©Kirton News 2019

Happy 20th Birthday Kirton Kids Club!

This is the year of our twentieth birthday! I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone but the club has moved on considerably since those first days of seven children at the after school sessions.

The idea of a kids club for the village originally came from the then local vegetable factories – which needed somewhere for their staff’s children to go between school ending and their staff shift end and the Primary School and I was asked to join a team to move the idea forward. Kirton Kids Club was born in 1998.

The charity itself opened in January 1999 as an after school facility housed in the Youth Centre at Kirton. It was set up with some funding from the vegetable factories and a small lottery grant.

There were two members of staff, a management committee and we opened term time only. Over the years we have held holiday clubs and opened the breakfast club too.

Unfortunately the holiday sessions – though really good fun and well attended – did not stack up financially and so we went back to our roots some years ago and Kirton Kids Club is still a before and after school childcare facility held in term time only.

We have been able to have a big storage room built and apart from the main dining area and hall we also rent a ‘chill out’ room for the older children.

We also managed to get funding and had an area outside covered in astro turf, had benches and tables put down and a wonderful climbing wall/ tower slide put in place for the children too, there is a sand and mud kitchens and a water fun area.

We also grow fruit trees and plant up raised bed and flowers each year. Over the years we have been helped financially by various local companies and charities – of which we are very grateful.

But the majority of our funds are gained from the fees we charge – although kept low to enable more parents/carers to access the facility, we are a non profit making charity and any spare money is put back into new toys and equipment for the children when possible.

I would like to thank all parents/carers and children who have supported the club over the last 20 years – all the helpers, staff and funders who have and continue to help us each year.

Thank you also goes to Staff and Committee Members who have helped make Kirton Kids Club the success it is today – twenty years on. Here is to another twenty!

 

Website: kirtonkidsclub.co.uk

Email Address: kkc09@live.co.uk.