I’ve taken some of the work out of searching for childcare this summer by creating a list of camps open in South West London. Check it out!
I’m a children photographer living in Twickenham and with a small child of my own, I’m keen to find out what childcare is available over summer 2020. The department of Education released a statement on 1st July 2020 with guidance for parents and carers for after school clubs and activities takin place this summer during the pandemic lockdown. The scientific evidence supports the fact that children have significantly little susceptibility to COVID-19 compared to children. Childcare settings are therefore slowly beginning to open here in South West London with protective measures still being in place to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus. As you can guess, I’ve also started doing photo shoots outdoors too.
As a mum and a family photographer in Twickenham, I speak to a load of parents and I know that many are keen to find childcare in the summer. Although many summer camps are unable to open over the summer, I’ve put together a list of some of the ones in South West London that are available for booking. It comes to no surprise that they are all outdoor based activities!
I’m going to update this list as frequently as possible since the government guidance only came out recently.
1. Jeremy Hooton Tennis (Twickenham)
I first heard about Jeremy through a class WhatsApp group. He’s very popular in Twickenham and has summer camps for different ages. They typically are 30 minutes to 2 hours a day for a week and he charges between £50-£115 for a week’s club.
2. Koosa Kids (various locations)
Koosa Kids are planning on opening up their holiday clubs this summer. They run summer clubs throughout South West London, including: Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, Richmond and are typically in local schools.
3. Brilliant Play Solutions – Forest School Camps in Hampton Wick and Mini Explorer Club in Twickenham
These camps have been really popular with local parents! It may be because it’s run by a local team and they take place in some gorgeous outdoors locations. I’ve spoken with the organisers and they are going to be opening them up for summer bookings.
Mini explorers club: https://brilliantplay.co.uk/mini-explorers-club-marble-hill-park-3-5-years/
4. Fit for Sport (Barnes and Ham)
This is a national organisation that runs sports camps throughout the UK. On their website they state they have over 100 venues!
5. Camp England (locations throughout SW London)
This sports camp has a variety of locations in the area, including Richmond, East Molesley, Kingston to name a few. What I like about them is that they use sports as a way to teach life skills. Great idea!
6. Colourful Creations (Hampton Wick Cricket Club)
They used to run Colourful Creations arts and crafts studio on Twickenham High Street but they are not opening their summer club in Hampton Wick.
7. We make footballers (locations throughout SW London)
This is a large organisation running camps throughout SW London and they provide a full day of football fun for ages 5-12 (regardless of ability). They have quite a variety of actives too e.g. games, challenges, matches, daily themes, medals, trophies etc. They really want to make their camps a lot of fun.
8. Teddington Cricket Club (Teddington)
I’ve been in touch with the CC and they’ve let me know that they are running 7 weeks of summer camps starting the 13th July.
9. Thames Young Mariners (Ham near Richmond)
They have a range of activities available this summer for a variety of ages. This includes paddle boarding, kayaking, bushcraft skills etc. They also take childcare vouchers. UPDATE: I’ve heard that most of their dates are sold out so it may be better to think about them next year 🙁
10. Rugby Universe (Marble Hill Park, Twickenham)
They focus on everyone having fun and developing skills through a variety of games and challenges. This isn’t strictly rugby either, as they cover a range of sport games, like rounders, dodgeball, touch/tag rugby, ring tennis and some cricket and football as extras. Sounds like fun to me!
11. Collis Activity camp (Teddington/Twickenham)
These are popular camps normally using the facilities of Collis School in Teddington. However, because of refurbishments, they have been moved to St James School in Twickenham.
12. QUID DITCH for muggles (Motspur Park)
If your children are into Harry Potter, then this is the camp for you! At this camp, children spend the day doing loads of Harry Potter activities, like making Potions, Charms & Defence Against the Dark Arts.
Website: https://www.quidditchformuggles.com/about-us Email:
13. The Little Gym (Hampton Hill)
The Little Gym have opened up their gym for summer camps. The last time I checked they still had spaces available. The staff at the Hampton Little Gym are fantastic and I know the children will love being there. It’s one of the few places doing indoor gym-based camps.
Know of other camps I should include? Please put them in the comments below and I’ll check them out and include them in the list!