About Yellow Birds

Yellow Birds Play Academy is a private limited company, established in 2008. We provide quality childcare for school aged children during term time and the school holidays.

Yellow Birds provides Breakfast and Afterschool childcare in Chingford and Highams Park. Our breakfast club’s open at 7.30am and our afterschool club’s close between 6 – 6.30pm. Each club serves both primary and nursery schools in their local facility.

Our families have praised us for our friendly, welcoming and professional teams. They also commented on how the how safe the club makes them feel and how the clubs are set up. All new families are invited for a Welcome Visit to meet the club manager and see how the club operates before their first day.

OFSTED say ‘Children play confidently in a well-organised and inviting environment’ which reinforces our aim to facilitate learning and development through play.

Staff member are specially selected to for their personal qualities; being highly motivated, fun and ambitious. Our staff build fantastic relationships with the children ensuring that each child is happy, well cared for and have a lot of fun during their time with us.

L&D at Yellow Birds school clubs

Learning & Development through Play

Our play programmes are designed following the weekly theme set by the Early Years Foundation Stage Coordinator of our host school (or the school where the majority of children attend).

They are also reflective of the children’s current interest, social and religious events. Our planning is reviewed daily to help us monitor and evaluate the activities we provide. This ensures we follow our company’s aims to facilitate learning and development through play.

The focus is given to the 3 areas of learning: Communication and Language, Personal Social Emotional Development and Physical Development. We recap or extend what is taught in the classroom, differentiating to appeal to all of our children across our age groups.

We provide a large range of play opportunities to ensure that there are plenty of choices for the children to be challenged, enriched and to stimulate their educational and social development.

Homework support is provided during the After school club session. Children who attend three or more sessions per week are given an allocated reading day.

Support at Yellow Birds school clubs

Providing Full Support

Staff to Child Childcare Ratios

1:8 off site staff to child ratio.
1:10 on site staff to child ratio.

The support we are able to offer to children are varied and comprehensive, supporting children with particular needs, sometimes on a 1:1 basis, which is included in Waltham Forest’s ‘Local Offer’.


Minimum: one paediatric first aider and a safeguarding officer onsite at any one time. There is also always a paediatric first aider with the children for each drop off or pick up.

​If you child has any support needs please contact our office and we will be able to arrange a care plan meeting with the Club Manager at your chosen club.
Locations of Yellow Birds school clubs

Yellow Birds Locations

All Saints church hallYellow Birds in Highams Park: EY537557
serving children at:

  • Oakhill Primary School
  • Handsworth Primary School
  • Other local primary schools
Yellow Birds on The Green: OFSTED No. 2592141
serving children at:

  • Whitehall Primary School
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
  • Chingford Church of England School
  • Lime Academy Larkswood
Register at Yellow Birds school clubs


Once your child is registered* – we can care for your child at short notice – subject to availability.

You will also be sent a booking form for your chosen service and Newsletters with a service update twice each half term.

* Details include: Name, Address, Emergency Contact, Medication, Allergies, Health Declaration, Authorised to Collect

Per Child£25.00*

* Renewable each academic year (July to June)

Registration Fees

Per Child: £25.00*

* Renewable each academic year (July to June)

Please contact the office or book your Welcome Visit here online.

You will then be invited to meet the team, get a ‘feel’ for the club and complete a registration form which is kept onsite.