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  • Camp Glide this October Half Term Holidays: Join us this October, BOOK NOW!
    • Our Venues: Wray Common, Chipstead Valley and Westvale Park
  • Early Bird Discount: Book and pay by 15th September
  • Next Half-Term Time Booking: Going live on 13th October at Midday
  • What we are doing to keep everyone safe: Information about our control measures
  • Booking and self-isolation: Please choose from our flexibility options carefully

Join us this October, BOOK NOW! 

Booking is NOW LIVE for October Half Term 2021. We’ve got a fantastic line up of activities prepared to make this the greatest holiday ever! This Half Term will be our great SPOOKTACULAR. With lots of fun and friendly seasonal activities.It’s great news that the COVID situation is improving. We will be following the latest government guidance which we recognise may change before Half Term. We will do our best to react to and communicate any changes to our provision.

At Camp Glide we will be offering our more flexible service. We will be offering our breakfast club, regular days and half days.

Wray Common – Chipstead Valley – Westvale Park

We are super excited to announce that we will be running from THREE venues this Half Term!

Prices are available on our website. Each venue will be operating slightly differently. Please click the venue above for more information.

Book and pay before by 15th September

Benefit from our Early Bird Discount by placing and paying for your Holiday booking by 15th September 2021. Our Early Bird Discount is already applied. Early Bird Discount cannot be used with any other discount.

Going live on 13th October at Midday
Sessions for November and December at our before and after school clubs will go live on our website on 13th October at approximately midday.

Some information about our control measures

We are extremely excited to be re-opening at Camp Glide. We are committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible. We have implemented extra measures in order for this to happen..

Please see our COVID policy for more details. Here are some key details:

  • We will be using appropriate space and good ventilation at Camp Glide
  • Additional infection control measures
  • Rigorous cleaning at our settings
  • Extra hand washing
  • Education on respiratory hygiene
  • Engagement with test, track and trace
  • Staff engagement with regular testing programmes
We look forward to welcoming everyone back, and those new to Camp Glide. Thank you for your continued support.

Please choose from our flexibility options carefully
We appreciate the concerns of uncertainty, especially in regards to isolation. Camp Glide offers an option giving you 24hrs notice to cancel (and receive a refund) or amend your booking. Please choose carefully when making your booking and make the right choice for you. Unfortunately, we cannot provide a refund, credit or amend a booking unless the correct notice period is given. This includes if a child or parent is self-isolating for any reason.We have different flexibility options if your plans are uncertain. There is more about our terms and conditions on our website.

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Reigte/Redhill  –  October 25th to 29th  –  School aged children (4yrs* to 12yrs old)

Join us at our Wray Common Holiday club this Holiday. We’ve got an action packed line up including CRAZY science experiments, Halloween Parties and Dress Up! Swimming will be an option everyday. *4 year olds must already be attending reception. (i.e. new reception starters can join Camp Glide at this venue for the first time in October Half Term).

We have a few different PODs this Holiday. Please consult with your child and pick the right POD for you.

Children will be all together for the extended parts of our day before moving into their POD ready for 9am. Children will do clinics and free play activities, swimming and lunch in their POD. All Camp Activities will mean that children from different PODs will have the opportunity to spend time with one another.Pod: Traditional Camp – Free Focus (All age groups)
A programme suited to children that like to have more choice in what they do. This pod offers lots of free play, child-led games and activities; there will still be some structure. We find that, generally, our younger campers tend to prefer this less-structured day, although the activities will be appropriate and fun for all ages.

Pod: Traditional Camp – Action Stations (All age groups)
A programme for children that enjoy camp’s structured activities. Campers will enjoy a day full of activities with rules and instruction, although there will still be some down time and free play to enjoy. This pod is best suited for children who get excited about structured games and activities (and don’t get too fed up with lots of instruction).

Pod: Sports Stars (All age groups)
A full day of energetic and exciting sports activities. There will be loads on offer including: rounders, cricket, netball, football as well as active games and more!

Pod: Soccer School (All age groups)
A full fun day of football skills, drills and games! Please remember to bring appropriate footwear and shin pads to participate fully.



Coulsdon  –  October 25th to 29th  –  School aged children (4yrs* to 12yrs old)

Join us at our Chipstead Valley club this Holiday. We’ve got an action packed line up including CRAZY science experiments, Halloween Parties and Dress Up! Swimming will be an option everyday. *4 year olds must already be attending reception. (i.e. new reception starters can join Camp Glide at this venue for the first time in October Half Term).

