YMCA Holiday Services

Although there have been a few unavoidable changes to YMCA’s holiday camps and clubs this year, we are delighted to still offer some brilliant, fun-packed activity clubs in the holidays! Each club will be bursting with amazing activities for children to enjoy, and have been adjusted to be safe and secure during these uncertain times.


Please read this page in full. It includes lots of important information you need to know before your child’s first day.

Our camps and clubs

Wollaton Holiday Club

Sports, STEAM and crafts, with day trips to Wollaton Deer Park

  • Hosted at Middleton Primary and Nursery School, Wollaton
  • £130 per week, per child (no day bookings available)
  • Open to children of all schools
  • For ages 4 to 12

Melbourne Park Day Camp

Enjoy sports, art, games, gaga ball, and more!

  • Hosted at the YMCA Youth and Community Centre, Aspley
  • £130 per week, per child (no day bookings available)
  • Open to children of all schools
  • For ages 4 to 13
  • Access to Melbourne Park for outdoor fun

What to Expect at Wollaton Holiday Club

Children will be able to get involved with all sorts of sports, games and creative activities during their time with us!

Park Visits
Both locations offer fantastic access to beautiful open spaces. Weather permitting, children at Wollaton Holiday Club will enjoy time at Wollaton Deer Park, and children at Melbourne Park Day Camp benefit from the park being right on their doorstep.

Arts and Crafts
We get children involved with a variety of artistic methods; painting, collage, clay modelling, decoration making and sketching. There’s no crafts project too big for our Play Leaders!

STEAM is a hands-on approach to learning that using Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. We engage children in fun activities to demonstrate how these subjects work in the real world, and use them to encourage creativity, imagination building, critical thinking, and teamwork.

Outdoor and Indoor Sports
We’ll be playing football, cricket, rounders and loads more outdoor sports and games! We also try our hand at orienteering and outdoor team building challenges.

What to Expect at Melbourne Park Day Camp

Arts and crafts: We will be getting children into arts and crafts with a variety of artistic methods; painting, collage, clay modelling, decoration making and sketching. There’s no crafts project too big for our Camp Leaders!

Gaga Ball: Gaga ball is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball. Fun and easy, everyone gets a serious workout! 

Soak a Coach: At YMCA Day Camps, we don’t always take ourselves too seriously, and that’s why we allow campers to pour buckets of water over us for their amusement. 

Juice Jam: Fuelled by delicious fruit juice, this is a session of free outdoor play where campers can let loose for a while before an afternoon of team sports. Campers can get involved with all kinds of legendary YMCA camp activities like rallies, Soak a Coach, and the Mystery Prize Box! 

Capture the Flag: At Melbourne Park Day Camp, we will be playing Capture the Flag and other outdoor games, allowing campers to get some much needed outdoor exercise whilst having tonnes of fun and learning about teamwork! 



Important Information for Parents

Please make sure you have read all the information below carefully before your child’s first day with us.




Arriving at YMCA Day Camps and Wollaton Holiday Club

time: 8am – 9am

There will be staff on site at both locations from 8am. Play Leaders will welcome the children, introduce them to the group and show them around the site.

We will show children where they can keep their belongings and also explain how we’ll be using the space throughout the day. Please encourage your children to ask lots of questions if they have them!

Parents are asked to follow our safety signage around site, which marks spaces such as waiting areas, to help us maintain social distancing.

Important Note: There is currently no YMCA bus service


Home time

Flexible pick-up: 4pm – 6pm

We won’t let any child leave without a designated adult. If someone else is picking up your child from site, please make sure:

  1. You have filled out a designated person for pick up form. This was on your booking form, but please ring 0115 711 7006 if you are unsure if you have completed it
  2. You let the Play Leader know on the day
  3. The designated adult has your collection password
  4. Your child knows who is going to be picking them up

If you would like you older children to make their way to and from the club by themselves, we’ll need your written permission before your week begins. You can send this to childcare@nottsymca.org and we’ll let you know that we have received it.

Late pick-ups
If you are going to be late please let us know on 07398 388 073 for Wollaton Holiday Club or 07786 919 305 for Melbourne Park Day Camp. We reserve the right to charge £5 followed by £5 for every 5 minutes that you are late. If you need to collect your child early, please let us know on arrival.

What to bring

To be prepare for the day, please pack the following items:

  • Packed lunch (including two healthy snacks)
  • Clothes that can get a bit messy
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproofs
  • Sun cream and hat

Lunch, afternoon snacks and allergies
Please let us know if your child has any allergies.
Your child will need a water bottle, a packed lunch and at least two healthy snacks to keep them fuelled for the whole day. Food must be non-perishable as no refrigeration is available. Please add an icepack to your child’s lunchbox, especially in summer.

Labelling belongings
Please mark all personal items, including clothes and packed lunches, with your child’s name. Nottinghamshire YMCA is not responsible for lost, misplaced or stolen items but we’ll do our best to make sure your child leaves with everything they arrived with.

Sun cream
If the sun comes out we’ll help your child apply suncream. This will be done by a member of staff. Please let the Play Leader know if you would rather we didn’t apply suncream to your child.

What not to bring
To keep distractions to a minimum and avoid disagreements with other children we ask that electronics, toys such as yo-yos and fidget spinners, money, jewellery and pets are all left at home. Children will not need these during the day as there is so much to do!


COVID-19 Guidelines

Last updated: 10 November 2020

Our team have put into place a number of positive hygiene measures to keep children safe this summer. We will be continually reviewing them throughout the holidays, in line with government guidelines and updates.

