Bath Area Play Project, operating since 1979, provides holiday playschemes across the city – mainly in areas where there is little, if anything, organised for play. Please see our History section for more information.
Today BAPP provide two different closed-access holiday play provisions serving two different communities in Bath. These are funded through contracts with B&NES Children’s Services which determine which areas we work in. Both are deemed a high priority as they support disabled children and their parents/carers to have a short break and are in the top priority for service provision for the local authority Children & Young People’s Plan.
Closed-access play provision
BAPP are commissioned to provide a range of services, all specifically for disabled children aged 3 - 5 and 5 – 19 years based at Three Ways School and one for disabled children aged 5 – 12 years based at the Hut and the SOFA programme for disabled young people aged 12+ years. These playschemes are for B&NES residents only and children must meet the Eligibility Criteria.
We work in partnership with Three Ways School, Fosse Way School, First Steps(BOP) and KIDS in order that there is specialised high quality play provision locally to where children and families live.
Closed-access means that children have to be pre-registered with BAPP and the setting has a pre-determined maximum number of children they can have attending one session (the capacity). You must book places in advance by completing a Booking Form and if you haven’t used BAPP before, you will also need to fill in a Registration Form. Information has to be provided by the child’s parent or carer about the child including contact details and details of any allergies.
Booking forms are usually sent out from the BAPP office 5-6 weeks prior to the play provision starting. There is limited transport provided to enable disabled children to access the play provision, many of whom come from across B&NES and not just in the immediate locality.
SOFA (Summer of Fun Activities 12+)
The very popular SOFA (Summer of Fun Activities) programme has been put together by young people. The programme is designed for disabled young people aged 12 – 19 years and will be well supported by qualified and a dedicated staff team.
The programme is designed to support young people who might otherwise be involved in less positive activities so if you work with a group of young people or an individual young person who you think would benefit from taking part, please tell them about SOFA! SOFA is an ideal social opportunity which is age appropriate and relevant to young people and for many being with peers during the long summer break, makes a huge difference to maintaining and building their self esteem and confidence levels.
For all play provision staff undergo rigorous training to ensure they are fully aware of their responsibilities; health & safety where staff undertake daily checks and risk assessments of activities; child protection where staff understand their responsibilities; disability awareness where staff develop understanding of inclusion and the social model of disability; behaviour management where they develop strategies for dealing with unacceptable behaviour. All play provision is staffed by qualified and experienced playworkers including Threeways staff who are all DBS Checked. There will always be a qualified first aider at each play provision who has undertaken a 12 hour Paediatric First Aid training.
Playworkers have a very clear role – to facilitate and support children at play; playwork is not about controlling or dictating what children should and shouldn’t do, it is about ensuring children have access to appropriate resources and equipment, that they have space for play and there are people available if they choose to play with someone else.
You must book places in advance by completing a Booking Form and, if you haven't used BAPP before, you will need to fill in a registration form.
All our play provision follows the 7 best play objectives which are:
This means that whilst there is no curriculum for play, no pre-conceived idea of what children should be doing or achieving, there is an understanding by the playwork profession that what we are providing for children is a range of experiences and opportunities for children to develop skills and confidence through play.