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  • 23 Feb 2021 1:31 PM | Anonymous


    Providers will be aware that yesterday (Monday 22nd February) in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson set out the UK Government’s roadmap out of lockdown restrictions in England.

    His statement is supported by a more detailed document called Covid-19 Response – Spring 2021 which can be found on the Gov.Uk website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021

    The roadmap is a 4 step plan, with a definitive date of 8 March for the first step when all schoolchildren in England are due to return to school.

    The remaining steps are given provisional dates and a visual summary of the steps is below (taken from the Gov.Uk publication)



    From the above images, providers will be able to see that the provisional date given for outdoor organised sports activities and outdoor parent and child groups (limited group numbers) to be able to resume is the 29 March 2021. The provisional date for all children’s activities including indoor parent and child groups to resume is the 12th April 2021, with group numbers limited to 15 (children under 5 do not count in the numbers)

    Restrictions on other events and limitations on group and gathering numbers are to be then further lifted in Steps 3 and 4.

    The roadmap states that at Step 2 when indoor parent and child groups and activities can resume with restricted numbers, the rules on social contact and household mixing will remain in force. Providers planning for a return to face to face delivery at this stage will therefore need to ensure that they have the necessary Covid safety measures in place and ensure that households remain distanced and apart. Measures such as face masks may also be required, depending on individual circumstances. Providers will need to carry out full risk assessments in light of their situation, setting and circumstances.

    This roadmap should provide positive news for members and providers by providing a framework of dates to work towards. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the CAA has worked hard on behalf of its members to raise awareness of the huge challenges facing our sector and to lobby government for recognition of the huge importance of children’s activities for the health and mental wellbeing for children, young people and their families. We are therefore incredibly pleased to see that the government has recognised this and has specifically mentioned activities for children in the roadmap.

    We know that there will be more challenging times for our members ahead as we move towards physical reopenings and the CAA is committed to supporting you through it, with ongoing support and knowledge sharing. This week we have our weekly CAA members support chat on Wednedsay at 11am which will be a great opportunity to chat through future plans with fellow providers and share advice. Then on  Thursday we have a Q and A session about how to use awards to grow your business. Both sessions can be booked by emailing Julia - jclark@childrensactivitiesassociation.org. We also continue to accept applications for our Accountability Buddy scheme open to CAA members.

    Over the past year we’ve faced so much together as an industry, but it certainly feels like the brighter times are now on the horizon. If you’d like more information about becoming a CAA member and the help and support we can offer as well as all of the member benefits then please contact info@childrensactivitiesassociation.org.

    Together we are stronger


  • 01 Dec 2020 9:36 AM | Anonymous


    This update follows on from the CAA guidance document circulated on 27 November 2020 and which summarised the then published government guidance on the tier restrictions which are due to come into force in England on 2 December 2020, and how these relate to children’s activity providers.

    The legislation which will be voted on by MPs on 1 December 2020 and which underpins the guidance has now been released.

    It can be found at

    https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1374/pdfs/uksi_20201374_en.pdf

    The legislation sets out what is and is not permitted in each tier.

    The restrictions on gatherings in each tier are followed by a set of exceptions – circumstances in which a gathering can take place.

    The following excerpts refer to parent and child groups:

    Tier 1 Exception 19: parent and child groups

    S.26 Exception 19 is that the gathering is of a parent and child group which is organised by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body for the benefit of children under the age of five and—

    (a) the gathering consists of no more than 15 persons, and

    (b) the gathering takes place at premises other than a private dwelling.

    S.27 In determining whether the limit in sub-paragraph (26)(a) is complied with, no account is to be taken of any child who is below the age of five.

    Tier 2 Exception 17: parent and child groups

    S.23 Exception 16 is that the gathering is of a parent and child group which is organised by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body for the benefit of children under the age of five and—

    (a) the gathering consists of no more than 15 persons, and

    (b) the gathering takes place at premises other than a private dwelling.

    S.24 In determining whether the limit in sub-paragraph(23) (a) is complied with, no account is to be taken of any child who is below the age of five.

