The St Joseph’s Breakfast and After School Club is run exclusively for pupils of St. Joseph’s Academy. We are based in the De Trafford room of Our Lady of Victories’ Catholic Church, on Fairfield Road, adjacent to the school.
We are open Monday to Friday during term time as follows:
- 7.30am – school start time – Breakfast club
- 3.15pm to 6.00pm – After school club
Children can be booked in on a regular basis each week or at the start of a school year or term, however we are exceptionally popular so booking in advance is highly advised. We work on a first come first served basis with our waiting lists.
We welcome all children, please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss any specific needs with us.
The club is run by a committee and is made up of parents whose children attend the club or have attended the club in the past, the Club manager, members of staff and the school head. Our Club Chair is Mrs Tracey Green.
Our team of three full time staff members ensures that children develop positive relationships and have stability during their time at the club. EYFS children have a named key worker to support them through their first academic year.
The club manager is Jess Kelly, who has achieved a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Education; Integrated with Working with Children and Families and has worked in the Club since 2016.
The deputies are Jane James who has over 10 years’ experience in working in Early Years leadership and management, is level 3 qualified in Early Years and Alison Kolić, who is a qualified teaching assistant and has many years of experience in working in local schools. Alison is also the Club’s Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer, whilst Jane supports the team as the EYFS Co-ordinator.
We occasionally have previous pupils support us with volunteering roles through the Duke of Edinburgh award during their time at high school.
The Club works closely with the school, to ensure communication is effective and children are kept safe. Our team is small, yet very experienced, and are trained in Paediatric First Aid, and safeguarding awareness. All staff are DBS checked.
We provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, whilst ensuring the usual standards of behaviour are consistent with school policy and are adhered to. It is a thriving environment in which the children have opportunities to build new friendships with other children of different age groups within the school.
Our aim is to help children achieve their potential through play and social interaction whilst being cared for by members of staff in a holistic and respectful manner. We encourage independence during play, eating and personal hygiene, whilst recognising when children may need support.