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Information for Parents

Sending your child away from home, whether it be for the first time or the hundredth, always raises some sensible queries. On this page we've answered some of the most common parental concerns and frequently asked questions about your child's stay with us.

What will my child need to bring with them?

It's always best for your child to bring more stuff than they need, rather than not enough. We would encourage you to pack your child an extra change of clothes for each full day they're with us for, just to be on the safe side! Older clothes are best, since everything the children wear with us is likely to get sandy, muddy and wet! This should include older shoes and wellies, as well as walking boots if your child has them.

Other than that, please pack the following:

  • a sleeping bag and pillow case,

  • toothbrush and paste

  • toiletries

  • sun cream (if your child can use it)

  • waterproof coat/jacket

  • at least one long sleeved t-shirt

Is there anything my child shouldn't bring?

We would encourage you not to pack electronic devices, as they're likely to get lost or broken. This includes; phones, tablets and cameras. 

What will my child be eating during their stay?

Our fantastic kitchen staff provide 3 delicious meals a day, with plenty of variety to suit all tastes. Whilst our menu is subject to change, an example can be found here. 

My child has a special dietary requirement, what will they eat?

Our trained kitchen staff can provide food for any dietary requirement, and have been doing so for over a decade. Regardless of your child's dietary needs our staff will make sure they have delicious and suitable food for every meal. If you still have concerns about your child's diet, please let your school know and we will liaise with you through them.

Where will my child be sleeping?

Your child will be sleeping in a room with some of their friends, likely chosen by their teacher to ensure that they are with children they know. Children only ever share rooms with kids from their own school and of the same sex. 

All of our rooms have under-floor heating and their own toilet and shower.

If you have further worries about your child's sleeping arrangements please talk to your school.

Will my child be safe whilst they're with you?

We take the safety of everyone in our care very seriously and go to great lengths to make sure that all who stay with us stay safe at all times.

  • Upon arrival we go through health and safety rules with our guests, making sure that everyone knows about things like stinging nettles and brambles. We also perform a fire drill to make sure that in the event of an actual alarm everyone knows where to go, safely and sensibly.

  • All of our activities are thoroughly risk assessed, and all begin with a safety brief to make sure that the participants are aware of any risks faced.

  • All of our education staff are trained in first aid, and carry a first aid kit at all times.

  • There is a member of St Madoc staff on site at all times, in addition to the teachers that come with your child's school.