We have a few different PODs this Holiday. Please consult with your child and pick the right POD for you.

Children will be all together for the extended parts of our day before moving into their POD ready for 9am. Children will do clinics and free play activities, swimming and lunch in their POD. All Camp Activities will mean that children from different PODs will have the opportunity to spend time with one another.Pod: Traditional Camp – Free Focus (All age groups)
A programme suited to children that like to have more choice in what they do. This pod offers lots of free play, child-led games and activities; there will still be some structure. We find that, generally, our younger campers tend to prefer this less-structured day, although the activities will be appropriate and fun for all ages.

Pod: Traditional Camp – Action Stations (All age groups)
A programme for children that enjoy camp’s structured activities. Campers will enjoy a day full of activities with rules and instruction, although there will still be some down time and free play to enjoy. This pod is best suited for children who get excited about structured games and activities (and don’t get too fed up with lots of instruction).



Horley –  July 26th to August 27th  –  Nursery and School aged children (2yrs to 12yrs old)

Join us at our NEW Westvale Park club this summer. We’ve got an action packed line up including CRAZY science experiments, Halloween Parties and Dress Up!

Please book your child into the correct POD based on your child’s age.

We have a few different PODs this October half term.Pod No1: Camp Glide MINIs! Nursery aged children

This pod is for Nursery aged children (2, 3 and 4 years old) This includes children about to start reception in September 2022.

We have a fantastic early years team ready to provide care for your child. Please note that food and other consumables are not included in the price of our session.

We hope to be accepting free early years entitlement soon.

Pod 2: Camp Glide: Traditional Camp (Children in current reception upwards to year 6)

Take part in our traditional camp programme. We will have a mixture of structured and free play activities including: games, sports, arts and crafts, drama our bouncy castle and more!



Camp Glide has a few exciting opportunities for committed and enthusiastic childcare professionals looking to develop their leadership skills in the childcare sector. Learn more and apply on our website: campglide.co.uk/join-our-team.

Holiday Clubs

Camp Glide’s multi-activity day camps provide action-packed and affordable childcare during the school holidays for school-aged children.

Now taking bookings for October Half Term 2021.

Learn more »

School Clubs

Camp Glide’s before and after school clubs provide fun-filled and affordable childcare during the school term.

Booking for Autmun Term 2 opens Wednesday 13th October at approx midday!

Learn more »

Launching in the Autumn Term 2021, our weekly Parent & Toddler Forest School will offer children aged 0-5 years the opportunity to have fun outdoors and develop a connection with the natural world.

Mini Acorns Forest School will take place in our own woodland. Activities include nature-inspired crafts, den building, rope swings, mud kitchen and campfires. Sessions will be facilitated by our Level 3 qualified Forest School Leaders and Nursery Teachers, however children must be accompanied by an adult or carer.

Visit our page to find out more and book your place: https://www.copthorneprep.co.uk/admissions/mini-acorns-forest-school-toddler-morning/

Local drama teacher, Ian Brown, has continued to keep children engaged throughout each lockdown by providing online drama classes. Ian, Principal of Helen O’Grady Drama Academy in Croydon and his team have successfully continued to inspire their students throughout the duration of this pandemic, adapting to online delivery to ensure their students still had access to social interaction, positivity and continuity at a time when we have been limited in the activities we can access.

Ian moved his classes online almost immediately, allowing his students to interact and socialise at a time when families were safe at home and schools closed. This was gratefully received by parents and students alike:

‘The online drama classes with their uplifting activities made a positive change to the daily routine. That has proved to be very important for her mental well-being as well. Helen O’Grady Drama Academy gives the children a positive attitude towards life and its possibilities’

Each week the laughter, enjoyment and element of normality to the weekly schedule allows everyone to keep smiling:

‘I would like to say how much I look forward to our online drama classes each week. Especially during these times of lock down. They have given me a sense of purpose and normality and also something to focus on’

Ian and his team love being able to connect with the students each week, hearing their laughter and enjoyment and seeing their beaming smiles! We might not have been able to gather in venue for a while but we have still offered a weekly dose of imagination, socialisation, interaction and FUN!

With a covid-safe return to the classroom set for April, there is no better time to book a free trial! For more information, click here.













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7 Tips to Instil a Love of Math in Your Child

The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted the education of millions of students across the country and progressing in maths has proved to be a particular struggle, according to national and local data.

