There are many school clubs run both outside of school hours and during lunch breaks. These are run either by school staff, who give up their time voluntarily, or by instructors from outside of school, therefore, it is essential that children are collected promptly at finishing time.

Information regarding the clubs is sent home with children at the beginning of Terms 1, 3 and 5 and run for 2 terms. Clubs are very popular and often have to be restricted to certain age groups or an agreed number and a minimal charge is applicable. When you receive your form, please fill in your choices and send them back to the school office as soon as possible as limited spaces are filled on a first come first served basis.  Your form will then be sent back to you letting you know if you have a place in your desired club and with payment advice.

Please also make sure that you report any known future absences for After School Clubs to your club leader.

Clubs can include:

Gymnastics, Multi Sports,  Skittleball, Football and Running.
An energetic afternoo for our sporty pupils!

Choir and Dance.
For our performers.

Art, Card Making, Weaving and Sewing.
For the creative, artistic pupils.

Gardening                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For KS1 children who love the great outdoors.

Coding                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   For our children who show an interest an would like to explore technology.




Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club runs from 7.45am until 8.30 each day.

Children enjoy a healthy breakfast of toast with sunflower spread, honey, jam or marmite, rice crispies, cornflakes, multigrain hoops or weetabix with fresh milk, fresh fruit and a drink of apple juice, orange juice or water.

After breakfast they can chose from activities such as Lego, reading or colouring. At 8.30 they go out to play for 10 minutes until the start of school.

The cost is currently £3 per session per child and booked weekly or termly. A booking form is sent out on Monday of each week to be returned with payment in a named envelope by Wednesday




Welcome and thank you for your interest in our after-school club.

Woodpeckers is an independent business within the school. We offer childcare for all children at Woodford Valley exclusively. We run from 3-5pm every weekday.  This is broken up into two sessions where children can join us for the whole two hours, just come 3-4pm or can come to us 4-5pm if they are in another school club. KS1 are brought to us by the teachers in their class. We offer a healthy snack at all sessions. The club is run in the school hall. At pick up times 4pm or 5pm we bring the children up to the top gate, if you are earlier just pop down to the hall.

Payment can be made in cash, bank transfer or by using the government tax free childcare scheme.

So, who are we?

Woodpeckers is run by Helen Evison and Dawn Sims. We now have the lovely Shelly Brewer joining the team.

We all work as Teaching Assistants within the school. Dawn works in Durnford (year 4), Helen works in Netton (year 2) and Shelly works in Lake (Reception). With all of us working within the school it helps us get to know the children and them to get to know us.

What happens at Woodpeckers?

When the children arrive, they can choose their activity. We take a register and have some free time to relax after our day at school. Snack is provided but it is up to the individual child if they would like it. We always have a few different food options on offer: Cheese, ham, peppers, carrots, crackers and fruit. We can cater for any dietary requirements. We then have some time to play, lots of different toys such as Lego, cars, dolls, beads, animals, and board games. We always have a creative table with different things paper, pencils, tape, boxes and craft materials. There is also a quiet place to sit and relax with some books or magazines. When the weather allows, we also try to go outside for some fresh air, we are lucky to have use of all the schools outside facilities.

Our biggest wish at Woodpeckers is for the children to be safe, relaxed and have a lovely time.

We have had some wonderful feedback from parents

 “You are like a little Woodpecker family”

 “He asks every day is it a Woodpecker Day!”

 “They love coming to you”

We are not just for working parents, we are here for anyone who would like to use us.


We send out a termly booking form if you know the dates you need. The easiest way is to send us an email. We can also take late bookings for those unexpected emergencies, but you must make sure your child is registered with us.

As we are separate from the school, we must keep our own records. If you register and never use us that is fine at least you know you have that back up. For legal reasons if we do not have a registration form, we are unable to accept your child. The registrations forms are never shared anywhere else.

Please use this link below to find out more information about tax free child care.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us we are always happy to help.

We look forward to meeting you,

Helen Evison and Dawn Sims