OSCARS multi-activity Easter and summer camps are designed to provide nonstop activity and fun from the start to the end of the day.
Children, who can attend from any school, are divided into age groups
Yellow 5-7 age group
Red 8-10 age group
They participate in 4, 5 or 6 activities daily each for between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the activity.
Each group follows its own timetable which includes a diverse activity list, but occasionally the groups may join together for very specific controlled suitable activities.
Activities on offer at Spring Oscars @Blackhall include:
Capture the flag
Frantic FAB Friday
Pedal Go Karts
OSCARS Got Talent
Staff super soak
Zorb ball sports
Every Friday is FRANTIC FAB FRIDAY. The day is themed and structured around large group games and tournaments which take place culminating in ‘It’s a Knockout’ and the OSCARS awards ceremony.
Children will never be bored – they’ll want to come back for more
Spring Oscars Blackhall Camp is based at Blackhall Primary School, Edinburgh EH4 and is easily accessible from Edinburgh city centre via both road and public transport.
OSCARS has the sole use of the school which includes:
Swimming takes place off site and children are transferred via private coach.
Our reception is based in the sports hall at the top of the playground; simply park in Craigcrook Road, enter the school via the main entrance and follow OSCARS signage. The full address is:
Spring Oscars @ Blackhall
Centre telephone: 07971 095326
Care Inspectorate Registration Number: CS2010279822
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OSCARS provides breakfast (cereals, toast and fruit juice) up until 8.30am, and mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack breaks which vary from day to day but will always include fruit, non-fizzy juice and water.
Please provide your child with a packed lunch. Parents should ensure lunch boxes contain a freeze block to comply with food hygiene guidelines.
During the online registration process you will be asked to complete a confidential medical and consent form for each child attending.
This is an important document and if booking by telephone OSCARS must receive it at least one week prior to attendance.
OSCARS employ a number of first aiders who are on site each day to tend to minor bumps and bruises.
We recommend that children wear practical and comfortable clothing: e.g. shorts and t-shirts, jeans and sweatshirts depending on the weather. In hot weather a cap and sun cream can be useful.
Swimming will take place on a periodically throughout each week and specific timings will be displayed at reception. If children wish to swim please make sure they bring a suitable swimming costume and towel, and goggles if required.
Theme days will take place each FRANTIC FAB FIZZING FRIDAY and these will be publicised at camp reception from each Monday.
Formal activities commence at 9.30am and finish at 5pm but children can arrive from 8.00am and stay until 6.00pm.
For children arriving between 8am and 8.30am OSCARS will provide a breakfast of cereal and toast plus a drink followed by supervised passive activities such as board games and films.
In the late afternoon from 5pm until closing children waiting for collection will participate in the same passive activities.
Mid-morning, lunchtime and mid-afternoon breaks are timetabled and plenty of refreshing juice and water is available all day.
Please see the section here for further details about snacks and lunch.
OSCARS recommends that you do not bring valuable items to our programmes such as iPads or computer games or expensive phones – for a start there will not be time to use them.
Staff cannot be responsible for such items and OSCARS will accept no liability for loss or damage.
All lost property is kept for one month after the end of each holiday programme and then if not reclaimed is donated to charity.
OSCARS pays a great deal of attention to security at our centres.
Anyone visiting our sites receives a visitor badge from the management team on being admitted.
Each centre has clearly defined boundaries and all staff wear OSCARS t shirts and identification lanyards making them easily identifiable.
All children have to be signed in and out by a parent or guardian who is listed on the initial registration form.
Children can sign themselves in and out only if OSCARS receives a signed letter of authorisation from a parent.
All staff go through a rigorous recruitment process including full Disclosure check via the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) membership scheme and no member of staff works with children in our care until they are cleared to do so by the relevant authorities. Nothing matters more to us than the safety and well being of all children in our care.
OSCARS understands that particularly young children can tire as the day goes on.
Therefore regular breaks are built into the schedule and active sessions are intermingled with passive sessions.
Each centre has a quiet corner where children can retreat to if necessary and whilst time spent at OSCARS is highly active there is always a space to have fun more quietly.
OSCARS staff are experienced in enabling children to relax, feel at ease and join in.
Group activities take place at the start of each day so that children mix and communicate and socialise from the moment activities commence.
A lot of children claim not to enjoy sport but all children love running around, playing games and participating in activities such as art, clay modelling, dance and drama.
The priority at an OSCARS multi activity camp is to have fun and join in and our staff are specialists at encouraging children to do exactly this.
OSCARS caps the numbers who can attend each of our centres on a daily basis, and we do become full during specific weeks.
Early booking is recommended. However, we completely understand that schedules can change so we can accept late bookings depending on availability.
OSCARS is registered with a wide range of voucher companies and they can be used for full or part payment for almost all of our holiday programmes. OSCARS can also take payment via your tax free childcare account.
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Many children enjoy attending OSCARS for a number of weeks in their holidays.
Due to the large range of activities, and different theme days no week is the same. There is always variety and something new to try.
OSCARS welcomes children from throughout the world who are on holiday near to our centres.
Our centres provide great opportunities for foreign children to mix with British children and communicate in English whilst participating in a fun filled day.
Everybody who attends OSCARS receives at least one OSCARS certificate in recognition of their progress throughout their time with us. This is presented by our groovy mascot – OSCAR – on a Friday afternoon to weekly leavers.
Flexibility is our priority when you register for an OSCARS programme as children can attend for full weeks, part weeks, full days or half days. You make the booking to suit your requirements.
OSCARS prices for Easter and summer 2021 remain as follows. They include long opening times, all activities and snacks.
|Weekly ticket full day||£175|
|3 Week ticket full day||£499|
|Full day tickets||£36|
|Half day tickets||£21|
Families booking more than one child receive a 5% discount on their final invoice price.
How to Book
Please email SpringOscars@actionforchildren.org.uk with the dates you require to book. Please remember to include the ticket type needed – i.e full day, half day (AM/PM), full week.
The deposit or full payment may be made using credit/debit cards.
Payments can also be made electronically to the following account details:
Account name OSCARS
Account Number 01833553
Sort Code 40-18-22
OSCARS is not responsible for any bank charges incurred.
All payments should clearly state your OSCARS account reference as indicated on your invoice, to ensure correct allocation of payment.
All bookings must be paid in full prior to your child’s first day at camp.
Terms & Conditions
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