There are many causes for this decline in mathematics grades, according to Patrick Quinn, a Parenting Expert at Brainly, the world’s largest online learning community used by over 350 million students, parents, and teachers monthly.

Here are seven tips for parents to get their kids excited about math and encourage them to use it on a daily basis:

1 PLAY MATHS GAMES AT HOME: There are many games your child can play that involve maths. Beginning in the early years, students can learn to enjoy maths by playing games such as chess, dominoes, cribbage, checkers, Set, Monopoly, Yahtzee, and backgammon. From there, they can move onto more challenging maths games like Sudoku, which is perfect for middle-schoolers.

2  READ BOOKS THAT INCORPORATE MATHS: More and more schools are starting to integrate diverse subject areas into the curriculum so that students can make clearer connections. But how do you include maths in a history or English class? One way is to read books in which the main characters solve a problem using math or logic. Find examples here.

3 TAKE AN INTEREST IN YOUR KIDS’ MATHS HOMEWORK: Begin each maths homework session by asking your child to explain what they’re supposed to do. By his or her response, you’ll know if they can do the assignment alone or if they need help. If you’re not able to help your child with the maths homework, find an online learning resource that can provide straightforward, step-by-step walkthroughs.

4 FIND OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR CHILD USE MATHS EVERY DAY: Encourage your child to solve problems involving maths outside of school. When you are shopping, travelling and saving to buy a special toy.

5 BUY A CONVERSION CHART: It’s an easy way to engrain the conversion tables of kilometres to miles, grams to ounces, or litres to gallons. They’re skills that don’t come up often but are extremely handy to know.

6 BE AN EXAMPLE: Many adults say they hated maths in school, according to national polls. If you are one of them, be careful that you don’t communicate that attitude to your child. It can cause maths anxiety, which sadly is contagious.

7 POINT OUT THE MATHS IN EVERYDAY LIFE: From working out how many ounces are in a cup while baking a cake to working out how long it will take to visit a relative, you can show your child that maths is everywhere around them. You can also point out the importance of maths in almost every walk of life. These small acknowledgments can make a difference and even get your child excited about maths!

The current pandemic has brought ‘empathy’ into public discourse more than ever before – Kamala Harris walking on to the winning stage with ‘The people have chosen empathy’ as a  backdrop; and Marcus Rashford showing empathy for hungry children and putting this into action with his food poverty campaign.

So it is timely that not-for-profit organisation EmpathyLab have revealed their 2021 Read For Empathy book collection after an expert judging panel weighed up hundreds of publisher submissions to select 50 of the very best contemporary empathy-boosting books for 4-16 year olds.

The aim is for schools, libraries, families and community groups to use the books to help raise a generation with strong empathy skills.

Read for empathy books for children aged 4-11

Picture books
Hello, Friend! Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan Children’s Books
Umbrella Elena Arevalo Melville, Scallywag Press
The Suitcase Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, Nosy Crow
Tibble and Grandpa Wendy Meddour & Daniel Egnéus, Oxford University Press
Felix After the Rain Dunja Jogan, translator Olivia Hellewell, Tiny Owl
Maia and What Matters Tine Mortier & Kaatje Vermeire, translator David Colmer, Book Island
Clean Up! Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola, Puffin
Ride the Wind Nicola Davies & Salvatore Rubbino, Walker Books
Once Upon a Dragon’s Fire Beatrice Blue, Frances Lincoln
The Lost Homework Richard O’Neill & Kirsti Beautyman, Child’s Play
How to Change the World Rashmi Sirdeshpande & Annabel Tempest, Puffin
Rain Before Rainbows Smriti Halls & David Litchfield, Walker Books

Early readers
The Boy in the Jam Jar Joyce Dunbar, illustrator John Shelley, Bloomsbury Education
Too Small Tola Atinuke, illustrator Onyinye Iwu, Walker Books
Five Ways to Make a Friend Gillian Cross, illustrator Sarah Horne, Barrington Stoke

Belonging Street Mandy Coe, Otter-Barry Books
Bright Bursts of Colour Matt Goodfellow, illustrator Aleksei Bitskoff, Bloomsbury Education
Poems Aloud Joseph Coelho & Daniel Gray-Barnett, Wide-Eyed Editions
This Rock, That Rock Dom Conlon & Vivianne Schwarz, Troika Books

Graphic novel
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy Rey Terciero & Bre Indigo, Little Brown

