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Play Activities

When children are given choice and control over their play, they experience happiness, joy and excitement. True play also promotes a child’s development, learning and independence. Skilled Playworkers at The Play Station therefore, put a child’s needs at the centre of their work and offer a vast array of quality play experiences for children with differing needs and interests.

The following are just some of the varied play activities your child can enjoy at the The Play Station:

• Sports • Music
• Art and Crafts • Dance
• Loose Parts* • Drama
• Cooking • Dressing up
• Board Games • Home Corner Activities
• Construction Toys • Trips
• Parachute Play • Outings
• Sand Play • Special Events and much much  more!
• Water Play  

'Loose Parts’ is a type of play that captures the imagination of the children who attend the club and is presently proving to be the most popular play activity available.

Holiday Events

During the school holidays The Play Station organises special activities, events and outings for the children in attendance at the club.

In addition to our varied range of play opportunities The Play Station will be offering the following activities during these holidays:


Monday 22nd July - Trendy Textiles

Tuesday 23rd July - Parachute Play

Wednesday 24th July - Nell Bank Trip*

Thursday 25th July - The Play Station's Got Talent

Friday 26th July - Smoothie Making

Monday 29th July - Building Bonanza

Tuesday 30th July - Mini Master Chef

Wednesday 31st July - Playing with the Elements

Thursday 1st August - Relays, Races and Rounders

Friday 2nd August - Under the Sea

Monday 5th August - Bowling and Lunch*

Tuesday 6th August - Identity Play and Face Painting

Wednesday 7th August - National Play Day

Thursday 8th August - Summer Sports Day

Friday 9th August - Closed

Monday 12th August - Funky Junk Modelling

Tuesday 13th August - Volcanic Explosions

Wednesday 14th August - Animal Safari

Thursday 15th August - Team Sports and Games

Friday 16th August - Library Trip and Tarn Walk**

Monday 19th August - Make your own Pizza

Tuesday 20th August - Multicultural Arts and Crafts

Wednesday 21st August - Summer Party and Face Painting

Thursday 22nd August - Picnic in the Park**

Friday 23rd August - Wet and Wild Play

Monday 26th August - Closed

Tuesday 27th August - Middleton Woods and River Walk**

Wednesday 28th August - Messy Play

Thursday 29th August - Den Building

Friday 30th August - Musical Mayhem

Monday 2nd September - Fantastic Fairy Tales



We had a very exciting Spring Bank holidays. The children did some explosive experiments using mentos and coke, and bi-carb and vinegar. We also had a lovely trip to the woods where we found lots of mini-beasts and made animal houses. As always, we had some amazing craft creations during the holidays too.


In June 2018 we had an inspection from the Food Standards Agency who check how well we are doing in meeting the law in food hygiene.

We are proud to have received a Level 5 Food Hygeine Rating, which is the highest rating!!

We are extremely happy with this result and give credit to the hard work of our staff.


We are delighted to say we were awarded 'Good' during our recent Ofsted inspection.

The inspector made very positive observations concerning the staff team. She recognised they are 'well qualified and experienced staff... passionate about their roles... caring and friendly... committed to providing children with a wide range of interesting and stimulating activities from which to choose.' She also stated that managers and staff have 'high expectations and successfully promote a culture of self reflective practice and teamwork that benefits the families who attend.'

The inspector observed the careful planning carried out by the staff team and the procedures in place to ensure children 'receive individualised care' and support to 'learn skills for the future'. She witnessed the children arrive at the club with 'excitement and enthusiasm' and commented on their confidence and 'sense of belonging at the club.'

We are thrilled to announce that we have received a Gold Award Certificate in the 'First Claim' Quality Assurance Framework/Kitemark. This is an assessment of provider practice; comprising of an understanding of the playwork principles and range of play types, followed by modelling best practice and staff observations within the setting.

This is fantastic news not only for us but for you and your children too!

The Play Station is a fully inclusive play scheme. We welcome children from a variety of schools, from all nationalities, backgrounds and abilities. To that end we have currently been working towards Bradford's 'Inclusive Quality Standard' in an aim to ensure an ongoing high standard of care for all children attending The Play Station. This is now complete and we are extremely pleased with our Gold Standard award.

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