    Tier 3 Exception 16: parent and child groups

    S.21 Exception 16 is that the gathering is of a parent and child group which is organised by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body for the benefit of children under the age of five and—

    (a) the gathering consists of no more than 15 persons, and

    (b) the gathering takes place at premises other than a private dwelling.

    S.22 In determining whether the limit in sub-paragraph (21) (a) is complied with, no account is to be taken of any child who is below the age of five.

    The guidance on out of school settings (OOSS) and after school clubs was updated by the Department of Education on 27 November 2020. That full document can be found at

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/protective-measures-for-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

    This does not appear to contain any material changes to mode of operation post first lockdown and the same guidance regarding keeping children in consistent groups, numbers etc apply.

    The guidance for parents and carers attending OOS settings can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

    An additional paragraph has been added to confirm that parent and child groups can continue throughout all three tiers.

    All providers should of course already have put all necessary measures in place to ensure that households are socially distanced and do not mix, that all activities and venues are properly risk assessed and that all necessary and appropriate measures have been taken to minimise the risk of transmission, as well as complying with Track and Trace requirements.

    The CAA will of course continue to keep its members and providers updated as to any changes to the legislation and guidance and as always, if a provider is in any doubt about their position then they should contact their local authority for advice.

    We will continue to navigate these difficult times together. Together we are stronger.


  • 03 Nov 2020 7:52 AM | Anonymous



    Dear all

    We hope that everyone is staying safe and well during these challenging times.

    As you will know, Boris Johnson announced plans for a second national lockdown in England, to commence on Thursday 5th November and to run until 2nd December 2020. Although this has to be voted through by Parliament on Wednesday 4th November, providers should plan for that lockdown going ahead.

    You can find a full copy of the national lockdown restrictions at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

    Section 1 states that everyone should stay at home, with a number of limited exceptions:

    “You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:

    ·       for childcare or education, where this is not provided online

    ·       for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)

    ·       to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place - with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).

    ·       for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm - such as domestic abuse

    ·       shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible

    ·       to visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer”

    Section 8 specifically refers to children’s activities:

    "8. Childcare and children’s activities
    Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, or for the purposes of respite care.

    Early years settings can remain open. Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with another household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under. As above, some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble, which allows single adult households to join another household.

    Some youth services may be able to continue, such as 1-1 youth work and support groups, but most youth clubs and groups will need to cease for this period."

    Whilst there is no specific mention of groups such as baby and toddler groups in the guidance, the CAA current interpretation of the above guidance is that groups which do not fall into the specific limited categories above must stop running in a face-to-face format from Thursday onwards. It is also likely that many venues used by providers will close.

    We have seen information circulated on social media over the last 24 hours that the Department of Education is going to release amended guidance to say that baby and toddler groups will be classed as “support” groups and that in light of that they can continue to run. The CAA has not received any confirmation of this and would urge members and providers to exercise caution. If and when any such confirmed government guidance is received we will circulate it to all. In the meantime, providers should ensure that they operate within the guidelines and restrictions issued to date.

    We know that the next weeks will be challenging times for everyone. The past months have shown us all what a valuable service our members provide to the families we work with. The last lockdown also showed what a resilient and creative industry we are, will many providers going online to continue deliver their sessions safely to families. We urge our members to keep supporting each other and sharing best practice. The CAA exists to bring members and providers together, to share ideas and resources as well as to provide parents with peace of mind.

    Together we are stronger.

  • 17 Sep 2020 11:29 AM | Anonymous


    Position: Member Service and Support Coordinator 

    The Children’s Activities Association is the UK’s first not-for-profit, industry led organisation to raise the standards in all organised activities across the UK. Since our recent growth in members, we’re looking for an organisation/individual to help this continue and to support a board of volunteers with strategies to retain existing members.

    Services required

    1. Be flexible to be available as a first point of contact to provide telephone/email support to our growing customer base around COVID19 stance, membership enquiries and any other items that are not dealt with by operations.

