celebrated 10 years of Playwork in the community. All children have an inbuilt need to play, at Pitstop we provide the opportunity for children to play freely in a safe and supported environment, enabling them to explore, create, make friends and above all, have fun! We pride ourselves on being one of the most inclusive clubs in Suffolk, achieving an ‘Outstanding' grade for inclusion at our last 2 Osfted inspections. At the end of the day we are just one big happy family.'
Christine Cone, Chairman added ‘Pitstop has an enthusiastic and professional team of Playworkers which put the needs of the children at the heart of everything they do. Following from our move into our purpose built building in 2011 we are extremely proud to have reached this milestone in and look forward to the next 10 years.'
Suffolk Quality Assurance Scheme Award
We are proud to be a Quality Assured Club
Open every school holiday including PD days
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
Open Monday to Friday during term time 3.15pm-6pm
Daily pick ups from Melton, Eyke, Sandlings, Kyson, Rendlesham, Woodbridge, Bealings and St Mary's Primary Schools, Farlingaye
We can also pick up from local Playgroups