“I think all team members are amazing and doing an excellent job – from big smiles at drop off to chatty conversations at collections – I cannot fault anybody at all.

The kids are trying to wake up super early on Monday – Wed when they are coming to the breakfast club because they want to spend as much time as possible before school.

I have to name Katy though, as she is always willing to help, is a great communicator and is very understanding. Again, this term, she has managed to keep Henry on track when he had wobbles and created such a safe environment for him, which has had a positive impact on his behaviour. Henry can be challenging, but Katy has worked him out. She offers cuddles when he most needs them, and, as we cannot be there, I appreciate the gesture even more. Knowing that his emotional needs are met is most important to us, and I cannot thank Katy enough.

I cannot fault anyone or anything. I wish you had opened a lot earlier at UPS.”

Jana Bahr
Urmston Primary

“Freddie joined this term after starting Reception at the end of September. He did go to a B and A school club at his previous school but never really settled and was always a bit anxious about going.

School of Play has been nothing but a fantastically positive experience. From the warm welcome we received from Katy when we had a visit, to his excited little face when we drop him off in the morning. He absolutely loves it! And we are so impressed – from the care and security systems to the lovely staff and wealth of fun activities. He even did French this week! Thank you to all the staff for keeping Fred safe, fed and happy…and for making going back to work after mat leave that little bit easier.”

Liz Walker
Urmston Primary

“Settling Forrest in so unbelievably immediately, helping Elizabeth progress, just giving them such a happy, safe space, honestly can’t tell you how much it means to us to drop them off at such a wonderful place.

Every single one of you gets mentioned at home, and you all answer the door with such wonderful big smiles and enthusiasm. Just exceptional as ever.”

Becci Duggan
Urmston Primary

“Incredibly friendly and enthusiastic staff, who make Alfie feel so comfortable and excited when attending wraparound care.

Alfie’s face lights up when Ashlea opens the door in the mornings, and he regularly talks about Sophie and Katy and what he has done with them throughout the morning/after school.

Such an outstanding service with committed staff that go above and beyond for both children and parents. We’re so lucky to have School of Play in our area.”

Sharon McCarthy
Urmston Primary

“We just wanted to write to say a massive thank you to the School of Play staff at Urmston Primary School After-school Club. 

My daughter, Lydia attended on an ad hoc basis during her final school year. We have used quite a few of the childcare providers in Urmston & have to say that School of Play have been by far the best. Easy booking system & competitively priced. The staff are so friendly, kind and enthusiastic. They seem really interested in the kids and in ensuring they enjoy themselves. Time always made to feedback & have a chat at pick up. Special shout out to Ashlea & Elinor in particular- Lydia loved you guys! 

We would not hesitate to recommend School of Play to other parents. Thanks again for allowing us to feel secure in the knowledge that Lydia was content & being well looked after on those occasions we needed after school care.”

Mireille & Dave Freeman
Urmston Primary

“Luke has really enjoyed this breakfast club and is usually shy. Everyone has helped him settle in and helped his confidence.

Everyone has been great, but Ashlea has been the team member I have had the most interaction with. She has been fantastic with Luke and has always kept me up to date on his activities and day to day behaviour. Ashlea always goes out of her way to make Luke feel welcome and happy.

Thank you to everyone for all their hard work over the past year.”

Katie Williams
Urmston Primary School

“I’d read about School of Play before my children started, and I thought it looked really good. I thought my children would enjoy it, and they do.

We have only had two weeks so far, and I know covid has restricted what activities are available, but so far, my children have really enjoyed it. They’re happy to go straight in and are not clingy, which shows me how happy they must be.

I know they will love the after school club in September. Thank you.”


“My daughter has absolutely loved going to the club. The ladies that work there are just fantastic and an absolute credit to your company – especially Katy, who is Alexis favourite lady.

Alexis took to Katy right away. She has understood Alexis straight from the start and is just brilliant with her. I’m really, really happy with the service provided for Alexis.”

Janice Bailey

“Edward’s only been to a few sessions, but he’s loved everyone – especially trying new sports and mixing with kids from other classes. We will definitely be sending him back, he loves it!”

Jill Gubbins

“Vivienne is with you on a regular basis, and she is forever doing new, different and entertaining activities. She genuinely enjoys herself, and we know she is in more than capable hands. Vivienne really connected with Ashlea during last summer, and this has continued through the 20/21 school year. The whole team work so well with the kids and provide a ray of sunshine. Always good, but more so during C-19. I think you’re setting the standard for childcare.”

Colin Askew
Urmston Primary

“My 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter love School of Play. So much so, my daughter regularly asks if she can go just because!

As a parent, it’s so wonderful to be able to send my children to a breakfast and after school club, where I have no doubt they will be well looked after whilst having a great time! 

The staff are so kind, and nothing is too much. I would recommend School of Play to any other parent. Thank you to all the staff for being so passionate about your jobs and going the extra mile for both of my children.”

Chrissie Roberts
Urmston Primary

“I was worried about moving Elizabeth to a new wraparound care club after so much upheaval already this year, but I am pleased I did. She loves coming to School of Play and enjoys every day there.

She adores the staff and they always seem so friendly. The setup and activities are fantastic, with some really fun special days organised. A really lovely club. Thank you.”

Rebecca Duggan
Urmston Primary

“He absolutely loves it. When asked Grayson what marks out of 10, he said “infinity”. He absolutely loves it and is always disappointed when we arrive to collect him. What we really appreciate about the club is that activities are so varied and really well organised so children always feel involved and included (and aren’t watching screens)”

Rachel Gray
Urmston Primary

“Our four year old has been going to after school club since September, and he absolutely loves it! He settled in so quickly and always comes out with a smile on his face. The activities have been varied… Science shows, treasure hunts, crafts and games. He’s looking forward to the upcoming creepy-crawly show!

