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					      Childcare Voucher Schemes are a government led initiative designed to support
       working parents with their childcare costs.
      Childcare vouchers are an alternative method of payment for childcare.
      The vouchers you order can be used to pay for all types of registered or approved
       care. (Nurseries, Childminders, Out of School clubs & Approved Nannies)
      The vouchers are available in both paper & e-vouchers formats.

To check the effect, if any, that vouchers would have on your Tax Credit Award, try out the online
                              calculator by clicking on the following link:

You can register on a form, which alters the Terms & Conditions of your employment allowing
                     your employer to pay part of your salary in vouchers.
      Vouchers are sent to your home address or credited to your on-line account on payday.
  Childcare Vouchers cannot be backdated so start saving now by contacting us on 01872 35
 8622 for an Information Pack. All Applications forms need to be returned to the Childcare Co-
ordination Team by the end of the month for vouchers to be received on the following payday.

Please note that only staff paid by Cornwall NHS Payroll Services can join this Voucher Scheme.
Look out for        Other Services we provide:
information                Childcare Matching – Please contact us if you need information on
to Improve                  registered or approved childcare provision in you area. We can arrange
your                        for a shortlist of suitable providers to be sent to you by the Family
Working Life                Information Service.
(IWL)                      Maternity/Adoption, Paternity leave & Pay – Information Packs
                            available to guide you through
                           Help & Advice – Have you received your free copy of ‘HELP’ a guide
                            for children, young people and carers in Cornwall? We have copies
                           Website – have you visited our Website yet. It contains all information
                            on the service we provide:

Tax Credits - For information on Tax Credits and how you may be able to claim for increased
childcare costs during the Summer Holidays please contact the helpline on 0845 300 3900 or go to
the Tax Credit website
The following is an extract from the Inland Revenue’s website:

   ‘To help you when your costs rise by £10 or more for 4 weeks in a row we will increase your
   child care element from the first week of the change. So if your costs go up by £10 or more you
   can tell us straight away as long as you expect the increase to last for at least 4 weeks.’

Look Out for your Tax Credit Renewal Pack it will be coming through your door any time now and
make sure you are receiving the Tax Credits you are entitled to.

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - The Summer Holidays are not far away so we hope this edition of
Offspring will help you plan for the Summer as well as give you some ideas of What’s on
and how to amuse the Children during the coming Half Term Break. The information
provided on the following pages is correct to the best of our knowledge, however we
recommend that you contact the provider to check all details and availability to avoid
disappointment. Some Activities may incur a charge and/or have age restrictions.

Please also see the Childcare Co-ordination team Website for details of discounts at local
Attractions (e.g. Crealy, National Seal Sanctuary, selected National Trust Gardens, Tunnels
Through Time, Lappa Valley Steam Railway) and Childcare settings for NHS staff. You can
call the Family Information Service free on 0800 5878191 for details of Holiday Clubs and
Childcare in your area or search their website at They have also
produced an on-line version of the HELP guide at

LOCAL LEISURE CENTRES – many run holiday activity schemes – contact them direct for details

Truro Leisure Centre 01872 261628              Carn Brea Leisure Centre - 01209 714766.
Newquay Sports Centre – 01637 875533           St Ives Leisure Centre –. 01736 797006
Helston Sports Centre – 01326 563320           Penzance Leisure Centre – 01736 874744
Ships & Castles, Falmouth – 01326 212129       Fowey Leisure Centre – 01726 832908
Dragon Leisure Centre – 01208 75715.           Camelford – 01840 213188
Wadebridge – 01208 814980                      Phoenix Leisure Centre – 01566 772 551
Budehaven – 01288 356191                       Callington Sport & Leisure - 01579 383477.
Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell - 01726 223696
Tregorrick Park Sports & Fitness Centre, St Austell – 01726 67300
Kerrier District Council - Activities and Taster sessions for young people aged 8 and over that live
in Kerrier during most school holidays. Under 8’s can attend some activities if accompanied by an
adult. Please call 01209 61444/614076 during office hours to book a place. There will be a wide
range of different activities including mountain biking, Arts & Crafts, surfing, Mountain Boarding,
kayaking, Power Kiting & Cooking. Download the ‘Out there, things to do, places to Go’ brochure
with full details at For details
of the Kerrier events calendar go to

Other organisations offering Half Term and Summer Activities or events

China Clay Country Park, St Austell, Tel 01726 850367
Cornish Mining, for a copy of the ‘Mine & Yours’ guidebook giving details of lots of events to
include, Morwellham quay, Tamar Estuary and the Mineral Tramways of Camborne, Redruth and
Pool, call 01872 322586 or go to
Cornwall’s Crealy 0870 1163333
Cornwall County Council, for Countryside events Calendar call 01872 222000 or go to
Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Fox club are running lots of events, 01872 273939, Ext 203 or go to

