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Kids Clubs





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The Kids Clubs are aimed at children in the 3 to 5 & 8 to 15 year old age groups and are broken down into 2 different age categories.


The Turtles Club accommodates children in the 3 to 5 year old age group and is supervised by carefully chosen personnel who have a keen interest in working with children and are certified under the Prevention of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.
One session lasts for 3 hours and spaces must be booked in advance.

Easter Holidays • Summer Holidays • October Week
Monday - Friday 09:30 - 12:30 & 13:00 - 16:00 
View Turtles Price List


The Shipmates Club accommodates children in the 8 to 15 year old age group and is supervised by suitable personnel who posses the appropriate qualifications and personal qualities required.
One session lasts for 6 hours and spaces are preferably booked in advance.
The Shipmates Club is not a registered Daycare Club and is outwith the Care Inspectorate Standards.

Easter Holidays • Summer Holidays • October Week
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00
View Shipmates Price List


Aim & Objectives

To Provide
· A rich and stimulating environment in which children can play.
· Appropriate activities to stimulate the imaginations of all children in the appropriate year age group
· First aid to children as and when necessary.
· A clean, secure and friendly environment for all children attending.

To Ensure
· Children learn and develop through play.
· Each child develops at his/her own pace.
· All members of staff follow the Galleon Centres Code of Conduct relative to dealing with children and in line with the Care Inspectorate regulations, National Care Standards and Child Protection Legislation.

· Ensure the safety and well being of all children left in our care.
· Change and clean young children as and when required.
· Clean and maintain all equipment, games and notice boards to acceptable standards.
· Be responsible for children with Special Needs.


The Frequently Asked Questions explain all details relating to each Club.

What age do my children have to be to attend the Kids Clubs?

The Turtles Club is for the 3 to 5 year old age group. The Shipmates Club is for the 8 to 15 year old age group.

When are the Clubs on?

The Turtles Club operates from 9.30am until 12.30pm and from 1.00pm until 4.00pm, Monday to Friday during School Holiday i.e. Easter, Summer and October Week. The Shipmates Club operates from 10.00am - 4.00pm, Monday to Friday during School Holiday i.e. Easter, Summer and October Week.

Can my child attend both Turtle sessions during the holidays?

No.  Under Care Inspectorate guidelines only one session per day is permitted. Do I just turn up and make payment or do you operate a booking system?} Due to the high demand we recommend that bookings are made in advance. Payment must be made at the time of booking and no refunds are available unless cancelled spaces are resold.

How far in advance can I make a booking?

Members may book 7 days in advance and non members may book 6 days in advance.

Does my child have to pay an admission charge?

No.  Admission charges are included in the charges for each specific Club.

What type of activities do the children participate in?

Games, Arts ‘N’ Crafts, Music, Ice Skating and Swimming (Not Turtles).  The Leaders will always ensure the children are fully occupied and happy throughout the duration of their stay.

Do the Clubs go on any trips or outings away from the Centre?

There are occasional trips organised including visits to the Police Station and the Fire Station.  Please tick the appropriate box on the registration form to let us know if you wish, or do not wish, your child to participate in outings.

How well supervised are the children?

Very well supervised.  We work on a ratio of 1 leader to 8 children as stipulated in Annexe 'A' of the National Care Standards.  The Shipmates Club operate on a  ratio of 1 leader to 20 children.

What qualifications do the leaders have?

Many of the Leaders are from the teaching profession, or are qualified in Child Care and Education, some to HNC level.  Others may be working towards this or other/similar qualifications.  We will always aim to have one qualified leader with the Turtles at all times but there will always be a number of qualified Leaders in the Centre while the Clubs are operating.  Staff will always demonstrate the necessary qualities required to be working with children and, in addition, all leaders will be subject to the appropriate authority checks (ie. PVG) through Disclosure Scotland to ensure they are fit to work with children.  All staff must also register with the Scottish Social Services Council.

Should my child bring anything with them to the club e.g. packed lunch, money?

During the holiday periods there will be 30/40 minutes set aside for snacks as the club is on for 6 hours. We recommend juice and a sandwich/biscuit.  No money is required.

Can I take my child out of the club early?

Yes.  As long as you inform the leader responsible at the time and sign your child out.

What if I am not available to pick my child up after the club.  Can I send someone else?

Only if you inform the leader when you are signing your child in that someone else (you must name the person and ideally it should be someone on the list of emergency contacts) will be picking your child up and signing them out or telephone Reception to inform the Youth Co-Ordinator and they will inform the appropriate club.

What if my child requires assistance going to the toilet or has a slight mishap and requires to be cleaned up?

Under Care Inspectorate guidelines, two leaders will assist in cleaning up your child should an unfortunate incident such as this occur. We would recommend you provide a change of underwear or any other clothing which may be required.

Will I be informed of my child’s behaviour during their attendance at the club?

The leaders keep an Incident log of any unusual circumstances which arise. You will be informed of any behavioural issues or any incidents when you collect your child.

My child has additional support needs/learning difficulties.  Will your staff be able to deal with him/her and ensure they enjoy their stay?

We have a number of children with additional support needs who enjoy the Clubs and the staff will do everything they can to ensure they settle in and are happy in the Club.

What if there are some activities that I may not want my child to participate in?

Certain activities like face painting, photographs and trips out are detailed on the registration form.  Please tick the appropriate box if you allow your child to participate in that activity or leave blank if you would prefer them not to.

Is it necessary to have emergency contact numbers on the registration form?

Yes.  Although we have contact numbers for the parent there are occasions when mobiles are switched off or in a poor network area and in an emergency situation we prefer to be able to contact someone whom your child is familiar with.

Why do I have to pay an annual registration?

The registration fee covers all administration costs required in ensuring we have all the necessary details on your child including medical issues and emergency contact numbers etc.

How long is the registration valid for?

Registrations are valid until the 31st December each year.  Not one year from the day you register.

How can I get in contact with the Care Inspectorate?

The address of the Care Inspectorate in the district is: Care Inspectorate, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 1BF. Tel: 0141 843 6840