Notice to Parents 2024 re Inset Day March 2024

Notice to Parents and Carers re Strike Day 2nd May 2023

Notice to Parents and Carers re 27th April 2023

4th January 2022

Dear Parent/Carer

This notice is to let you know that the minimum price of attending our Afterschool Club for childcare will rise on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

There will also be a rise to the half hour increments and full breakdown of the new charges are as follows:-

Afternoon Sessions 3pm - 6pm

  Old Rate New Rate
3pm - 4pm (min charge) £4.60 £5.50
First part half hour to 4.30pm £2.00 £2.50
Second part half hour to 5.00pm £1.00 £1.50
Per part half hour thereafter £1.00 £1.00


The Breakfast Club was increased in October 2021 to £4.50 and this will remain the same.

Sandmartins has managed to keep a rise in charges to a minimum with the last rise taking place in 2019 for the afterschool club. Unfortunately due to rising costs of operating the Club it has been necessary for this rise to be introduced.

The Holiday Club
charges have also increased, and are as follows:

Holiday Sessions are to 1.00pm and 1.00pm to 5.30pm

  Old Rate New Rate
Per session £14.00 £15.00
Day rate 6-10 hours £22.00 £24.00
Day rate second child £22.00 £24.00
Part sessions per part hour £2.00 £3.00
Minimum daily charge £14.00 £15.00


Val Bowbanks


Notice to Parents and Carers - Re Closing on Friday 18th December

Due to the School’s decision following Government advice to close on Friday 18th December 2020 Sandmartins has also made the decision to close as well

Therefore Sandmartins is in effect closing a day early for the Xmas and New Year Holiday. Sandmartins will reopen for Breakfast Club, and After School Club on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas.

Best wishes from Val and her Team.

October Half Term and INSET Day 2020

Due to the current situation with Covid 19 we have had to make the difficult decision that Sandmartins will not be open for the October 2020 half term, which is Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October.

Also Sandmartins will not be open for the Inset Day on Monday 2nd November 2020.

Sandmartins will reopen for Breakfast Club, and After School Club on Tuesday 3rd November 2020.

Val Bowbanks



Covid 19 Update - 13th July 2020

I thought it important that I should contact you and provide you with an update on when Sandmartins plans to reopen.

The government has issued guidance advising that schools are to fully reopen at the beginning of September, the start of the Autumn term, and this will allow Sandmartins Activity Club to reopen subject to protective measures being put in place.

Sandmartins will be reopening for the two Inset Days, the 3rd and 4th September full days for Sandford Primary School children, and then breakfast club and after school club starting the week commencing the 7th September.

It is important that I know in advance your booking requirements so that we can plan how best to accommodate the children, as Sandmartins’ will be required to follow the protective measures outlined by the government.

Bookings must be pre booked and this can be done via the website contact form or emailing Val Bowbanks Manager at

A further update will follow to explain the protective measures Sandmartins’ will be implementing to protect the children in the current situation.

I trust everyone has managed during this difficult time and I look forward to seeing you all once Sandmartins reopens.

In the meantime stay safe and well.


Val Bowbanks


COVID-19 Update - Letter to Parents 27th May 2020

I thought it would be good to touch base with you all to see how you are and what your requirements may be over the coming months. I understand that at this difficult time for various reasons, you may not be in a position to say what childcare needs you may require.

I thought it important that we should give you an update on the situation from Sandmartins point of view particularly with the planned phased reopening of schools to commence on the 1st June 2020. I have had a conversation with the school’s Headteacher Mr Beveridge on this matter.

Sandmartins will obviously be guided by current government guidelines at all times.

Due to the various stringent guidelines that are currently in place it is going to be almost impossible for Sandmartins to operate and for that reason we have made the decision not to reopen on the 1st June 2020.

The reopening of Sandmartins will first of all be dependent on the 5 key tests set by the government being achieved.

As you will appreciate social distancing, continued cleaning of equipment and materials will make it very difficult for the children to enjoy being in a play environment at Sandmartins. I would also have children attending from different age groups.

The government guidelines are also stating that the children will be placed in ‘bubbles’ in school and those bubbles would need to be maintained by Sandmartins as the school sets them. This will be difficult to achieve for us with children coming from different classes and the advice from the Department of Education strongly suggests that children will not be allowed to mix in wraparound care at this time.

If things change in the event that we are able to open due to a change in government guidelines please indicate on the enclosed questionnaire what your requirements would be.

If this is not possible for any reason please just send an email. Please return by email to Val Bowbanks address is shown below.

Following your response to the questionnaire this would give us some indication of your needs if things were to change especially over the summer period. At the current time we are not looking to open for the summer, but it would be good to have some indication of your needs if the situation changes.

If the situation does not change then we will unfortunately not be reopening until September but we will keep you posted as things evolve.

The children’s and staff’s safety will be paramount at every stage.

I hope that you will continue to support Sandmartins and that at some stage we will all be back together again and some sort of normality will return.

If you have any further questions please do contact Val Bowbanks by email at

Consultations have also taken place with the Trustees regarding the decision not to reopen on the 1st June 2020 as well as planning ahead in the current situation.

With our best wishes

Stay Safe & Well

Val Bowbanks




The results of our recent OFSTED report are in and we are an outstanding provider. 



Developing the Outside Space

As you will have heard, we have acquired a much larger area of outdoor space for the children to use in kinder weather! Trouble is, there is so much of it we need help with design ideas and development of the area so that it is ready for when the sun shines. We have some ideas, but always welcome more.

Are you arty and able to help us with drawing up some ideas?
Green-fingered to help us with planting and growing?
Practical and able to help us with digging/building and making things?
Willing to supervise a small group of children so that their parents can help in an outdoor capacity?
Great at making tea (and cakes?) for the workers? 
Have the gift of the gab to help convince businesses to donate funds or materials?

This is a BIG project and we could really use your help in making the most of the space for your children and those in the years to come.

The ever-hopeful Sandmartins Team


Garden Club

New Outside Space

As part of the move to our new site, we have now taken ownership of a significant amount of additional outdoor space! The Club Fundraising Team will be working their magic in the New Year on the plans for this extraordinary new space. 

If you have any ideas as to how this space can be transformed for the children then please get in touch!

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