Fal River Festival, 24th May – 1st June to include events at Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth
Lifeboat Station, Knight School at Pendennis Castle, Trelissick Garden Activity Trail and 999
Emergency Services Day, go to for full calendar
Falmouth Art Gallery, drop-in family workshops, Tel 01326 313863
Flambards, Helston, , 01326 573404
Geevor Tin Mine, 01736 788662
Helston Museum, various Activities, 01326 564027
Maritime Museum, Falmouth, various activities, Tel 01326 313388
Newquay Zoo, various activities, 01637 873342 –
Penlee House, Penzance, 01736 363625 –
Plymouth       Museum      &      Art    Gallery,     various      activities, 01752   304665

Royal Cornwall Museum, Lots of Activities, Tel 01872 272205 for details or go to
Soccor Stars, half term soccor camps Falmouth, Hayle, Helston, Penzance and Truro. Tel 07969
897857 or 01736 360474 for further details
Tate St Ives, Trails and Activities, 01736 791114,
Trebah Gardens, Falmouth, Trails & workshops, 01326 252200
Trevarno, Helston, 01326 574274 or go to

Useful websites with ideas on how to amuse the kids during the School Holidays                    

Other organisations that often run holiday activities are Libraries and Children’s Centres (contact
the Family Information service for one near you on 0800 587 8191). See also local newspapers
( , Primary Times ( and Blackbird Pie magazines
( for details of local activities and money off coupons.
Highway Farm – Are an outdoor activity centre based four Lanes, Redruth and run play
schemes during the school holidays for 4 – 8 year olds and 8 – 14 year olds. Highway Farm are
also running family activity days on Tuesdays and Thursdays, April- October @ £10 per person
per activity and on Fathers day on 14th June. Archery and Kayak are charged at the same
price. They are offering an NHS staff discount of £1 off per person in each family booking on
production of a staff ID badge. Children must be 8yrs + and accompanied by an adult. Archery
held at Highway Farm Activity Centre, Four Lanes, Redruth. All equipment and instruction
provided. Kayaking held at Stithians Lake, Redruth. Equipment and instruction provided. (Except
wet suits, bring own or wear old clothes) Tel 01209 211905 or go to
for more details.

Home - Super Camps - Offer Multi Activity Day Camps for Children aged 4 – 13.
The Prep School in Higher town; Truro is conveniently placed for the Royal Cornwall Hospital
and other staff working in the Truro and surrounding areas. Super Camps Truro run camps
during the Easter and Summer Holidays. Although Activities run from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily,
they also offer a Free Extended day from 8am to 6pm where the children will have free time
activities available. Leaflets and booking forms are available by contacting Super Camps on
01235 832222 or by visiting Please quote reference TRNHS08 to
obtain your £4 daily NHS discount, which cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

NEW - Super Camps will also be running at Penrice Community College, Charlestown Road, St
Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3NR during the School Summer Holidays.

AWAY - DOIT4REAL ARE RESIDENTIAL SUMMER CAMPS for 10 – 16 year olds through the
Youth Hostel Association Action Adventure. The 4-day/5 night Camps are running for 6 weeks
from the 20th July to 29th August 2008 at 27 centres throughout England & Wales. If you are
entitled to Child Tax Credit, you can apply for a concessionary £199 place per child. The full
price of a place at camp is £399 per child. The cost includes all activities, food, accommodation
and transport to and from designated pick-up points. Details of the locations are not yet available
but even if it is necessary for you to travel to a designated pick up point this may still be worth
considering, especially if you qualify for the concessionary rates. For more information please

AWAY -A T E SUPERWEEKS - As a non-commercial body, ATE (Active Training & Education)
takes groups of 30+ children (8-16 year olds, although not on the same camp) on 7 or 10-day
residential camps. Living away from home, in the care of trained and enthusiastic volunteers,
the children spend their days playing, having adventures and learning how fun it can be to spend
time with people they wouldn't have ordinarily met, away from TVs and computers, but in the
company of lots of other children and young adults. There are Super weeks running in 7 different
centres all over the UK this summer holiday and they include free, supervised travel from
designated points. ATE are offering a £30 discount to all NHS employees.       Call Liz Macartney
on 0845 4561205, email or visit the website at


You can contact the Childcare Co-ordination Team on 01872 358622 or email Linda
Carpenter or Kelly Adams via GroupWise. We are based at the 2nd Floor Offices, PAMW,
Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3LJ.
Website address