Funzone is our fully supervised holiday playscheme. The aim of the playscheme is to provide the best quality play opportunities for children aged 5 - 13 years during every school holiday, including Christmas and Teacher Training Days. We are open between 8am and 5:30. (Please note: Children aged 5 years old must have started Year 1 at school)
Children attend Funzone for many reasons including parents having to work, to make new friends, and to take part in a range of activities in a safe and supervised environment. Children are organised into two groups at Lings Forum, the Minis group (5-8 years) and the Juniors group (9-13 years). At Danes Camp children are organised in to one group (8-13 years), at Duston Sports Centre we run another two groups (5-8 and 9-13 years) and brand new is our Cripps Funzone for 5-13 years. Each group is lead by a Play Leader and supported by up to three assistants. The staff to child ratio for children aged under 8 is 1:9, children over the age of 8 will be supervised according to a 1:13 staff to child ratio. Please note: Children aged 5 years must have started Year 1 at School.
Funzone operates from a child led perspective, ensuring that children have access to not only planned activities, but also free play activities. Playworkers will encourage children to take part in activities of their choosing during Free Time, whilst we ensure that we have a wide variety of resources for them to do so including computer consoles, arts and craft materials, board games, reading books, role play props, big games, a football table plus much more. Children will be encouraged to undertake risky play of their choosing, including tree climbing and rough and tumble play, if this is what they desire. Playworkers will ensure that during these types of activities that children are safe, and the risk is minimised by undertaking full risk assessments of all activities and involving children in their own health and safety decisions.
See below for what parents think about our service …
“My son has had a great time – full of things to tell us about his day! One day he even got up really early to make sure he was up in time to come – he didn’t want to miss anything!! Thank you to all of the staff involved and well done for a great week!”
“All the staff are great, helpful and keep the children entertained all day long. Highly recommended!”
- To create an environment where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy lifelong involvement in sport, play and physical activities, alongside cultural opportunities, limited only by their own ambition and potential.
- To ensure that the services delivered are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to the needs of local people.
- To put the customer at the heart of everything the Trust does and ensure that it provides services that are excellent value for money and that are sustainable both now and in the future.
Funzone is available at four of our leisure centres:
Cripps Recreation Centre
Northampton General Hospital,
Cliftonville Road, Northampton,
Danes Camp Leisure Centre
Clannell Road , Hunsbury, Northampton , NN4 0RX
Duston Sports Centre
Cotswold Avenue, Duston, NN5 6EX
Lings Forum Leisure Centre
Billing Brook Road , Northampton , NN3 8JR
To make a booking simply visit or call the centre in which you would like your child to attend. A call operative will be happy to talk you though any questions you may have and process your booking. Payment is required at the time of booking. On your childs first day, you will be required to complete a further admission form. This admission form will remain in the safe keeping of the Play Leader and will remain in their presence all day. As we are able to utilisie the majority of the buildings that we occupy, and outdoor venues, it is imperative that staff have access to this information immediately. It is a parents / carers responsibility to ensure that all details including full medical history, and emergency contact details are correct.
Cripps Recreation Centre - 01604 634602
Danes Camp Leisure Centre – 01604 837200
Duston Sports Centre - 01604 837600
Lings Forum Leisure Centre – 01604 837300
Please note that payment must be made at the time of booking. Click on the link below to print our 2016 booking form. (Please note: Children aged 5 years must have started Year 1 at School)
Save time and complete an admissions form prior to attending Funzone. Click here for the form and bring along with you on the morning of your child's first day!
Click HERE for the latest dates and important terms and conditions.
Should it be necessary for you to cancel your child’s place on Funzone, you will receive a refund only if your cancellation request is on the day of booking (refunded using your original payment method).
Late Collection Fees:
All children must be collected at 5.30pm. Any child remaining in our care after this time will incur a late fee of £5 per child, payable immediately. It is imperative that you are on time to collect your child. Our Uncollected Child Policy will be actioned immediately for any children still in our care after 5.30pm.
Full fees are payable in the case of absence, or absence due to sickness. All other refund requests should be made in writing enclosing all booking details, and addressed to either Chris Serbyn at Lings Forum Leisure Centre, or Caitlin Devereux at Danes Camp Leisure Centre. These will be given at the discretion of the Play & Health Development Officers.
Payment can be made by cash, credit/debit cards or cheques made payable to Northampton Leisure Trust. Fees are payable upon booking.
We accept all childcare vouchers for Funzone at Danes Camp Leisure Centre, Duston Sports Centre and Lings Forum Leisure and will be happy to arrange payment by the company you use. We are currently undergoing the Ofsted registration for Cripps Recreation Centre and will be accepting childcare vouchers as soon as we have the EY reference number. Currently we are registered with the following:
When setting up your payment with your childcare voucher provider you will need to provide our Ofsted registration number for the relevant Funzone location your child is attending. These are:
- Lings Forum – EY429927
- Danes Camp – EY441184
- Duston Sports Centre – EY458219
- Cripps Recreaton Centre - EY492120
Full Week Bookings
£90 per week
£100 per week
£107 per week
£19 per day
£21 per day
£22 per day
Extended hours of 8:00-8:30am are now available at a price of £3 (30 minutes). All places must be booked 48 hours in advance. Please note bookings or walk ins will only be accepted if staff to child ratios allow. Bookable at reception.
For more information on our Junior Active Membership please click here
For more information on our leisure card please click here
Late Collection Fees:
All children must be collected at 5.30pm unless early or late collection has been arranged 48 hours prior to your child attending Funzone. Any child remaining in our care after this time will incur a late fee of £5 per child, payable immediately. It is imperative that you are on time to collect your child. Our Uncollected Child Policy will be actioned immediately for any children still in our care after 5.30pm.
Teacher Training Days:
We operate teacher training days at Lings Forum Leisure Centre and Duston Sports Centre only. Both these playschemes are open for children aged between 5-13 years old. (Please not children aged 5 MUST have started in year 1 at school)
Children at all four of our venues are able to take part in a varied programme of activities including daily swimming (8 + years at Lings, Cripps & Danes only) roller-skating, sports and games, bouncy castle, arts and crafts, computer consoles. The Forum Cinema is also used at Lings Forum and there is a Climbing Wall at Danes Camp. Duston Sports Centre has huge outdoor spaces to be enjoyed!
Easter Funzone Timetables:
Parents please ensure that you provide your child with:
A daily packed lunch, snacks and drinks (water bottles are best as these can be refilled).
Clothing suitable for messy play, outside play and spare clothing to change into if necessary.
Daily swimming kit for children aged 8 years plus only.
Sun cream and hats in the summer months.
Coats, hats and suitable outdoor footwear in the winter months
Please also note
- No mobile phones, cameras or devises with access to the internet are allowed at Funzone. If children do bring these items in, then Funzone staff will keep them safe and secured until children are signed out.
- Please do not pack lunch boxes with food products that contain nuts. We have a number of children with allergies and nuts could cause a significant risk.
Please see our full terms and conditions here.
Here is our employee handbook detailing our policies and procedures. If you have any further questions in regards to our Funzone policies please speak to the Playscheme Co-ordinator.
Danes Camp, Duston, Lings Forum and Cripps Funzone playschemes are registered with Ofsted. As Lings Forum, Cripps and Duston Sports Centre cares for children aged under 8 years, they are registered on the Compulsory Childcare Register and Danes Camp is registered on the Voluntary part of the Childcare Register.
Please click on the relevant link to view a case study about Funzone Supervised Holiday Childcare Scheme.