    2. Monitor and identify trends in client usage/interactions and recommend delivery improvement strategies

    3. Work from home and liaise directly to the CAA Board of Directors

    4. To help new members both understand and complete the process of becoming accredited by answering any questions

    5. Answer any daily enquiries received by both members and non-members relating to COVID19 guidelines, support and membership

    6. Help with hosting webinars for both members and non-members

    7. Work closely with the CAA Marketing Director to help coordinate development of high quality marketing material

    8. Conduct weekly outbound phone calls within the sector to help increase membership sales and awareness for the CAA

    9. Support the administration of regional networking events

    10. Help coordinate member working groups on behalf of the CAA and keep the board up to date on progress

    11. Coordinate new initiatives that increase membership numbers and add greater value to existing members

    The Organisation

    1. We welcome applications from both self-employed individuals and organisations. However, flexibility is required as there wont be set contract hours.

    2. As a voluntary organisation ourselves we’re looking for willingness to support in other areas of the organisation where required

    3. A strong customer service approach essential

    4. Knowledge of the children’s activity sector would be desirable

    5. Those working with the CAA must have excellent communication and presentation skills, including the ability to develop strong client relationships over the phone

    6. Previous experience of delivering outbound sales/customer service calls on behalf of businesses


    To apply, please email your CV to 
    info@childrensactivitiesassociation.org with the subject line 'Job Application'. 


  • 14 Aug 2020 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    It’s been a very challenging few months for most people running their businesses, especially for many in the children's activity sector.

    We very much hope that you are starting to see positives and your businesses can start rebuilding as the reopening of activities have begun. Of course, the timing of this is varied depending upon what type of activity each member runs.

    I hope that the advice/help that the CAA board have been communicating with you during this time has been helpful. We have received much positive feedback and have seen a marked increase in new members to the association.

    Our board have been working hard and often long hours (voluntarily) for the good of the CAA membership and the sector as a whole and I would like to air my thanks for all they have done.

    I am very pleased to announce that we have recently increased the number of board members and would like to welcome:


    Amanda Frolich
    Founder of Amanda's Action Club

    Amanda will be known to many of you and she has been an active supporter of the CAA since early on. As a board member, Amanda will be representative of the independent providers, whilst continuing to help in our lobbying plans and speak with providers who have questions as to why they should join us and become members.  

    "I have been a CAA member from the very start of the association as I was looking for an organisation who was able to accredit my work. I am proud to now join the board and help spread the word and advantages of membership."


    Trudi Beswick
    CEO, Caudwell Children

    Trudi and Caudwell Children will be known to some of you. As partners in the Children's Activities Week, a number of members have already visited the world-leading centre which offers significant support to children with autism and their families.

    With Trudi and Caudwell Children's experience in supporting children with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), she will be able to bring advice to providers who want to ensure all children can attend activities and get the most out of them wherever possible. 

    As with Amanda, Trudi has been a supporter of the quest for a Champion for children ( Government Minister ) and will play an important part in some areas of our lobbying.

    “Giving disabled children and families the support they need to thrive as part of an inclusive society has been my passion for over 20 years, and having met many activity providers during our involvement with CAW and the Children 1st Alliance, I know this is also true for the sector as a whole. I am therefore delighted to join the CAA Board and further align Caudwell Children with this important business sector; and in doing so I will offer all of my insight and the expertise from within the Caudwell Children team to assist providers in improving understanding, acceptance and opportunities for children with SEND as well as support the continued growth and development of the sector wherever I can.”  


    Sue Lee
    Managing Director, Morton Michel

    Sue, as Managing Director , takes over from Gary Harrison. Morton Michel of Morton Michel, specialist childcare Insurance brokers, was a founding member of the CAA, recognising the importance for our growing sector to be able to be self-governing in the future, and evidence excellence in the sector to all including parents and guardians whose children attend activities.

    With a current landscape of changing risk faced by providers, Sue's input here will be of much value.

    “I am personally and professionally thrilled to be part of CAA board, to improve standards across the industry. Our children’s physical and mental health is key to their health and wellbeing, so I am looking forward to being part of bringing positive change to such an important sector”


    On behalf of the board of the CAA we wish you our very best to you and your businesses moving forward.

    Best Wishes

    Mike Dodd
    Chair, Children's Activities Association



  • 07 Aug 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous


    Sue Heron, head of programme development for Tatty Bumpkin passed away suddenly on July 10th 2020. Sue had overseen the rich, multi-sensory curriculum at Tatty Bumpkin for 13 years and leaves a devastated team - Sue’s passion and enthusiasm had infused their lives.

