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Holiday Clubs

Thank you for your interest in our YMCA Essex ActivAte Holiday Clubs. 

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

Our Clubs focussed on providing fun, physical and enrichment activities, as well as delivering an informative education on the benefits of healthy eating. Plus, each child received a tasty, nutritious meal!

If you would like to book please email holidayclubs@ymcaessex.org.uk or phone 01245355677

The following video will give you a great look at what our Holiday Clubs are 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 school 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?

There are four positions available:

  • Leader £13.00
  • Deputy £11.50
  • Associate £10.90
  • Chefs £11.50

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.

We are looking for Leaders who have experience of working with large groups of children in a variety of settings, who have a passion for inclusivity and safety, and who can motivate a team of staff members throughout the weeks.

We are looking for Deputies who can support the leads on day-to-day tasks, be responsible for managing behaviour and keep the days as exciting and fun as possible for the children.

We are looking for energetic Associates who can ensure the children’s day is fun filled throughout the day!

We are also looking for Chefs to work at each of our settings.

This summer 2023 we have 7 settings:

  • Braintree Sport and Health
  • Drapers Farm Sports Club, Heybridge
  • St Luke’s Church School, Tiptree
  • Brightlingsea Community Centre
  • Larkrise Primary School, Chelmsford
  • St James’ Primary School, Colchester
  • St Stephen’s Church, Colchester

Clubs take place 10am – 2pm. 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 OOSC


Prospectus 2020/21



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