Our COVID-19 Operating & Infection Control Procedures outlined in the Parent Handbook explains the actions and expectations of YMCA staff, parents and children. Please make sure you familiarise yourself with the Parent Handbook before your child’s first day with us.

If there are any updates to measures during the holidays, you will receive a notification email or call.

Illness, accidents and emergencies

Please do not bring your child to the holiday club if they are not feeling well, or if anyone in your household is displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

You can call us on 07786 919 305 for Wollaton Holiday Club or 07786 919 305 for Melbourne Park Day Camp to let us know of any non-attendence.

If you or anyone in your household begins displaying symptoms of COVID-19 during or within 14 days of attending the club, please notify us immediately.

In the event of an accident or sudden illness during a session, the club staff are equipped with the training and supplies to administer first aid. If the situation warrants further attention, emergency services will be contacted. You will be notified, by phone, if any injury or illness requires medical attention or if your child needs to be picked up. If we can’t contact you, the emergency contact person that you have indicated will be notified.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for details on how we support children that require prescribed medication.




Code of Conduct

Our easy rules to help keep everyone happy and safe!




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For children

  • I will respect the other children and staff. This means no bad language or bullying
  • I will leave phones, electronics, yo-yos, fidget spinners and other games at home or out of sight
  • I will travel around the site with a buddy
  • I will talk to staff if I have a problem or am upset

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For parents

  • I will always sign my child in and out with a staff member
  • I will share relevant information about my child with the Senior Play Leader
  • I will collect my child on time
  • I will not bring my mobile phone onto the site
  • I will refrain from smoking on site




Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is Wollaton Holiday Club?

    Wollaton Holiday Club is hosted at:

    Middleton Primary and Nursery School
    Harrow Road
    NG8 1FG

  • Where is Melbourne Park Day Camp?

    Melbourne Park Day Camp is hosted at:

    YMCA Youth and Community Centre
    Melbourne Road
    NG8 5HL

  • My child needs medication – how do you manage this?

    We need your permission before we can administer your child with any medication. This must have been prescribed by their doctor, dentist or nurse. You will need to complete a medication administration form on the first day your child attends the club, please request a form from a member of staff during sign-in time.

    We can only administer medication if it is in its original container with the following information:

    • Child’s name
    • Date of prescription
    • Prescription’s expiry date
    • Name of pharmacist
    • Correct dosage instruction

    Please give any medication to the Senior Play Leader
    . When the medication is administered the Senior Play Leader and a fellow member of staff, acting as a witness, will sign the medication administration form, and your child will sign the form too.

  • How will COVID-19 impact activities?

    We’ve made some adjustments to keep children as safe as possible. But don’t worry – there is still tons of fun to be had! The changes include:

    • No YMCA bus until further notice
    • Flexible pick-up and drop-off times
    • Bookings will be made through our online system which allows for contactless sign-in and sign-out
    • Group size will be limited and assigned their own base room and Play Leader
    • The YMCA bus will not be available for pick up/drop off
    • Swimming will not be available
    • Some close-contact activities may be limited, adjusted or cancelled
    • We will not be able to offer Skill Clinics
    • For table-based activities, children will have their own caddy of art and craft materials
    • Positive hygiene measures will be present throughout, e.g. hand-washing, appropriate physical distancing and regular cleaning throughout the day
  • I’d like to give feedback or make a complaint

    Ofsted Number: EY468606

    We would love to hear your feedback!
    Our team are always happy to listen to your concerns or thoughts at arrival and collection time. If you require a longer chat just let a member of staff on site know to arrange a time or email martyn.gibbons@nottsymca.org.

    There are feedback forms available on the front desk to give your written feedback throughout the week.

    If you would like to leave us positive feedback, you can visit facebook.com/YMCAchildcareNotts and leave us a 5 star rating!

    Alternatively, you can write a letter and return it another day or pop it in the post to head offce: YMCA Children’s Services, Third Floor, Nottingham, Voluntary Action Centre, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB

    Ofsted complaints policy
    If you have concerns about the quality of the care your child is receiving, it is usually best if you discuss it with us. Contact martyn.gibbons@nottsymca.org.

    If you are a parent/ carer and cannot resolve your concern through discussion, you can send your formal written complaint to childcare@nottsymca.org or by post to the address above.

    If you are a parent/carer that has made a formal written complaint to the childcare provider, which relates to the requirements of the Ofsted Registration, we must carry out an investigation into your complaint. We must tell you about the outcome of the investigation, and any actions we have taken, or plan to take, as an outcome of your complaint. We must do this within 28 days of receiving your complaint. You can ask to have the outcome of their investigation in writing. We must keep a record of written complaints. If you are not satised with our response, or your concern relates to a matter you cannot discuss with us, you can contact Ofsted. You can contact Ofsted at anytime about any concerns about a childcare provider on 0300 123 4666 or visit ofsted.gov.uk.

  • Lost property

    We’ll display all lost property items at the end of the day on the lost property table, please check the table each day if your child has lost an item. We’ll donate lost items that aren’t claimed to charity.

  • Will there be a YMCA bus?

    Unfortunately, for social distancing purposes, we are unable to offer a YMCA bus this summer.

  • How do I contact YMCA Day Camps?

    For enquiries before/after your child has attended a YMCA Day Camp, please phone our main number on 0115 711 7006 or email ymcadaycamps@nottsymca.org. These are monitored Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

    For urgent enquiries on the day, for example to tell our staff you will be late, please call the team on site.

    Melbourne Park Day Camp: 07786 919 305
    Wollaton Holiday Club: 07398 388 073