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Childcare in Cambridgeshire for 4 - 11 year olds

Holiday clubs - After school clubs - Breakfast clubs at Girton Glebe Primary, Cambridge, Ridgefield Primary, Cambridge and Robert Arkenstall Primary, Haddenham

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What is a Play Leader at Smartkidz Play and Learn?

Working with children is well known as one of the most rewarding, challenging and multi-faceted jobs there is. Whether you work in a nursery, a school, a forest school or an after-school club, you will know that every day brings a new challenge. Despite the regular routines, no two days are ever the same.  At…

The High Price of Childcare in Cambridge and How to Get Value for Money

Childcare costs in Cambridge have hit a record high and are among the most expensive in the country. However, this isn’t the only financial challenge we face. Between 2006 and 2018, the cost of living increased by 2.4% each year. This rise created extra pressure on our wallets and bank accounts. We’ve had to become…

7 Outdoor Activities to Try This Winter

As the weather turns colder it is tempting to encourage children to stay indoors. However, getting outside is just as beneficial in the winter months as at any time of the year. If you embrace the outside opportunities available during the Winter, you will be amazed at the possibilities.  Many activities that are usually linked…

4 Great Reasons to Visit the Beach in Winter

As winter approaches, a trip to the beach is likely to be the last thing on your mind. Surprisingly, getting to the seashore could be just what you need to blow away the cobwebs and shake off the stress of the festive season. For both adults and children, the pressure and excitement that surround the…

5 Reasons we Love Our Summer Holiday Club

It can be hard make the right childcare arrangements sorted for the long Summer holidays. In the UK more children than ever are choosing to spend their time in holiday clubs. Throughout Cambridgeshire many of those children decided to spend their time at a Smartkidz holiday club. This year we had the best Summer ever!…

Why is Risk so Important for Child Development?

The thought of children being exposed to risk is one of many parent’s worst nightmares. Much of the focus of our time as parents is keeping our children safe and minimising risk. Isn’t that what makes a good parent? However, a report by the Natural Trust has revealed that keeping children safe has resulted in…

Why Should I Choose a Holiday Club this Summer?

For those of us who work full time, the approaching summer holiday can be a nightmare. We want to give our children an enjoyable break from a year of hard work but keeping them entertained or finding suitable childcare isn’t easy. However, there are lots of options out there and holiday clubs are among the…

PARS 4 Parents- The World of Playwork Practice

On Monday 8th July 2019 Dr Shelly Newstead, the founder of PARS Playwork, Common Threads and the International Journal of Playwork Practice, led a workshop entitled ‘PARS 4 Parents’. It was designed to give parents an understanding of the PARS approach taken by staff at Smartkidz Play and Learn. What is an adventure playground? The…

Play Opportunities you can Provide at Home

At Smartkidz Play and Learn, our staff are trained in PARS Playwork practice. Their role is to protect and facilitate the act of play with little adult interference. Playwork allows the opportunity for play that promotes imagination and creativity, builds resilience through risk taking, aids social skills, and improves physical and mental health. In practice,…

Bubble Magic

This is a memorable story of connecting a mother`s love through the uniqueness of play and the nature of playwork and bubbles. The playwork approach is holistic and about expanding the individual child’s play experience and opportunities. On this particular day, I had fourteen children in my care, ranging from the ages of five to…

Photo of Smartkidz team with their playwork award nomination

Proud to be shortlisted for the National Frontline in Playwork Award 2019. 

"Play is the business of children themselves." Paul Lambert 1974

A safe, children-centred ethos

We put the children’s safety and well-being above all else; putting their feelings and needs first in everything we do.