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Holiday Clubs


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YMCA Essex, in conjunction with Active Essex, are delighted to be offering free holiday clubs for children aged 5 – 11, who are eligible for benefits-based free school meals, as well as children from working families who also require this additional support.

Our Clubs will focus on providing fun, physical and enrichment activities, as well as delivering an informative education on the benefits of healthy eating.

Plus, each child will receive a tasty, nutritious meal!

Find out more about Essex ActivAte and summer Holiday Clubs

We have 13 locations in Essex where we’ll be hosting our Clubs, including Chelmsford, Colchester, Clacton, Manningtree, St Osyth, Tiptree, Braintree, Heybridge, Theydon Bois and Brightlingsea. A full list of the locations can be found here:

YMCA Essex ActivAte Clubs

The following video will give you a great look at what our Holiday Clubs will be like.


Are you looking to work at one of our Holiday Clubs?

We are looking for Fun, Dynamic and Talented team members to help run and lead Holiday Clubs across Essex over the Summer Holidays. These exciting new Primary aged Holiday Clubs focus on being active and eating well and are for children who normally have access to free school meals.

  • Are you a team player?
  • Do you enjoy physical activity?
  • Do you want to make a difference?

We’re looking for people to join us at our Holiday Clubs and work in a friendly environment to provide fun activities for children!

The Holiday Clubs will run 5 hours per day, 9:30am – 2:30pm over summer and we are looking for a number of staff to fill these roles for all of our holiday club locations. If you’re looking for work, but not available for all 5 weeks, that’s fine – we will recruit based on people’s availability and understand that flexibility is key to getting the best quality of staff for these clubs.

There are three positions available:

  • Leader £13.38 per hour
  • Deputy £11.82 per hour
  • Associate £9.80 per hour

In these roles you will gain strong childcare knowledge and skills and you will have a great time being a part of giving every child a memorable and enjoyable experience. Your Club uniform and all training you will need will be provided.

If this sounds like your kind of position, please review our job descriptions for each Holiday Club role.

Lead Job Description

Deputy Job Description

Associate Job Description

If you’d like to apply, please complete the application form below, then send to us at: holidayclubs@ymcaessex.org.uk



YMCA Essex is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and all roles are subject to enhanced DBS and relevant employment checks.

Download Forms

Please note that completion and return of a booking form does not automatically assure your child of a place in our Nursery / Out of School Club / Holiday Club. Please also ensure that you speak to a member of the Childcare staff team.

Please click on the links below to download a form (.PDF):

Registration Forms

Registration form nursery

Registration form OOSC 2020/21


Prospectus 2020/21

Policies and Procedures

Parents policies & procedures – during Coronavirus
Standard Parents policies & procedures



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