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UK school holiday clubs for kids aged 3-4

Mini Explorers: Adventure holiday camps perfect for ages 3-4

Our youngest campers are creative and curious, ready to embrace each day and enjoy an incredible holiday club experience – whether they visit us every school break or it’s their first time on a day camp. 

As parents or carers, you want to know they will have a friendly face on hand all day, from the moment they arrive to when they leave, and an exciting, action-packed plan filled with safe, engaging and fun indoor and outdoor activities. They’ll experience all this and much more as Mini Explorers!

We plan our daily schedules based on each child’s age and interests, using a similar tried and tested structure. While timetables vary across venues, our programmes follow a theme with staff basing their weekly activities around it, making sure everyone enjoys an incredible holiday day camp filled with fun wherever its location.

See all our Mini Explorer camp activities!

  • Arts and crafts
  • Games and sports
  • Nature activities
  • Music and movement
  • Swimming
  • Mindfulness
  • Sensory and soft play
  • Treasure hunt
  • Mini yoga
  • Mini Olympics
  • Bouncy castle
  • Daily challenges
  • Adventure playground
  • Cooking
  • Disco
  • Talent show
  • Crazy science
  • Potion making 

Facilities and locations

Each mini explorers venue is hand-picked because its facilities are perfect for early years activities. Using a school’s EYFS facility or a large classroom with space to create continuous provision and child-led activities, our team encourages learning through play, including construction, arts and crafts, role play, messy play, fine motor/marking and a home corner.*

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We are Ofsted accredited!

*We do not have access to changing facilities on-site, and all children are required to be toilet trained.

Staff reviews

What do our early years leaders say?

"I've absolutely LOVED being a Activity Leader and Early Years Leader at United Education since 2018! It's so much fun spending holidays with our little ones - I love working with children and helping them to realise their potential. Every day at camp is different, and no two children are the same. This is what makes the job so rewarding - everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. We do so many fun activities like Arts and Crafts, Forest School children's activities and messy play! It is always a joy to see the kids having so much fun while they're also learning and developing. I have a degree in Primary Education with QTS. It is great to be able to contribute my knowledge to such a passionate and talented team. I feel very lucky to be part of such a great team!"
LUCY - early years leader at Moorlands camp

School holiday camp early years FAQs

Early Years is a term used to categorise the phase of a child’s life from birth to age 5.  
At United Education, our Early Years school holiday camp group (also known as Mini Explorers) is suitable for children at the higher end of this age group, from 3 to 4 years old. Once children turn 5, they transition into our Junior Explorers group for 5- to 7-year-olds.

A key person is a member of staff that works closely with a child while they are in an Early Years setting. At our school holiday camps, the key person is responsible for observing a specific group of children, paying attention to what they enjoy doing and assessing areas for development.  
In our Mini Explorers group at our school holiday camps, each child is assigned a key person who will observe and pay close attention to them throughout the day. You will be able to see our key people when you arrive at Camp.  

Children learn best when encouraged to explore and discover their environment while playing and interacting with other children. At our school holiday clubs we feel play is essential as it has strong links to children’s physical, cognitive, language and social development.

Our Mini Explorers group timetable combines child and adult-led activities. We include continuous provision through a home corner, role play area, messy play, construction and arts and crafts (to name a few) set up for children to access throughout the day and influenced by our weekly themes and the children’s needs and interests. This provision changes throughout the week based on our observations of what the children are enjoying so that there is something new and exciting to experience every day.  

Our school holiday clubs have emphasis on outdoor play which has many benefits for children in their early years. Going outside and exploring their natural environment helps children make sense of the world. It also can help develop an appreciation for the world and build children’s desire to look after their natural habitat, which they can carry throughout their lives.  

At United Education, we recognise how important it is for all children to be outside exploring their natural environment. Therefore, we prioritise including outdoor activities and chances for children to play and explore throughout our daily timetables.  

Customers reviews

What do our parents say?

A jam packed timetable of activities, led by friendly and enthusiastic staff - and consistenly glowing reports home from our little girl. A real opportunity for kids to meet new people and have new experiences.
Parent

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