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A very warm welcome to all of our Year R children starting in September 2021 and their families. Thankyou for choosing Orchard Infant School. We will be in touch soon with next steps and information.

Early Bird Club

We regret that due to current COVID restrictions, requiring separate Year Group "Bubbles," we are unable to run our Early Bird Club at the present time. 

We will re-open the club as soon as the government guidelines allow.  Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.


Early Bird Club

The role of our Early Bird Club is to offer a “holistic” service with a person-centred ethos in a safe environment.  Our mains aims and priorities are to:-

  • Provide a healthy breakfast for the children in the scheme, to promote a good start to the day, which improves concentration and learning in class.
  • Assist in providing and supervising safe play activities for the children
  • Build self-esteem and confidence of children attending the club, by helping to develop relationships, both with peers and adults in an informal “family” environment.
  • Support parents who may wish to return to work or provide more flexibility in working hours for parents


When does the Early Bird Club run?

The Early Bird club runs Monday to Friday from 8.00am until 8.40am (except on Inset days when the club is closed). 

Children must arrive before 8.20am in order to receive breakfast.

What does it offer?

We offer child supervision and a breakfast of fruit juice, milk or water, cereal or toast and fresh fruit, to meets the Governments compulsory nutritional standards for schools.  Facilities for cleaning teeth are available if required.

Who can attend?

The Early Bird Club is open to children attending both Orchard Infant and Junior Schools.  Children attending from the Junior School will be escorted to the Junior School at the start of the school day.

How much does it Cost?

The cost is £3.40 per child per day, payable in advance.

How do I book?

Places must be booked and paid for a half term in advance as places are limited to comply with adult/child ratios.  Booking forms are sent out to children currently attending prior to the new term starting.  Booking forms are also available from the school office.  If you wish to attend on an ad hoc basis, please contact the school office to check availability.  No refunds/credits will be given for your child if they do not attend due to sickness or any other reason.

How do I pay?

Payment needs to be made at the time of booking.  We prefer online payments, however you can also pay at the school office by cash or a cheque made payable to “Hampshire County Council.”  Please ensure your payments are in clearly named and sealed envelopes.