Before and After School - Helping Hands

Helping Hands at St. Mark's School opened in September 2012 and is registered to provide childcare for children aged 11 and under. The Breakfast Club is open from 7.30am until 8.45am and After School until 5.45pm weekdays during term time.

The club aims to provide a safe, secure and relaxed environment for the children in our care. We endeavour to provide an atmosphere and activities similar to those found within the home. We offer a wide range of activities, incorporating cookery, craft, board games, reading, imaginary play, construction, sport and much more. During their time at the club children choose activities that they wish to participate in.

A snack and drink are provided each day; however this is not intended to substitute for a main evening meal that the child may receive at home.

We promote independence, by encouraging the children to prepare their own snacks, and to clear away after themselves. We use fresh ingredients and follow statutory guidelines. Fresh drinking water is available at all times. Individual dietary requirements and parental preferences are met wherever possible. We recognise the importance of healthy nutrition for children delivered in a calm, friendly setting. We allow children to decide when they are ready to eat, but request that food be consumed whilst sitting at the snack table.

Playing with friends.
Fun and games.

Making cakes.
Playing board games together.

Sharing books.
Working hard.