Booking dates for the 2023-24 Holiday Playschemes are:
February Half Term (12-16 February 2024) – bookings from Monday 15 January 2024.
Easter playscheme (2-12 April 2024, closed on Easter Monday 1 April) – bookings from Monday 26 February 2024.
May Half term (28 May – 31 June 2024) – bookings from Monday 29 April 2024.
Summer Holiday playscheme (Dates TBC) – bookings from Monday 3 June 2023.
Places are limited so make sure you contact us as soon as bookings open.
When it comes to booking your child(ren) place for any playscheme, we will endeavour to send an email reminder as a courtesy, but it is your responsibility to contact Elizabeth House to book. Places will be given out on a first come first served basis and places can only be confirmed once payment is received.
You a required to book a full week. Ad-hoc bookings are subject to availability (if there are other families requesting ad hoc days we will try to match them). We need to ensure we have adequate staffing and remain financially viable to run the service.
Booking your child for the first time?
The Holiday Playscheme is for children from Reception to Year 9. Our Ofsted registration number is EY489588.
All those wishing to book for any Holiday Playscheme will need to fill in a registration form before booking:
your child has SEND, you will be required to complete this Childcare Registration Form SEND_2023 to ensure that we can fully support your child during the Playscheme.
Your child(ren) will then need to be assessed by booking a pre-visit to Elizabeth House. Without the assessment your child(ren) will not be booked.
Elizabeth House can only take a limited number of children with SEND. This is due staffing ratio’s and ensuring all children are safely supported.
The current price for a child attending is £20 a day or £100 a week.
The concession price for those receiving universal credit or DWP support is £10 a day, or £50.00 a week (proof must be provided).
For information on other playschemes, please visit the Council website
Lunch Bunch programme (formerly known as Holiday Activity and Food programme – HAF)
As a part of Islington’s Holiday Activity and Food programme, Elizabeth House will endeavour to run a Lunch Bunch programme during all major holidays (Christmas, Easter and Summer).
Islington’s Lunch Bunch programme provides free activities and food for children from Reception age to Year 11 (4 years – 14 years) who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals (FSM). Other eligible children include:
- children assessed by the local authority as being in need, at risk or vulnerable, including children with social workers (on Children in Need (CIN) or Child Protection (CP) plans) or family support workers and young carers
- looked-after children or previously looked after children
- children with an EHC plan (Education, Health and Care plan). If your child requires 1:1 support, please contact your social/family worker. Parents of children with SEND or EHC plans must contact us before booking. We have limited places available and need to ensure we can support your child’s needs.
If you are booking via Lunch Bunch/HAF, bookings open on 20 June 2023, 6pm via this link www.islington.gov.uk/lunchbunch
For more information, visit the Council’s website
What’s on offer?
Each Playscheme provides a fun and varied programme including sports, cookery, team games, music, arts and crafts, quiet zones and computer sessions.
There are also weekly trips to a range of exciting places. The trips vary, but previous trips have included rowing, ice-skating, bowling, wilderness challenge, adventure playground, picnics or trampolining.
The Playscheme is run by enthusiastic, experienced staff who aim to provide fun and challenging activities in a safe and secure environment. They also encourage all children to participate in all activities to ensure they are making the most of their time at the centre.
Children attending Elizabeth House can learn new skills, develop confidence and make new friends.