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Langford Wraparound Care Club is situated in the grounds of Langford Village Academy.

We provide before and after school care for children attending the school, in a relaxed and child-led environment. Children are encouraged to choose and discuss what activities they may like to do. The idea of involving the children in decision making is so that they are taking or making ownership of their club. Even the principles or boundaries are discussed and set at what they understand and how they want to be respected. We have found that children become particularly engaged in the activities when they have chosen them. The children have many toys and craft materials available to them but we always welcome junk modelling items, material, or anything else that can be recycled. 

Langford WAC Club supports the children through Playwork. This is a process which focuses on children's activities outside of the school environment, facilitating and promoting children's right to play and enriching their play environment. The play cycle has no outcome and aims to allow children to take control of their play.

The children's needs are at the centre of what our practitioners do, where we strongly believe that children are the experts when it comes to play!

Playwork is guided by the following Playwork Principles:

  1. All children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate. Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity, and is fundamental to the healthy development and well-being of individuals and communities.
  2. Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. That is, children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons.
  3. The prime focus and essence of playwork is to support and facilitate the play process and this should inform the development of play policy, strategy, training and education.
  4. For playworkers, the play process takes precedence and playworkers act as advocates for play when engaging with adult-led agendas.
  5. The role of the playworker is to support all children and young people in the creation of a space in which they can play.
  6. The playworker’s response to children and young people playing is based on a sound up to date knowledge of the play process, and reflective practice.
  7. Playworkers recognise their own impact on the play space and also the impact of children and young people’s play on the playworker.
  8. Playworkers choose an intervention style that enables children and young people to extend their play. All playworker intervention must balance risk with the developmental benefit and well-being of children.

Visit Play England for more information.


Our setting is open 7.30am until 8.50am, and then 3.20pm until 6pm.


Please contact us to arrange a visit or make an application.

Telephone: 01462 815637