About the Club
Established in 2000 The Play Station is an out of school play club which specialises in delivering reliable, flexible and affordable childcare for families in the in Ilkley and the Wharfedale area. It offers a superior standard of complete wrap-around care for all children aged 4-11yrs both during school term and school holidays.
As the club is totally committed to providing an inclusive service that achieves the highest level of quality attainable, it has recently invested much time and effort working alongside the Bradford Early Years and Childcare Service to achieve the highly esteemed Quality Assurance Award – First Claim. In addition, The Play Station is registered with OFSTED having received an excellent inspection report. The club also complies with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Inclusion Quality Standards (IQS)
Above all, it is the aim of the club to provide a service ‘Where Play Comes First’. The Play Station provides a safe environment that enables children of all abilities to enjoy a stimulating, fun and happy play experience; allowing parents/carers the freedom to leave their child, secure in the knowledge that they will be playing in a safe, friendly and relaxed environment.
The Play Station benefits from highly experienced, fully qualified, and enthusiastic staff members. They believe that play is an integral part of a child’s development and work hard to continually update their childcare skills through regular training. All Play Workers undergo an enhanced CRB check. The team consists of:
Managing Directors - Tina Hodgson / Emily Hannaford
Deputy Manager - Charlotte Reganaz
Deputy Play Leaders - Joy Hodgson, Amy Fairbrother
Play Assistants – Liuba Hodgson, Maggie Cawthorne, Alex Smith, Jonathan Bunch
Administration Assistant - Rebekah Wormald, Chloe Lyons
Additional Holiday Play Workers - Amy McGrail, Tori McPhail, Callum Regan, Patricia Darlow, Peggy Witty, Kelly Lafbery
During the school holidays additional Play Workers are recruited to work alongside the regular staff team. They are carefully selected and equally committed to the safety and happiness of the children who attend The Play Station.
At The Play Station we believe that a child has the right to play. For that reason The Play Station is a club ‘Where Play Comes First’. Play is freely chosen by the children for the children.
“The right to play is a child’s first claim on the community. Play is nature’s training for life” – David Lloyd George
The Play Station recognises and respects the uniqueness of each child. The club’s primary mission is to allow children the opportunity to relax and play, free from adult direction or expectation. By providing an extensive range of play experiences, children learn to follow their curiosity; explore the world through their imagination; to think creatively and to play both independently and cooperatively with others. At The Play Station we celebrate diversity and strive to instil integrity, compassion and confidence in each child. Through play we give each individual the support and encouragement required to become his or her own unique self.
“Play is the fundamental way that children enjoy their childhood. It is essential to their quality of life as children” – Play England
All our policies and procedures are available for you to read in full. Please contact us either via phone or email to request a copy of one or more of our policies.