The Space We’re In Katya Balen, illustrator Laura Carlin, Bloomsbury Children’s Books
The Time of Green Magic Hilary McKay, Macmillan Children’s Books
The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates Jenny Pearson, illustrator Rob Biddulph, Usborne
Talking to the Moon S. E. Durrant, Nosy Crow
A Kind of Spark Elle McNicoll, Knights Of Media
Freedom Catherine Johnson, Scholastic
The Star Outside My Window Onjali Q. Raúf, Orion Children’s Books
The Faraway Truth Janae Marks, Chicken House 
Windrush Child Benjamin Zephaniah, Scholastic
The Taylor Turbochaser David Baddiel, HarperCollins 

Read for empathy books for young people aged 12-16

Tin Boy Steve Cole, illustrator Oriol Vidal, Barrington Stoke
The Last Paper Crane Kerry Drewery, illustrator Natsko Seki, Hot Key Books
Eight Pieces of Silva Patrice Lawrence, Hodder Children’s Books
I Was Born for This Alice Oseman, HarperCollins
The Gone Book Helena Close, Little Island Books
And the Stars Were Burning Brightly Danielle Jawando, Simon & Schuster
On the Come Up Angie Thomas, Walker Books
A House Without Walls Elizabeth Laird, Macmillan Children’s Books
Chinglish Sue Cheung, Andersen Press
Scavengers Darren Simpson, Usborne
Boy, Everywhere A. M. Dassu, Old Barn Books

Graphic novel
When Stars Are Scattered Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed, Faber

Short stories
Look Both Ways Jason Reynolds, Knights Of Media

Clouds Cannot Cover Us Jay Hulme, Troika Books
A Hurricane in my Head Matt Abbott, Bloomsbury Education
The Undefeated Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson, Andersen Press
The Missing Michael Rosen, Walker Books

Verse novels
Gloves Off Louisa Reid, Guppy Books
Run, Rebel Manjeet Mann, Penguin Books
Clap When You Land Elizabeth Acevedo, Hot Key Books

This year’s Empathy Day is on 10 June – make sure you put it in the diary! To find out more click here.

New employability programme provides support for local job seekers

A new programme has been launched across the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) region to support local people progress to job search readiness or move into paid employment.

The Making a Difference Programme is a three-year European Social Fund match funded programme delivering support to people living in the Coast to Capital region, which includes East Surrey, Sussex, and Croydon.

The programme, which will be delivered by Education Development Trust, has seen the first participants join. Each participant in the programme will receive support from their Making a Difference Employment Coach at regular intervals for up to four months, with the frequency of the intervention and the type of activities undertaken to be determined by agreement with their Employment Coach, tailored to their individual needs.

There are many different activities designed specifically to benefit the participant, from workshops covering CV’s and interview skills, through to taster days with local employers. In addition, there will be regular employment events, such as jobs fairs and roadshows showcasing different sectors, run across the region and open to all.

If you are interested in finding out more about the programme, please contact the Making a Difference team on 01329 559177, or email [email protected]

You can also follow the Making a Difference programme via Twitter at @employ_support and via Facebook @EmploySupport

  • Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November 2020
  • 9am to 5pm on 21st and 9am to 4pm on 22nd
  • South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex

The South of England Agricultural Society is delighted to announce that its ever-popular Winter Fair will return to the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex, on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November 2020.

The Society and it’s Showground have been deemed ‘Good to Go’ by Visit England and so the weekend event, will run from 9am – 5pm on 21st and 9am – 4pm on 22nd November all within government guidelines to ensure the safety of all visitors. With this in mind, certain elements of the Winter Fair will vary to adhere to Covid-19 safety measures. However, firm favourites remain, and the event will offer the perfect opportunity to get the Christmas preparations sorted whilst enjoying a festive family day out.

Visitors can shop till they drop with a plethora of artisan goodies from local, independent traders. For food and drink lovers, there’s mouth-watering gin liqueurs, homemade jams and chutneys, gourmet pies, cheeses, wines and handmade Christmas puddings and chocolates.
For those looking for unique gifts and stocking fillers there’s everything from wooden toys, artwork, jewellery, lovingly produced leather and cashmere fashion, to natural soap, grooming gift sets, stunning home accessories, Christmas decorations and more.

It’s not just about the shopping though; families are sure to enjoy the live music, festive entertainment, and of course the traditional funfair.

For the protection of everyone at the event, tickets to the Winter Fair 2020 will be limited and should be booked here before arrival to ensure entry, and to avoid queues. Tickets are available from seas.org.uk and cost £6.75 for adults and £5.85 for senior citizens/students (inclusive of 10% online discount until 20.11.20). Under 16s go free.

