BBN Investments Ltd trading as The Club Out of School Care & Community Hub is based in Whitburn and registered to provide a day care service to a maximum of 56 school age children.
"Play is so important, vital to the healthy development of our young people especially today as they don’t have as much opportunities/access to outdoor play. We live and are captivated, in a world of social media which has impacted on how young people play, with peer social interactions occurring without young people having to take a step outside.
We can provide young people with the opportunity to experience regular fun outdoor play.
The service I manage (The Club) is big and spacious, we offer all 16 play types ensuring we are offering a varied, FUN, stimulating and RISKY play programme. We provide a fantastic, popular, busy, expanding club with an abundance of opportunities indoors but we don’t have an outdoor space. However, this has never been a barrier or affected the quality of service we deliver as all young people have regular access to being outdoors.
Rain or shine we are out in all weathers. Parents are extremely happy that their child has outdoor opportunities, are engaged in rich, risky, fun play and are happy. They provide their child with wellies, water proofs, and change of clothes and off we go rain or shine!!
We are centrally located between two play parks, one has a basketball court, football pitch and a woodland area as well as a park. The other play park is newly designed with a generous amount of green space which we use to provide many exciting play experiences. We have Polkemmet Park a few miles down the road with a wonderful woodland area.
We believe it is paramount that young people have the opportunity to access outdoor play daily. Every space should be seen as a blank canvas allowing creativity and providing rich memorable play experiences they will never forget.
At our club we like to take play a step further. The young people have enjoyed mud/ water sliding, messy play, water pistol fights, den building, forestry and much more, all within their local community. This is play they may never get to experience otherwise. They are exposed to the elements, out in all weathers, nothing stops us! My favourite sayings are “we won’t melt” and “not such a thing is bad weather it’s bad clothing”
Outdoor play is a main feature within our club. We believe our young people are learning and developing new/ existing skills such as problem solving, positive peer socialisation, negotiation, building confidence, self-esteem, risk taking/ decision making. “We are an outdoor classroom where skills learned are lifelong” Nowadays many children are wrapped in cotton wool and don’t get enough physical exercise. They need to be out in their local communities building resilience, trying new experiences pushing themselves to climb that tree a bit higher, jump from the high beam, fall over and start again.
So please If you have an outdoor space USE IT, if you have barriers REMOVE them, and the rest will evolve………Always work less and PLAY hard!”