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I’ve been carefully following the Government’s advice and updates from the Out of School Alliance, which I’m a member of. There is still no clarity on whether in-person holiday clubs can run or how they would be expected to run. I’m sure you appreciate that as we get closer to the Summer, this makes planning almost impossible. Our sector as a whole is very disappointed by the Government’s response to requests for a clear directive, with the result that many clubs have been forced to abandon their summer camps. Canary Wharf College Trust have just informed me that we will not be able to hire its premises over the Summer because, even if the Government does issue guidance at this late stage, they cannot guarantee they’ll be able to put the necessary measures in place.
Given this latest news, we will not be able to run Camp Canary on site this summer holiday. If you had previously made a booking for the summer, I will write to you separately. We will continue to keep in contact with Canary Wharf College and the good news is, Camp Canary should be able to hire the premises again for October Half Term. Any credit you have in your Magic Booking accounts can be carried forward to the camps we run in the next academic year and can also be used for our Online Camps.
While we cannot run a Camp onsite, we will be running a full and varied Online Summer Camp. As many of you know, we’ve already been running regular online sessions and based on our experiences and your feedback we’re designing a fun and engaging multi-activity programme to best suit you and your children’s needs.
We’re really excited about launching Online Camp Canary and will be releasing full details later this week! Booking is already open via the Magic Booking portal if you wish to reserve your space now. Remember, there is only one fee per household and no need to pay for an additional sibling!
We’re running an online provision in line with our values of multi-activity and creative learning. We think it’s important that the children aren’t in front of a screen all day so will base most of the sessions in the morning with breaks and one session later in the day. To give you added flexibility, we’re also introducing a special Camp Canary Summer Club (exciting!) which will give your children extra activities they can do through the day independently.
It is my aim to keep Camp Canary afloat and be there to run on site camps once this crisis has passed. As always, we will continue to offer our emergency cuppa service and will keep in touch with you. Thank you for your continued support and loyalty to Camp Canary. There will be better days to come when we can run our on-site service again.
Please remember that if you do have any questions, just get in touch - I’ll still be here.
Managing Director of Camp Canary Limited