Childcare Office

University of Cambridge Holiday Playscheme

Playscheme is run primarily for the children of staff and students of the University. The aim of the Playscheme is to provide best quality play opportunities and care for children reception to 15 years old throughout Cambridgeshire school holidays (except Christmas and Bank Holidays).

Upcoming dates

Holiday Dates for the Year 2014/15

October half term: 27-31 October
February half term: 16-20 February
Easter (all sites): 30 March-10 April
Easter (St Mary’s only): 13-17 April
May half term: 25-29 May
Summer (St Mary’s only): 6-22 July
Summer (Chesterton and St Mary’s only): 23 July-28 August

Venues for Playscheme

Red Team
Chesterton Community College
Gilbert Road
Yellow Team
Fawcett Primary School
Alpha Terrace
Blue Team
St Mary's Junior School
Chaucer Road

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.

Useful information

At Chesterton, we will be back to the hall we were using at the start of the summer holiday. Due to extensive building works Fawcett will not be open during May half term or the summer holidays. St Mary's is now up and running; it is a lovely site please feel free to come and visit us there.

For safeguarding purposes, your child will no longer be allowed to have a mobile phone or other electronic device with them at Playscheme (excluding DS Day). If you want to provide them with a mobile phone then this needs to be given to the staff on site to store safely. Children will be able to access it for appropriate reasons. If an over 11s room is open, then staff may deem it acceptable for them to use any phones or electronic devices in this area.

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.