Virtual holiday care

This month parents across the nation came to terms with the fact that the majority of school students will not be returning to the classrooms this term.  Many are left wondering what this will mean for them and their family. 

Remote home schooling, for most children, continues to be the norm and then the summer holidays begin.  11 long weeks until the start of September and even then, despite the Government promising all children will be back to school full-time, the uncertainty of whether this will actually happen is causing a lot of parents up and down the country to worry about how to cope with the numerous roles they must play now.

Parent, spouse, teacher, employee, cleaner, entertainment provider, chef…..the list is seemingly endless! And whilst some kids’ clubs are operating, they are doing so at reduced capacity, reduced opportunity, and reduced hours – causing more headaches all around.

So how can we help?

As a company of working mothers ourselves, Parental Choice have researched what options are available to support families over the next few weeks, months and beyond!  We have created a special offer to help secure a temporary nanny/childcare placement for working families to help cover the end of term and school holidays for a reduced fixed price that includes recruitment, contract and payroll services and we would be delighted to tell you more about this.  Just call 020 3818 1236 or email and we can tell you more about it.

If employing a nanny seems a little beyond what you were looking for in terms of keeping your kids entertained over the summer holidays, then we also have a solution for you – virtual summer camps! 

COVID-19 has certainly led to greater creativity and online opportunity for many businesses, and this includes summer camps for children.  From online cookery classes to STEM camps and learning new languages, there is something for everyone this summer and we thought we would highlight a few below for you to investigate with your kids.

Creative Clubs

Inspired Ireland (also covers GB)

Animation, wire sculpture, mask making, comic art, model making, set building and more, Inspireland is a creative art summer camp that has moved online.

Format: They send out the materials that a child needs, and then you work on them in online classes during July and August. Tutorials are scheduled with live tutors at regular intervals between 10.00am and 12:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Cost: €170.

Age: 8-18 years.

Smart Raspberry

Nutritious child-friendly cooking classes for a variety of ages

Format:  Our LIVE Cook At Home Summer Workshops will be running on Tuesdays – Thursdays depending on age group, throughout the summer holidays, 10.00-12.00.

Cost: £4.50 per class

Age: 4 – 15 years

Young Film Academy

For young people who love films, whether it’s creating them or acting in them, YFA’s Virtual Filmmaking and Screen Acting Summer Camp is a dream come true: a chance to immerse themselves in a practical film creation experience with other students from around the world. This live remote programme uses a unique creative format designed by Young Film Academy, enabling students to collaborate in making high-quality movies from home!

Costs and Dates: 1 week camp £675

Monday 3rd August – Sunday 9th August 2020

Monday 10th August – Sunday 16th August 2020

2 week camp £1250

Monday 3rd August – Sunday 16th August 2020

Ages: 12-17 years

STEM Clubs

Anyone 4 Science

At home science experiments to do with a variety of themes to keep your children thoroughly entertained.

Format:  Our Facebook Live/Zoom camps are limited to 8 participants and must be booked in advance.

You will be supplied with a kit of materials by post in advance of the camp. A list of other items needed from your kitchen will be emailed to you in advance.

Junior Zoom camps: For children aged 7 – 12 years. Some children will need parental help/supervision for some of the activities.

Two workshops per day, Monday to Friday, will be streamed at 10 am and 12 pm to provide 10 different activities per week of camp.

Teen Zoom camps: For Teens aged 13- 16 years. One longer workshop per day at 2 pm will be provided for teens over the 5 days of camp.

Cost: £40 per class

Age: 7-16 years.


The Academy of Code

Students discover the exciting world of coding through languages including Java, Python, Scratch, HTML/CSS and more.

Format:  Classes run Monday-Friday except bank holiday Mondays (weeks including bank holidays are priced pro rata). Classes start at various times throughout the day, depending on age and school year.

Cost:  Starts from €69 per week up to €599 for 12 weeks

Ages: 4- 16 years


Richer Education

The Richer Education virtual courses, weekend classes, workshops and camps go beyond the curriculum by delivering activities that are fun and educational.
We encourage children to discover and explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) subjects by themselves, being led by specialists.

Format: Online learning for a variety of STEM subjects in classes of 1 tutor to 8 participants.

Cost: £200 per week per course

Ages: 7 – 18 years depending on subject

Language Clubs

Institut Francais

Beginner (A1) / Elementary (GCSE level) / Intermediate (A-Level)

Format: 5h/day over 5 days + cultural activities; Monday to Friday |10.00am – 3.30pm

Costs: £375 (no early booking discount)

Age: 8 – 15 years

Parental Choice are experts in creating childcare solutions tailored to meet the needs of your unique family.

This can include searching for, and sourcing childcare from birth onward and helping search for education from nursery, through primary/prep and onto senior school.

Get in touch and see how we can help.

 020 8979 6453

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