Hello I’m Laura, Owner and Managing Director of Active Stars Holiday Club! Thank you for taking the time to read our first Blog of the year! First Blog in fact!!
Well it’s here, Active Stars Holiday Club, after months of hard work, endless reading and research we are privileged to finally be able to unveil our new half term and summer holiday creation. I would like to take this opportunity to take you back to how this new venture all came about.
All parents know too well that having a child is expensive. In fact, it’s claimed the basic cost of raising a child until the age of 18, including childcare costs, is approximately £155,000!! I will admit until I came to look for childcare, I never would have even considered a figure like this or given it a second thought. When our eldest daughter went to full time nursery, I began to consider cost factors as well as different things I was looking for. Coming from an Early Years and Childcare background I was actually a lot pickier than I anticipated I would be. After careful consideration of several factors including location and cost, the most important aspects to me were the general feel of the setting and the team there. Perfect, found the nursery we’re excited to go there each morning and she came home with lovely tales of her day. I thought that this part of the parenting childcare stress would be over, but as we all know there is no book or instruction manual, nothing prepares for that school application does it! That wait! When you have submitted your application those weeks, days, hours, minutes counting down to get that confirmation of where your little human will ultimately get to spend almost the next 7 years of their life!! Once September comes around you do the obligatory stand by the door in your uniform that’s a tad too big but my goodness don’t they look amazing in it photo and that’s it! Or so we thought! While we try to manage the early starts, the melt downs over the sock that feels funny on their toes or rush of trying to get breakfast done, school bags and somewhat dressed children out the door and through the school gates in time, there is also that sudden realisation that the countdown to half term has already begun! While the teachers may be celebrating, as full time working parents comes a whole new dish of ‘what am I going to do, I need to work!’
Now there are many different options, cleverly saving holiday time to take during the school holidays, clubbing together with fellow school parents to arrange play dates, scheduling in a cheeky visit from family members or looking for different types of half term and summer holiday clubs. What’s important is finding what works for you and your child or children. As a busy mum of two my ultimate goal is keeping my small humans safe and happy, the ability to save our hard earned pennies would just be a massive bonus. But should the ability to save money on childcare mean that the quality is compromised? Not to us, this is how Active Stars Holiday Club was created! We offer quality school holiday childcare in a safe, secure and local environment with fantastic activities all at an affordable price tag. So here we are, here’s to 2019 and Active Stars. We hope you give us a try, please do; we would love to meet you and hope that we can welcome you back for future upcoming school holidays this year!