The staff are brilliant at what they do! Whenever we come to pick him up, it’s always “too soon”, which says all you need to know about how much fun he’s having. Everyone is so enthusiastic, encouraging and friendly, and they often go out of their way to say hello even on the days he’s not attending. This seems a small thing, but it makes a huge difference and really gives a sense of belonging, which during this strange time is so needed.

Any queries we’ve had have always been responded to really quickly, and everyone is so helpful. We couldn’t ask for more and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!”

Stephanie Young
Urmston Primary

“Feedback from Henry – nothing at school of play is bad. I really like the golden snowflake fidget spinner and playing pool. Henry can’t get out of the door fast enough in the morning! He really enjoys it. I love that he’s always too hot to wear a coat on the way home because he’s been running around so much. The staff are all really friendly too.”

Rachel Cartwright
Urmston Primary

“Daisy is always happy to be dropped off and disappointed when I collect too early, which tells me she’s more than happy. Katy has helped Daisy settle in really well. That makes me extremely satisfied. Thank you!”

Kym Jones
Urmston Primary

“School of Play is an absolute godsend for me as a working parent. My daughter attends after school and holiday clubs, and the quality of staff and activities are always excellent.

The booking system is so simple, and a big advantage is that you are able to book flexibly instead of having to book set days.

As a business, they are always striving to better themselves by actively seeking and responding to parent feedback and suggestions. Myself and my daughter would highly recommend it, which is reflected in the ‘Why did you collect me early’ comments I continuously receive. Thank you so much, and keep up the amazing work.”

Chelsea Beck-Daniel
Urmston Primary

“The team at the school always have a smile when welcoming children to the group. Ashlea and Katy always double-check that Joel is ok and make him feel really welcome. All staff that I have dropped my son off to have been really friendly. My son really enjoys his time at the breakfast club.”

Heather Agboola
Urmston Primary

“All of the staff have been friendly and approachable. Ashlea has been brilliant; she’s always enthusiastic and has built a lovely caring relationship with Barney. He thinks she’s very cool!

Special events like the mobile creepy crawly and treasure hunts are a highlight. The Scalextric is a favourite, too, alongside craft activities.”

Vicki Foreman
Urmston Primary

“It has been absolutely fantastic to have the offer of wraparound care available to us if required and the yoga sessions are a great offer.

Thank you for keeping in touch and keep up the excellent work!”

Beverley Elliott
Urmston Primary

“Sophia absolutely loves coming to the club and asks every morning whether she can go to School Of Play. I love that she doesn’t have to leave the school premises too. Its ticks all the boxes, and I’m really happy with how Sophia has taken to it. The staff are amazing with her, too

Laura Fowler
Urmston Primary

“Everything is organised, and communication is always quick. Ashlea is someone I have noticed has a connection with my son’s the most. My children are always collected promptly and always come out of School of Play happy and fed. It’s been a really nice surprise to see (especially our youngest son who had confidence issues) come out of sessions so bubbly and positive!”

Paul Taylor
Urmston Primary

“Everyone is lovely, but Katy and Ashlea get a lot of mentions at home. You always go the extra mile; the activities you put on to help her with her learning too is amazing; Elizabeth absolutely loves her time with you all, and knowing this is such a relief to us. Thank you.”

Rebecca Duggan
Urmston Primary

“The service has exceeded my expectations. Ashlea is so in tune with Emily’s needs. She so quickly identified her personality and needs. She’s great at calming her and engaging with her, and her feedback is always positive or constructive. The whole team are brilliant, but Emily says Ashlea is her favourite.”

Stephanie Burton
Urmston Primary

“Even within the challenging conditions we’ve had over the last term, the wraparound care provided by School of Play has been exceptional. The range of activities has been good, and team members are always happy and enthusiastic. Theo loves going and even says he wants to go in when he doesn’t. Theo talks about Katy a lot, as well as Ashlea. This is impressive as, in general, he tells us nothing about his school days.”

Rachel Barret
Urmston Primary

“All the staff greet my children with a smile in the morning, and the children cheer when I tell them they are going to breakfast club! Ashlea is my little boys favourite, and she’s fantastic with him.”

Kate Newton
Urmston Primary

“Nel joined after hearing about how much her friends enjoyed School of Play. I was a bit reluctant as she had attended her previous care setting since she was eight months old and had a great relationship with the staff; I needn’t have worried because when I first picked her up, she didn’t want to leave. On the way home, she told me how it was ‘the best thing ever, and she couldn’t wait to go again.

She has settled so quickly and begs me to let her go – even on days we don’t need childcare! I genuinely can’t find enough words to give Katy and Ashlea the praise they deserve. Nel absolutely adores them, and she’s only been with them a couple of weeks. They work so hard to build positive relationships with the children and keep them engaged in such a wide range of activities. They know my daughter so well already, and I know she is in very safe hands.”

Elizabeth Billingsley
Urmston Primary

“My five year old joined School of Play this September; she felt comfortable and at ease from the very first day she started and has no made complaints since. Great range of activities provided, which also included the occasional shows and entertainment – such a treat!

Staff members are passionate, professional, and very helpful. Excellent communication, emails and queries are replied with promptness. Holiday Clubs are also amazing which were filled with fun activities. Highly recommended!”

Aliya Lee
Urmston Primary

“Reuben absolutely loves coming to School Of Play. It’s a great opportunity to try a range of new things – sports, games or activities. His favourite was the science show, and he started showing a real interest in doing experiments at home!”

Gillian Webb
Urmston Primary