In September 2006 two mums of children at Olveston Primary School, Cath and Helen decided to set up an after school club at the school. Cath Purchase was having difficulty finding local childcare for her two young children in order to keep teaching part-time, and there seemed to be a growing need for after school care in the locality. They worked with the school, Ofsted and parents to provide a high-quality club where children could feel relaxed and have fun!
Since its opening in January 2007, Olveston Out of School Club has been committed to providing high quality care and education for the children. The club works closely with the school to provide a fun and relaxing environment where children have a range of play opportunities.In June 2008 the club moved from the Old School Hall to the Wike Hall and was extended to include a breakfast club.
Since January 2009 Alex Hill, who has been at the club since its opening, took over Helen's responsibilities as day care manager. Cath Purchase continues to manage the club, ably supported by a well-qualified and experienced staff team.
In September 2009 Cath and Alex were asked by the governors of St Helen's Primary School,Alveston, if they wished to set up a new after school club at the school. In April 2010 the club opened from the school hall, and October 2010 the club moved to its own club room in the school grounds. Both clubs achieved successful Ofsted inspections in summer 2010, achieving 'Good' overall, with some 'Outstanding' at St Helen's. See our news items/links for further information.
In October 2010 the Parents' Forum of St Mary's Primary School, Thornbury contacted Cath and Alex for advice about setting up an Out of School Club. Another successful liaison began, and a third club opened at the school in June 2011.
In May 2012 St Mary's was inspected by Ofsted and was awarded a grade of Good with some Outstanding features. A well-deserved report which greatly praised the club.