Holiday playscheme

The University of Cambridge Holiday Playscheme provides childcare and play opportunities for children from Reception age through to 15 years.

Taking place at our Junior School site in Chaucer Road, priority bookings from St Mary’s School, Cambridge families will be offered on a first come first served basis, before bookings are opened up to the wider public.

The next Playscheme session will operate from:

Tuesday 29 May to Friday 1 June 2018

St Mary's School, Cambridge families are able to priority book from 11.00 am on Monday 23 April, and bookings will be open to the general public from Tuesday 8 May.

Please complete the Annual Registration Form 2018 if you have not previously done so and, for information on how to book please visit the Playscheme website

For further information or to book please contact the playscheme administrator (general queries and bookings) by emailing, or calling +44 (0)1223 339905.

About the University of Cambridge Holiday Playscheme

The organisers strongly believe in child-led play; however, a sample timetable of planned activities can be seen here. Each holiday the activities are likely to consist of arts and crafts, sports, rollerblading, construction, den building, woodwork, role play, fancy dress, cooking, reading, messy play, music, water play, party games, and much more.

Over 11s are free to be less involved with the activities put on for the younger children, and are engaged in card games, board games, cooking and baking, drama activities, films, local trips, snack preparation, games on the Wii, and barbecues. There is the opportunity to participate in trips and outings to local parks, museums, nature reserves, or other places of interest.

Trips are usually optional and some children will remain at the settings where activities will run as normal, and there is a suggested £2 contribution per child for any trips attended.


Playscheme administrator (general queries and bookings):

+44 (0)1223 339905
Childcare Office, 21 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QA
St Mary's School, Cambridge - blue team (during holidays only): +44 (0)7794588405

Sixth Form volunteering opportunities

The University of Cambridge Holiday Playscheme is looking for enthusiastic, energetic and responsible people to work during the school holidays at the playschemes for children aged 4-15. No previous experience working with children is necessary; however candidates need to feel confident with initiating exciting play opportunities.

This is a great chance to earn some extra income during the holidays as you can work as much or as little as you like during the holidays. The starting salary is £7.44 per hour.

We strongly believe in child-led play, and strive to provide as many exciting opportunities for children as possible, whether they be sports or arts and crafts, role play or construction, music, dance or even woodwork and cooking. If you’d like to bring your skills to our fun team then get in touch. Email or telephone +44 (0)1223 3399050.

“Being a playworker encouraged me to use my initiative and to think on my feet when devising games for the children.”

St Mary’s Sixth Form, Cambridge volunteer, October half term

“Working at Playscheme is as much fun for the playworkers as it is for the children!”

St Mary’s Sixth Form, Cambridge volunteer, October half term