Join The Kudize Club
by Hanna Lindon
The successful duo behind Hassocks wraparound childcare provider Kudize are launching a new after school club at The Windmills Junior School this September. Hanna Lindon meets them to find out more.
It was just two years ago that Becky and Donna came up with the idea of starting a wraparound care club in Hassocks. The pair wanted to create something unique – an after-school experience that was child-led, activity-packed and just as fun as they are. The result was Kudize Club, which quickly became a focus for the Hassocks community and today offers breakfast, after-school and holiday care out of a base on Keymer Road. Not content to rest on their laurels, though, Becky and Donna are expanding Kudize’s offering this September to include after school and holiday clubs at The Windmills Junior School.
“This won’t be your standard after-school club,” says Donna, when we meet in The Windmills’ colourful school library. “It’s going to be really child-led – we’ll be laying on plenty of activities, from cooking and music to science and sports, and the children can join in or just relax and read a book if that’s what they prefer.”
“Yes,” puts in Becky with a twinkle, “If they just want to build a den under the table and let us feed them for two hours then that’s fine too!”
With the programme that the duo has lined up, I can’t see many kids taking the den-building option. Kudize’s secret is an impressively talented multi-cultural team. Nauris teaches the children Spanish and runs a cooking club after school on Mondays, Kaori from Brighton-based band The Go Team is in charge of music classes and Gav will lead the kids in multi sports activities with an obstacle twist. Then there’s science workshop leader Viktoria, who has a PhD in science and nutrition, and Lyndsay of the Hassocks based Animal School. Lyndsay brings in everything from bearded dragons and tarantulas to giant rabbits and a pug to get the children engaged with different types of animals.
An important part of the Kudize ethos is teaching kids about healthy eating. The club’s vegetables all come from a local, organic supplier and meals focus around fish and veg. There’s even a vegetable patch at the school where children can learn about where food comes from.
“We want parents who have to work longer hours to rest assured that their kids are in a safe environment where they are being inspired by healthy food and positive messages,” explains Becky. The new club is exclusively for pupils at The Windmills and will run from 3.15pm to 5pm or 6pm with a hot meal provided for children staying until 6pm.
Other kids from the age of 3 upwards can join Kudize’s breakfast, after school or holiday clubs at its Keymer Road site. To find out more or book using Kudize’s new online system, visit www.kudizeclubltd.com
Becky Holst : 07793 441962
Donna Bovaird : 07475 014899