    Sue Heron was originally a Paediatric Physiotherapist in the NHS for many years, but her joyful, playful nature found a home with Tatty Bumpkin where she could share her extraordinary knowledge and combine it with a creative, engaging, multi-sensory programme. Her background was in children with profound physical needs, and Sue bought her programme expertise & compassion to the Tatty Bumpkin classes, but also to the franchisees where she always had time to talk & support. She worked alongside Sam Petter, the founder of Tatty Bumpkin & they shared many adventures along their journey. It’s hard to put into words just how much Sue cared about helping children & families - her passion was creating a joy of movement that every child could relate to. She was joyous, caring, empathetic & kind to all who knew her. All of us at Tatty Bumpkin are devastated, some of the words from the franchisees...

    “Sue was the most passionate & helpful person I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. What a spirit.”

    “Never did I ever meet a kinder, more gentle, funny, generous, calm, passionate human being. Always so reassuring & optimistic. Cheated? Yes.”

    “Sue gave us all a wonderful gift - & that was pure joy & happiness.”

    “We were so lucky to have had Sue in our lives - her laugh was contagious & she was an example to us all in so many ways.”

    And for me, Sam, Sue & I were two halves of a whole, bringing totally different skills & interests to our work. We laughed every day, we kept sight of what was important, we supported each other, & understood each other completely. Even during lockdown we would speak 2/3 times a day about everything & anything. I will miss her beyond words.

    Sam Petter, Founder, Tatty Bumpkin

    I am shocked and so saddened to hear of the sudden death of Sue Heron.

    I had the pleasure of working closely with Sue during the early days of the Children’s Activities Association. Sue was on the steering group to launch the CAA and then she was a member of the committee to develop the CAA accreditation. From day one it was very clear how important improving the lives of children and families was to Sue and how dedicated she was to this cause. Sue made such a valuable contribution in all her CAA activity during that year and was a highly respected member of the founding team.

    It is Sue’s friendly approach and beaming smile alongside her considerable knowledge that I remember most vividly. Sue leaves a massive legacy in the children’s activities sector and she will be missed terribly.

    My thoughts are very much with her family and friends at this awful time.

    Sam Willoughby, on behalf of the CAA


  • 06 Aug 2020 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    We have recently updated our COVID 19 Guidelines for the Children’s Activates Sector in line with further guidance released by the Government.

    In recent weeks specific guidance has been released for some parts of our sector – in particular in relation to summer camps and holiday clubs. There has also been further guidance issued for the safe operation of multi-purpose community centers. This is information is included in our updated guidance which you can download on the link below -

    https://www.caa-report.co.uk/guidelines

    We wish to thank ClassBiz (www.clazzbiz.net) for kindly funding any costs of the project and also the incredible work from our team of volunteer industry experts who contributed their time to put these guidelines together.

    Led by Dr Amand Gummer - Good Play Guide

    Anne Marie Martin - Diddi Dance

    Fiona Simpson - Art Venturers

    Chris Irwin – EdStart

    Tamsin Brewis - Water Babies

    Andrew Alleway - Tidy Green Clean

    Claire O'Connor – babyballet

    Dan Allen - Turtle Tots

    Mark Rasche – Sports & Kids Activity Professionals

    Team Mental Health

    These guidelines are prepared in line with government and public health guidelines as of 04 August 2020. The CAA will release further updates to the guidelines when more information is available.

    Continued Lobbying by the CAA

    Despite all the effort that has gone into lobbying, which is starting to make a difference to the guidelines, there are still many areas relating to our sector which the current Government guidance does not cover. We will continue in our efforts to lobby Government until every provider in the sector has clarity on how they can safely reopen and operate.

    To view the Guidelines

    If you have previously registered to receive our Guidelines you will receive the updated document via email. To register and view the Guidelines please Click Here.