Corinna Keefe writes: Most children have now been out of school for months. And while the summer holidays stretch ahead, it’s still unclear what school will look like in September. Many of us have turned to digital teaching to fill the gap — but online classes are a new experience for children, parents and teachers too. If you’re new to the world of online learning, here are six tips to help your kids get the most out of online courses and activities.

1. Make space for learning
If you’re working from home at the moment, you’ve probably already heard this tip. It’s easier to concentrate when you have a clean, quiet space that is devoted to work. This helps to put you into the right mind-set.

However, it’s not always easy to find space, especially in a busy family home. So if you don’t have enough home office space to accommodate everyone, what can you do instead?

The key is to create a learning atmosphere. Experiment with different ways of signalling that this is ‘school time’. Some children find it easier to focus when they go through the process of putting on school uniform and arranging their school books. Others might prefer visual clues, like setting a clock for the duration of study time, or putting up a sign. In my house, my sister puts a stuffed dinosaur on guard outside her door when she wants to concentrate!

If your child is very active, or likes to learn by doing, then you can try creating a learning space with a warm-up activity. This is when you have a ritual that always signals the start of study time. You could do some deep breathing exercises together or a quick burst of jumping jacks. Younger children might enjoy a ‘study song’ with actions.

Here’s a very simple example, and I apologise in advance because it’s a bit of an earworm!

2. Create your own schedule
Just because children go to school from nine till three, that doesn’t mean they’re sitting at their desks studying all that time. They have breaks. They travel between classrooms. They spend a truly astonishing amount of time getting out their books, sharpening pencils, looking for their coats and squabbling about where to sit.

So you should absolutely not be aiming for a solid 6 hours of learning a day. You also don’t have to stick to standard school hours. If your child is always full of beans in the morning, or likes to read in the evenings, use those natural tendencies.

3. Mix high and low energy activities
On-screen videos and games have an amazing ability to catch, and hold, children’s attention. But one of the difficulties with online learning is that it doesn’t reflect a normal class.

Over the course of a normal lesson, teachers will try to vary the activities on offer. This is especially true for small children, who can usually concentrate for about 15 minutes before they need a change. Back in the classroom, their teacher wouldn’t encourage them to watch a tablet for a few hours. Instead, they’d alternate reading time with outdoor activities, hands-on projects, games and classroom discussion.

The same thing is true for older children and teenagers. Although their attention spans are a bit longer, they still need variety and a mix of high and low energy activities. So they could alternate watching video classes with taking notes, trying practical experiments or building scientific models, getting some exercise between lessons, and explaining what they’ve learnt to someone else.

If this all sounds a bit abstract, try thinking of it in terms of the five senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. Ideally, your child should use every one of those senses over the course of the day — for example, listening to an online class, using their hands for a craft activity, reading a book, and tasting or smelling a science experiment in the kitchen. Don’t worry if you don’t take in all five senses every single day; this is just to get you thinking about how to vary activities and keep your kids interested.

4. Avoid screen fatigue
Learning with all five senses is a nice idea; but, in practice, a lot of online learning depends on watching videos and attending video calls. How can you make sure your child is getting the most out of those sessions?

Video classes present several challenges. First of all, there’s no teacher in the room to call your child to attention or keep them on task. Children are also just as vulnerable as adults to ‘Zoom fatigue’, and they may find it difficult to sit up at a screen for long periods of time.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to help. Many children find it easier to listen for long periods if they have something to do with their hands: try giving them a Rubik’s cube, a heap of LEGO bricks, or a pencil and paper. While they are doodling or building away, their minds will still be working on the content of the lesson. Older children and teens will also benefit from this trick. If they don’t like the idea of toys, they can take notes or draw mind maps while they listen.

You can also help children by putting their classes into context. For example, if you want to work on reading skills, choose books which are relevant to the summer holidays, your child’s favourite activities or surroundings. Let them learn about science in the context of helping to cook dinner, or watching wildlife in the park.

5. Keep going
Once you’ve found a schedule that works for you and your family, try to stick to it. Most young children like to have a routine or be told the plan for the day. What’s more, consistency and repetition are an important part of learning.

We’ve all met a child who likes to watch the same film over and over again, read the same story every night, or sing the same song until it drives you crazy. One reason for this is that they’re learning. Even if you’re sick of Baby Shark, rest assured that your child is getting something valuable out of it.

