The history and origins of the FUNdays Club
We do things differently at FUNdays Club and that’s all thanks to our unique origins and history. With a focus on high-quality childcare that delivers real, memorable interactions and development-focused activities, we’re far more than just your average after-school club. Here’s the story behind why FUNdays is the way it is today:
FUNdays Club originated when founder Mark realised that not much had changed about after school childcare since his youth. Clubs were mainly run passively, fuelled by cordial and biscuits, with little chance for children to grow, learn, and develop. With less opportunity to engage, get creative, or make the best use of their time, parents often worry that children weren’t getting all they could get out of after-school clubs or holiday childcare. As primary school educators, Mark and Kate together saw first-hand how childcare could change for the better – and FUNdays Club was born.
The creation of FUNdays Club
In early 2012, Mark and Kate took the opportunity to take their pioneering Holiday Club to the next level. With childcare for before and after school and during school holidays, children were provided access to resources to enrich their minds, bodies and hearts. While parents were given peace of mind, that time spent away from their children would be a great, productive break for everyone.
Social Enterprise Accreditation
We have been accredited as a genuine social enterprise – the Social Enterprise Mark is an independent guarantee that we put the interests of people and planet above shareholder gain. We have been externally assessed against sector-agreed criteria and have proved our commitment to using profits and income to create benefits for society and the environment.
I was delighted to read the quality and standards of your early years provision, especially, “Children display a strong sense of belonging and excitement at the club at the end of the school day” – you are to be congratulated on this.Helean Hughes, Director of Education and Skills of Wiltshire Council
Children absolutely love attendingMost recent OFSTED Report
My son had a great time and we will definitely be booking for holiday club in the future. Well organised and a great setting with friendly staff.Parent Feedback
My 3 kids absolutely love FUNdays. They enjoy the normal term time club and the Holiday Club. My kids love all the sports, games, creative projects, fun food creations, educational themes and all the cool facts that they learn while there. It’s the best!Parent Feedback
They have had the best time doing the best things! Thank you for putting in all the effort you do, the timetable was epic and also sharing what they have done. Staff have been excellent as always. They liked all the staff and I have heard new names and good things about all of them over the past couple of weeks, which says it all because they wouldn’t mention them if they hadn’t had fun or made a connection with them.Parent Feedback
I loved the nominations and hearing about what they had been nominated for – it didn’t have to be a massive thing but something that followed the golden rules. It was lovely knowing that the staff had observed even the little things and it meant a lot to the kids.Parent Feedback
How FUNdays Club helps families today
Over time, FUNdays Club evolved from a single site to two, then three different clubs across the area, providing far more children with the opportunity to access high-quality childcare. With sessions run in the mornings and after school, as well as holiday-enrichment activities and opportunities, there’s plenty for children to explore and enjoy. With more than 20 people on our always-growing team, we continue to offer bigger and better services to families every term.