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Caring for your child at the ZAC

Regd Ofsted #EY558644

The Zeals Youth Trust has run a youth club in Zeals since 1992. In the summer of 2014 the need for an after school club for local schools for children aged 5-11 years was identified.

In starting up the ZAC, the Trustees were able to draw on considerable practical experience as all 3 Trustees are parents of boys and girls.

Ross Coad is the lead Trustee for the ZAC. He (and his late wife) has 1 daughter and 3 sons and now enjoys 14 grandchildren aged 17 - 1. Since remarrying, Ross has acquired a further 6 grandchildren aged 14 - 2.

Team Leader is Sarah Upshall, who has 2 teenage sons. She has, for many years, been a Scout leader. Taking up a lead role with the ZAC has encouraged her to study for the 'gold standard' National Vocational Qualification Level 3 course in Child Care. She has now completed this course.

Her assistant, Vicky Morse, has 2 young sons and as such is a parent at Whitesheet Academy in Zeals. Vicky has also completed the NVQ3 course.

Our 5 play workers are all local village individuals with children (and in one case grandchildren) of their own. They each work one day per week which allows them to enjoy the opportunities to give the children their undivided attention - be it with listening to their reading; playing basket ball; helping with Lego creations; arranging painting or play dough sessions; or just playing outside in the large playground. We are conscious of the Government's wish that children may enjoy 'risky play' (and are not too mollycoddled) but also aware of the need to strike a balance between risk and danger.

The latest addition is a new mini bus which collects children from Mere and Bourton schools. [This has been most generously sponsored by the South West Wilts Area Board of Wiltshire County Council.] Our drivers have all undertaken the Government's MIDAS minibus driver course, and are all parents of boys & girls. The mini bus run includes an 'outrider' play worker who sits in the back with the children to make sure seat belts are not removed and order prevails.

We are confident that we are ZAC offer as good and as caring an experience for your children as anywhere in the country.

Do please come in and meet us/see for yourself any school afternoon between 3.30 - 5 o'clock

Zeals Youth Trust
Regd Charity #1064296
Trustees: David Corbin; Lucy O'Donnell; Ross Coad; Kate Bullen.