Providing care and recreation for children between the ages of 4 and 14 years in need of care during out of school hours and school holidays is the number one purpose of the Dino out of School Club.
Dino out of school club has been in operation for over 25 years and through this time has continued to offer affordable out of school care for children, in a fun and stimulating environment run by fully trained and experienced staff. In recent months, the service has extended to neighbouring communities as a result of financial and staff cuts to services elsewhere.
Why is the service so important?
In short, without the Dino Club, the local economy would suffer; parents could face unemployment due to a lack of affordable childcare; parents would be less able to pursue further education without the childcare provision; some children would have very limited access to leisure activities during the holidays and the lack of affordable childcare could put a significant strain on extended family members who may have to fill that role.
At Dino, we recognise that childcare is not just about 'babysitting' children. The service promotes positive engagement to the children, with each other, the wider community, and with the resources we use, including outside the local area. The children have access to a range of indoor and outdoor activities such as games, arts and crafts, group work, trips, help with homework and even, sometimes, just time to relax and socialise. The club also provides snacks for the children which they all really enjoy!!
As some of our committee members were once (many moons ago) children who came to Dino, the recollection of fond memories of the club, and friendships made, is testament to the role the club has in supporting positive relationships and making 'good' memories. The Dino club that the children come to today will have a positive impact on them now, and into adulthood, as it has with many before.
The Dino out of school club situated in Newburgh, Fife has a positive reputation in the local community. With an estimated population of around 3000, Newburgh is a somewhat small community and Dino is the only childcare provider of its sort in the area. Without the provision of Dino, the community could be very different; parents may be forced into unemployment, facing hefty childcare bills, and children would have limited resources available to them during holiday times.
The children who attend Dino have positive relationships with each other and a sense of inclusion in their attendance at Dino. In recent months the Dino club has extended to neighbouring communities whose own childcare provisions have ceased to exist. Children from neighbouring communities have been welcomed by Newburgh’s children, and this extension has promoted the connectivity between communities.
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Who are we?
The Dino Club is a registered charity (SC041322). The running of the service is managed by a committee consisting of parents and grandparents of children who attend the club, and other adults with vested interest in the project. A handful of staff are employed by the committee including a full time childcare manager and full time practitioner. All staff at Dino are qualified as appropriate to their role and are registered with the Scottish Social Services Council and the PVG scheme.
The project relies on fees, donations and fundraising throughout the year to be able to function. A grant is provided by the local authority, however this has reduced significantly through time and barely covers one month of staff wages.
The Dino Club has fantastic support from parents and other people and services in the community through our regular fundraising activities which many of the children get involved in with great enthusiasm.
What will the money be spent on?
The Dino Club is committed to keeping fees as low as possible, working towards the relief of poverty by enabling families to boost their standard of living. With affordable childcare, parents can pursue employment and learning opportunities without fear of falling into hardship. The club was once able to offer discounted fees for sibling groups who used the service, however due to increased running costs, this has not been offered for some time. Extra money will be used to provide some form of discount to families in this situation.
Though Dino provides childcare for working parents, many of the children who attend Dino during school holidays do so as this may be the only access they have to trips and activities. Additional money will be spent in being able to offer free or discounted trips and sessions during the holidays to children who may go without otherwise.
In the interest of equality and fair distribution of funds, it may be that if we exceed our target we could introduce a scheme for all families!