Aftercare is a service provided for children whose parents/guardians, for either work or family/personal reasons, are unable to collect their children directly after school. Aftercare is not as structured as the school morning, however it does provide a relaxed space and routine where children have lunch and/or a snack, hear a story, play, learn new games and skills and do their homework. The environment and values are in keeping with the Waldorf approach.
Michael Oak’s Aftercare operates both in the Playgroup/Kindergarten and the Primary School. Playgroup/Kindergarten Aftercare is open every school day from 12:15 to 15:15. Children who are not collected by then, are taken up to the Primary School Aftercare. Primary School Aftercare is open every school day from 12:30 to 17:30.
There is an aftercare supervisor in both the KIndergarten and Primary School. Both are considered members of Faculty and report to the College of Teachers.
For security purposes, we keep a daily register with child’s name, arrival time, name of person who collected the child and departure time.
During the school holidays Michael Oak offers a holiday club programme. The programme varies from term-to-term and only runs if there is enough interest. The programme has included parallel activities such as:
- Holiday Club (similar to aftercare)
- Basketball Clinic
- Ball Skills, Fitness and Soccer Bootcamp
- Daily Outdoor Adventures (off-campus)
The activities are for various age groups. Children are welcome to do a combination, but must register and pay in advance. A detailed programme is mailed to the school community and advertised in the Leaflet a few weeks before the end of each term.
“Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom.”
“For every one step that you take in the pursuit of higher knowledge, take three steps in the perfection of your own character.”
“Activities demanding manual and bodily skill, such as knitting, leads to the enhancement of the faculty of judgement.”