If you want to encourage your child to remember or use something they’ve learnt, try to encourage this kind of repetition. Ask them to draw a picture about what they’ve read, explain the lesson to you or tell you a story about it. This works for older kids and teens too: challenge them to explain a new idea to you or make an explainer video about it.

6. Take the pressure off
Finally, don’t forget that we are in the summer holidays! You and your children deserve a break. Don’t worry too much about catching up on missed school time: everybody’s in the same position, after all.
If you’re spending time together and enjoying lots of different activities, then your child will still be learning new skills and taking on new information.

Corinna Keefe is a freelance writer and former teacher specialising in education, technology, digital marketing and online media. Discuss this article with her on Twitter.


Our plan for playgrounds

Following the latest government guidance, we’re preparing for a phased reopening of our play areas and outdoor gyms from the end of next week. We know that these spaces are hugely important to children and families living in Reigate & Banstead and we’re looking forward to welcoming people back safely.

Our Greenspaces team is working hard behind the scenes to assess all 48 of our play areas and outdoor gyms and putting safety measures in place. We’ll start by opening some of our smaller play areas and are hoping to open some of our larger play areas over the coming weeks.

On Friday 10 July, the following play areas and outdoor gyms will reopen:

  • Field Bank, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9EH
  • Flint Close, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9QE
  • Peppiatt Close, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9FR
  • Whittaker Drive North, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9FB
  • Whittaker Drive South, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9TN
  • Common Road Earlswood, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6HG
  • Abinger Drive, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6ST
  • Somerset Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6LS
  • Woodhatch Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7PA
  • South Park Recreation Ground, Whitehall Lane, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LZ
  • East Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 9EX
  • Battlebridge Recreation Ground, Frenches Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 2JE
  • Subrosa Drive, Merstham, Surrey, RH1 3LY
  • Brook Road, Malmstone Avenue, Merstham, Surrey, RH1 3NE
  • Howards Close Recreation Ground, Walton on the hill, Surrey, KT20 7QF
  • Beecholm Recreation Ground, Osier Way, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 1LL
  • Woodmansterne Recreation Ground, Woodmansterne Street, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3NL
    Lakers Rise (play area and fitness equipment), Chipstead Way, Woodmansterne, Surrey, SM7 3LQ
  • Chipstead Meads, High Road, Chipstead, Surrey, CR5 3SB
  • Maple Way, Hooley, Surrey, CR5 3RN
  • Hogden Bottom Recreation Ground, Chipstead Lane, Lower Kingswood, Surrey, KT20 6RE
  • Preston Park (play area and Fitness equipment), Preston Manor Road, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5FB
  • Kingswood Recreation Ground (play area and Fitness equipment), Buckland Road, Lower Kingswood, Surrey, KT20 7DN
  • Tattenham Way Recreation Ground, Burgh Heath, Surrey, KT20 5NQ

The safety of all those using the facilities is our top priority so we’ll be introducing a range of new measures that all visitors will need to follow:

  • If you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please DO NOT visit any of our parks, play areas or outdoor gyms. You must self-isolate and book a test at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
  • Reminders about social distancing will be displayed. Please follow these and encourage your children to do so, too. We ask that only one parent/guardian accompanies their child/children during their visit to the play area.
  • New maximum capacity recommendations will be displayed at the entrance to each play area and on some pieces of equipment. Please respect these capacity recommendations. They are there for your family’s safety and for the safety of other park users.
  • Some pieces of equipment will unfortunately be out of action as social distancing is simply not possible when these are in use. These will be clearly marked.
  • We ask all visitors to continue regularly washing or sanitising their hands before, during, and after their visit to the playground.
  • For the safety of everyone, consumption of food or drink on play equipment or in the playground area is currently prohibited.
  • If you’re visiting one of our outdoor gyms, please follow the one-way system marked around the site. Please follow social distancing measures and continue with regular handwashing.

Cllr Natalie Bramhall, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services said: “We’re really glad to be able to see these spaces begin to reopen as we know how much they’ve been missed by children in the borough. To make sure we can keep playgrounds open, we need everyone to play their part and stick to these new guidelines when using the spaces. We know this can be difficult with little ones, but we encourage everyone to play as safely and as considerately as possible.”

Please keep an eye on our website and social media feeds for further announcements about the remaining play areas.

For more information on the new guidance, visit www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/coronavirus. For details about our borough parks and playground, visit https://www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/playareas