Bath Area Play Project (B.A.P.P) is a local voluntary organisation and registered charity. It was set up in 1979 to provide and promote quality play opportunities for school age children during school holidays.
Since we began, thousands of children have attended and enjoyed one of our open-access holiday playschemes, playdays and family play sessions. They have exercised their right to play and their development has been enhanced and enriched by the unique play experience BAPP offers.
BAPP recognises and promotes the importance of play in relation to child development and children’s rights.
We are committed to providing a range of inclusive and accessible play opportunities for children in their own communities.
Under the U.N Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have the right to play in their own community. BAPP is striving to continue this provision to maintain a stable base for children in their own community.
We are committed to offering all children a choice of venue and activities, and fully support and promote inclusion. All of our services are open to all children and the playscheme at the Hut has become an inclusive setting where disabled and non-disabled children can play together. Staff manage the space and encourage all children to get the most out of all of the play opportunities.
* Community Play Provision across Bath including Southdown, Twerton, Odd Down, Foxhill and Weston.
* Closed access inclusive holiday playscheme at Twerton during Spring and Summer school holidays.
* Teenage Rampage – a weekly club for disabled teenagers aged 13 – 19 years from 7-9pm every Tuesday evening. Young people make decisions about what they do at the sessions and are supported by qualified and experienced staff.
* Pre-school at The Hut runs term time only from 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday and is open to all children from 12 months to school age. Parents/carers should register children in advance.
* The TURTLE Toy Library at The Hut allows you and your child aged 0-16 to borrow toys for up to two weeks. Huge range of toys and equipment including dressing up, sports and camping equipment and karaoke machine. Open to settings who work with children in B&NES including out of school clubs, nurseries and childminders.
* Community Play Rangers work all year round in parks and open spaces across Bath after school with children aged 5 – 13 years. Open to all children and staffed by qualified playworkers.
* Closed-access Holiday playschemes available for disabled and non-disabled children aged between 5 and 12/19 years of age in most school holidays at Three Ways School working in partnership with KIDS, Fosseway School and BOP.
* BA2 Youth Club, a weekly youth club for children aged 11 – 17 years on a Wednesday evening from 7 – 9pm. Programme is planned by young people and can include music, cooking, sports and information discussions
* SOFA – Summer Of Fun Activities is our inclusive activity programme for disabled and non-disabled young people aged 12 – 19 years running through the summer holidays. Young people plan and organise the programme as part of the participation.
* Children & Young People’s Network – we support voluntary and community sector organisations working with children and young people across B&NES through Network meetings and a monthly e-bulletin. With 150 members, we are able to bring together common agendas and have representation on various strategic level boards and meetings to ensure that the voluntary and community sector are an intrinsic part of strategic development and service delivery and
* Family Play support – we support children either individually or through groups to increase access to play opportunities, reduce their social isolation and work holistically with the whole family to ensure that strategies can be implemented consistently using play as a process of engagement and connection with the whole family
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Is there a cost for these services?
Closed access playscheme there is a small charge to contribute towards staff costs and transport.
All other playschemes, Teenage Rampage and Stay and Play are free of charge.