Frequently Asked Questions
Can my child go to Meads if they don't go to Mill Mead School?
Yes, but only outside of term-time. Our term-time Breakfast Club and After School Club sessions are very popular among users of Mill Mead School. Our Holiday Club is open to everyone, aged 3-11 years, including those who do not usually attend Mill Mead School.
Do I need to complete any forms or paperwork?
Parents / Carers will be required to complete Meads Data Collection Forms for children attending The Meads for any Breakfast Club, After School Club, or Holiday Club sessions. Children attending The Meadows will also have to complete Data Collection Forms, however, these will be more in depth due to the aged of the child.
How can you accommodate my child's dietary requirement(s)?
We ensure that all staff members and volunteers are aware of individual children's dietary requirements. We can also store food separately to avoid contamination of ingredients and we have several experienced staff members trained in Food Hygiene, First Aid and the usage of EpiPens.
What if my 3/4 year old funding allowance doesn't cover my whole booking?
If, for example, you have made a booking for 8 sessions in The Meadows totalling 20 hours, but are only able to access funding for 15 hours, we will invoice you at the private rate for the additional hours that are not covered by your funding. More information can be found on our Funding Page.
How can I make payments?
You can pay using cheque, bank transfer, or childcare vouchers at The Meads & Meadows Office, inside Mill Mead School. Unfortunately we cannot accept cash, credit, or debit cards. For more information on costs and using childcare vouchers, please see our Bookings and Fees page.
What lunch should I pack for my child in the holidays?
We support Hertfordshire Catering's Good School Food menus, which comply with the Government's Nutrient and Food Based Standards. The setting values your support in asking that you provide your child with a napkin, drink and a teaspoon if necessary for yogurts or fruit tubs.
For ideas on healthy and balanced lunches see the Schools Food Trust website page on packed lunches. Please do not provide your child with:
- fizzy drinks
- squeezy yogurts
- fruit winders
- chocolate bars
How can I apply to be a Volunteer Playleader?
We occasionally hire volunteers to supplement our own staffing and to give those interested in a career in childcare the chance to see our different programmes in action. Many of our Volunteer Playleaders go on to become fully trained Playleaders. To apply, contact the office by phone or email using the details below.
Have another question? Please contact us via the form below, or via the contact details at the bottom of the page.