Cottenham Primary School

Cottenham is home to one of our most loved after school clubs, managed by Play Leader, Paula, and her fantastic team of passionate play workers.

We offer a breakfast, after school and holiday club for children attending Cottenham Primary School from our base in the village hall. The club always makes sure that there is plenty for the children to enjoy and a welcoming place to come after a long day at school or a place to enjoy your breakfast with your friends.

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The Breakfast Club

Breakfast School Club operates from 7.30am to 9am. The children can eat breakfast with us and play as they wish until school drop off. Key Stage 1 Children will be escorted to their classrooms and key stage 2 children will be escorted to the school playground and are expected to walk to their classrooms by themselves.

We offer children a choice of a healthy breakfast each morning, which usually consists of a mix of Cereal, Milk, Fruit, Toast, Crumpets and water.

The After School Club

After School Club operates from the end of the School day to either 4:30pm or 6pm, Key Stage 1 children will be collected from their classrooms by a playworker and key stage 2 children will be expected to make their own way to a meeting point for the after school club, where they will be met by a CKC staff member. All children will then be walked over to the Village Hall where the club is based.

We have a delicious changing menu of light snacks that the children can enjoy with their friends, catching up after the school day. The children can then play as they wish until pick up time.

At pickup time a member of our team is ready to meet parents at the main entrance. Just ring the bell and we will come see you. We love catching up with parents and we are always ready to answer any questions or give feedback about a Childs afternoon with us.

The Holiday Club

The holiday club operates from 8am – 6pm with a full and varied programme of activities and trips. Each week has a theme to it and the activities and outings are based around that theme. This will be emailed out to you around 6 weeks before the start of the holiday for you to book the specific days. For children staying all day, a mid-morning snack and a light afternoon snack is provided. We ask you to provide a pack lunch.


Cottenham Village Hall, St George's Playing Field, Lambs Lane, Cottenham, Cambridge, CB24 8TA

Location in Village Hall

The entrance road to the Village Hall is to the left of the Primary School. The main doors are visible from the car park, please ring the doorbell and a member if the CKC staff team will come greet you and let you in.


There should be parking available on site when dropping off and collecting your child/children. Please be aware of children/parents who may be walking through the car park.

Meet our Play Leader, Paula

Hi everyone, our club is like a family. We are always friendly and welcoming, come and see what the fun is all about!

What has Ofsted recently said about us...

  • “Children enjoy the range of activities on offer and are encouraged to follow their own interests. They have opportunities to make their own choices, such as the daily board, where they record their ideas for the day’s activities.”

  • “Children benefit from the friendly and meaningful relationships that have been established between their parents and staff…. Parents speak positively of the setting and are confident that their children are happy and settled.”

  • “Children are happy and enjoy their time at this welcoming setting. Staff provide a range of enjoyable activities which take account of children’s interests and learning needs. They strive to offer an inclusive service where all children are valued and respected as individuals. Staff share friendly and meaningful relationships with parents and teachers at the host school.”

Testimonials from Parents

  • We love knowing our child is safe, happy and having lots of fun!! It eases our minds when we are busy at work so we are very thankful to all staff.

  • Our child attends the club on a regular basis so it really feels like a home from home for them.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Depending on the size of the club and the day you need to book, we try our best to accommodate any last minute bookings.

    For the Breakfast and Afterschool Club session(s), if less than a months’ notice of cancellation is given, we will unfortunately have to charge for the session(s), after which you will lose the regular booking pattern and should you require it again will need to join our waiting list. If more than a months’ notice is given you will not be charged but will still lose your regular booking pattern and should you require it again will need to join our waiting list. However if you would like to hold onto the regular session, then we will offer to keep this open for a small fee – 50% of the sessions fee. You are free to make a permanent cancellation to the regular session, please note we will then offer this session to another child who is currently on our waiting for a place.

    No. We offer places on a first come first served basis. The only time this is not used is when a child is on the waiting list but are not able to start, we then hold their place until it is needed and then make offers to children next on the list.

    Yes. Most of our breakfast / after school session hold a waiting list. We recommend contacting us at the earliest possibility to register your child and add them to the waiting list for your required days.

    No. To offer parents childcare security we roll sessions over from one academic year to the next. This means that children’s places will continue until we receive notification from parents to change or cancel them.

    No. We do not ask for a deposit.

    No. We do not require a registration fee.

    Each club provides a slightly different menu. Generally for breakfast there is a variety of cereals, toast, yoghurts and fresh fruit with water, milk and fruit juice available to drink. In the after school clubs there is likely to be a variety of vegetables, crackers, breadsticks, meats and cheeses. To drink there is diluting juice and water. Fresh fruit is available continually.

    Yes. We do encourage all parents to visit the after school club before their child starts. This gives parents and children time to meet the Playleaders and Playworkers and ask any questions they may have. It is also a great chance for children to familarise themselves with the layout and see if they already have friends attending.

    Each school with stagger reception start dates slightly differently. When your sessions are confirmed, please provide us with the date you wish your child to start attending the club. This is normally similar dates to when they start school full time.