  • 20 Jul 2020 9:27 AM | Anonymous


    The CAA published its Covid 19 Guidelines for the Children’s Activities Sector in June. Since its publication there has been updated guidance released from the Government that relates to our sector, so for this reason, we have updated our Guidelines document which you can download on the link below (if you have previously registered you will receive the updated Guidelines via email).

    Click Here to download the latest Guidelines document from the CAA.

    We wish to thank ClassBiz (www.clazzbiz.net) for kindly funding any costs of the project and also the incredible work from our team of volunteer industry experts who contributed their time to put these guidelines together.

    Led by Dr Amand Gummer - Good Play Guide

    Anne Marie Martin - Diddi Dance

    Fiona Simpson - Art Venturers

    Chris Irwin – EdStart

    Tamsin Brewis - Water Babies

    Andrew Alleway - Tidy Green Clean

    Claire O'Connor – babyballet

    Dan Allen - Turtle Tots

    Mark Rasche – Sports & Kids Activity Professionals

    Team Mental Health

    These guidelines are prepared in line with government and public health guidelines as of 14 July 2020. The CAA will release further updates to the guidelines when more information is available.

    Continued Lobbying by the CAA

    Despite all the effort that has gone into lobbying, which is starting to make a difference to the guidelines, there are still many areas relating to our sector which the current Government guidance does not cover. We will continue in our efforts to lobby Government until every provider in the sector has clarity on how they can safely reopen and operate.

    To view the Guidelines

    If you have previously registered to receive our Guidelines you will receive the updated document via email. To register and view the Guidelines please Click Here.


  • 02 Jul 2020 8:48 AM | Anonymous


    You may have seen yesterday (01/07/2020) the government released updated guidance for activity providers, which is generally good news for the children's activities sector and a great start to bouncing back.

    As you know, the Children's Activities Association has been actively involved with helping the businesses in the sector navigate through this very challenging period and produced lots of guidelines, documentation and supporting materials as well as lobbying government.

    We are delighted that the government has listened to membership bodies like the CAA and others lobbying them on behalf of the sector and used very similar wording in their guidelines to the letters we wrote and conversations we had with politicians and advisors. However, we appreciate there needs to be more clarity and further guidance, so we will continue to lobby for under 5's to be allowed to operate as soon as is deemed safe and appropriate by government.

    The CAA will be updating our Covid 19 Guidelines for the Children’s Activities Sector (as we mentioned we would as soon as government advice changed) and all updates will be emailed out to all those that have registered to receive them.

    If you haven't yet signed up to receive the CAA Covid 19 Guidelines for the Children’s Activities Sector you can do so on this link - https://www.caa-report.co.uk/guidelines


  • 29 Jun 2020 9:49 AM | Anonymous


    The CAA has published its Covid 19 Guidelines for the Children’s Activities Sector. The Covid 19 crisis has had a huge impact on the sector so the CAA in conjunction with a team of leading industry experts have created the documents to support businesses in the preparation for reopening physical activity sessions.

    As the government have not issued specific guidance for the sector, the CAA prepared these guidelines in line with public health and government guidance to enable providers to put measures in place so that when they can open, they can do so carefully and effectively.

    We wish to thank ClassBiz (www.clazzbiz.net) for kindly funding the project and also the incredible work from our team of industry experts who contributed their time to put these guidelines together.

    Led by Dr Amand Gummer - Good Play Guide

    Anne Marie Martin - Diddi Dance

    Fiona Simpson - Art Venturers

    Chris Irwin – EdStart

    Tamsin Brewis - Water Babies

    Andrew Alleway - Tidy Green Clean

    Claire O'Connor – babyballet

    Dan Allen - Turtle Tots

    Mark Rasche – Sports & Kids Activities Professionals

    Team Mental Health

    These guidelines are prepared in line with government and public health guidelines as at 26 June 2020. The CAA will release further updates to the guidelines when more information is available.

    Parent Survey Results

    Along with the guidelines you will also receive a report on the recent Parent Survey the CAA undertook. The survey was completed by over 3000 parents and provides a valuable insight into the sentiment of parents regarding children returning to classes.

    To Receive the Guidelines

    If you have already registered with the CAA to receive the guidelines you will receive these via email. To view the guidelines now please visit - www.caa-report.co.uk/guidelines


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