Childcare Office

Cambridge Universities' Holiday Playscheme

Children at St FaithsThe Cambridge Universities' Holiday Playscheme is a joint operation between the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University, under the care of the Playscheme Co-ordinator, Vicky Cornwell. Playscheme provides childcare and play opportunities for school aged children from rising five to fifteen years old in the state school holiday periods (excluding Christmas and Bank Holidays).

Upcoming dates

  • Easter: 7-17 April 2014
  • Summer Half-Term: 27-30 May 2014
  • Summer: 24 July-29 August 2014 (Chesterton open for 3 weeks – dates tbc)
  • October: 27-31 October 2014

Venues for Playscheme


Booking for Easter Playscheme commenced on the 28th April for University staff and students, Anglia Ruskin staff and students, Cambridge Assessment staff and Cambridge University Press staff. College staff and general public booking will commence on the 6th May.

Advance booking will close on the 19th May. Bookings made after the advance booking period will be subject to a charge of £2.50 per child per day. This is a change to our previous late booking fee.

Opening Times

Please be aware that our session times are:

  • 08.15-17.45 for a full day
  • 08.15-13.00 for a morning session
  • 13.00–17.45 for an afternoon session

If you are late collecting your child/ren you will be charged a standard late fee of 50p per minute.  This is a change in our policy from the 50p per minute per child.

May Playscheme 2014

Easter Playscheme will be open from Tuesday 27th May through to Friday 30th May (excluding weekends) at Chesterton and Fawcett. Fawcett parents please be aware that we will be in the dining hall and mobile unit area, as we were in February half term. It is likely we will continue to run Playscheme from here until 2015 whilst Fawcett carry out extensive building works.

Mailing List

Many of you are now receiving your booking information via email. All parents should have now received information regarding the postal mailing list. Booking forms and information for Playscheme will now be available from either the University web pages or via the emailing list.

We will only send paper copies if no computer access is available.


Having parents and children's feedback on Playscheme is very useful to us and helps everyone to be involved in the decision making for activities.

Please email us if you have any good ideas or complete the feedback questionnaires available on site.