Welcome to Funzone!

Funzone is our fully supervised OFSTED registered holiday playscheme. The aim of the playscheme is to provide the best quality care and play opportunities for your child aged 5 - 13 years. We are open during every school holiday, including Christmas and Teacher Training Days between 8am and 5:30. (Please note: Children aged 5 years old must have started Year 1 at school)

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map marker Funzone Pricing and Terms & Conditions 2017

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Extended hours of 8:00-8:30am are now available at a price of £3 (30 minutes). All places must be booked 48 hours in advance. Please note bookings or walk ins will only be accepted if staff to child ratios allow. Bookable at reception.

For more information on our Junior Active Membership please click here

For more information on our leisure card please click here

Late Collection Fees

All children must be collected at 5.30pm unless early or late collection has been arranged 48 hours prior to your child attending Funzone. Any child remaining in our care after this time will incur a late fee of £5 per child, payable immediately. It is imperative that you are on time to collect your child. Our Uncollected Child Policy will be actioned immediately for any children still in our care after 5.30pm.

Teacher Training Days

We operate teacher training days at Lings Forum Leisure Centre and Duston Sports Centre only. Both these playschemes are open for children aged between 5-13 years old. (Please note, children aged 5 MUST have started in year 1 at school)

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About Us

Children attend Funzone for many reasons including parents having to work, to make new friends, and to take part in a range of activities in a safe and supervised environment.

Funzone operates from a child led perspective, ensuring that children have access to not only planned activities, but also free play activities. Playworkers will encourage children to take part in activities of their choosing during 'free time', whilst we ensure that we have a wide variety of resources for them to do so including computer consoles, arts and craft materials, board games, reading books, role play props, big games, a football table plus much more.

Children will be encouraged to undertake risky play of their choosing, including rough and tumble play, if this is what they desire. Rest assured that our trained Playworkers will ensure that during these types of activities children are safe, and the risk is minimised by undertaking full risk assessments of all activities and involving children in their own health and safety decisions.

Mission Statement

To create an environment where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy lifelong involvement in sport, play and physical activities, alongside cultural opportunities, limited only by their own ambition and potential.

To ensure that the services delivered are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to the needs of local people.

To put the customer at the heart of everything the Trust does and ensure that it provides services that are excellent value for money and that are sustainable both now and in the future.

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Children are split into two age groups to better manage children's stages of development. There are times within the day where both groups do come together, for instance, during lunchtimes and where free time is scheduled.

Lings Forum Leisure Centre - Minis group (5-7 years) Juniors group (8-13 years).

Billing Brook Road , Northampton , NN3 8JR

Duston Sports Centre - Minis group (5-7 years) Juniors group (8-13 years)

Cotswold Avenue, Duston, NN5 6EX

Danes Camp Leisure Centre - Children are organised in to one group (8-13 years)

Clannell Road , Hunsbury, Northampton , NN4 0RX

Cripps Recreation Centre -Minis group (5-7 years) Juniors group (8-13 years)

Northampton General Hospital, Cliftonville Road, Northampton, NN1 5BD

*Due to the fact we are still establishing Funzone at Cripps, there may be times where we deliver one group. This would be dependent on the numbers of children booked on at any one time.

Each group is lead by a Play Leader and supported by up to three assistants. The staff to child ratio for children aged under 8 is 1:9, children 8 or over will be supervised according to a 1:13 staff to child ratio. Please note: Children aged 5 years must have started Year 1 at School.

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To make a booking simply call our contact centre on 01604 838 333 and one of our operatives will be happy to talk you though any questions you may have, as well as process your booking. Alternatively, you may book by visiting any of our sites and booking at reception (excluding Cripps).

On your child’s first day, you will be required to complete an admission form. This admission form will remain in the safe keeping of the Play Leader at all times throughout the day. As we are able to utilise the majority of the buildings that we occupy, as well as outdoor venues, it is imperative that staff have access to this information immediately. It is a parents / carers responsibility to ensure that all details including full medical history, and emergency contact details are listed correct.

Please note that payment must be made at the time of booking. (Children aged 5  years must have started Year 1 at School)

Admission Form

Save time and complete an admissions form prior to attending Funzone. Click here for the form and bring along with you on the morning of your child's first day.

Medical Concent Form

If your child suffers from any medical condition that we should be aware of, please also complete and bring along with you a medical form here. If you would like to speak to a member of the Funzone team about your child prior to them attending, please call 01604 838333 and ask to speak with Chris Serbyn (Duston / Cripps),  Jemma Rolfe (Lings Forum) or Fran King (Danes Camp).

Click here for the latest dates and important terms and conditions.


Should it be necessary for you to cancel your child’s place on Funzone, you will receive a refund only if your cancellation request is on the day of booking (refunded using your original payment method).

Late Collection Fees

All children must be collected at 5.30pm. Any child remaining in our care after this time will incur a late fee of £5 per child, payable immediately. It is imperative that you are on time to collect your child. Our Uncollected Child Policy will be actioned immediately for any children still in our care after 5.30pm.

Full fees are payable in the case of absence, or absence due to sickness. All other refund requests should be made in writing enclosing all booking details, and addressed to either Chris Serbyn at Lings Forum Leisure Centre, or Caitlin Devereux at Danes Camp Leisure Centre. These will be given at the discretion of the Play & Health Development Officers.

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We strongly believe in having an educated and experiened workforce. We take the care of your child very seriously and work to a safer recruitment policy, as well as delivering regular internal Funzone training. All Funzone staff are DBS checked and complete safeguarding awareness training. In addition we ensure that we have at least 1 paediatric first aid qualified member of staff working on each playscheme.

Our Staff

Chris Serbyn - Play & Health Development Officer 

(BA Early Childhood Studies / NVQ Playwork Level 3)

Jemma Rolfe - Play & Health Development Officer

(BA Sport & Health / NVQ Level 3 in Playwork)

Fran King - Play and Health Development Officer

(Level 2 in Youth Work / Level 3 Outdoor Learning)

Chrissy Hughes - Funzone Leader

(BA Early Childhood Studies / PGCE Primary Education)

Nikki Wilson - Funzone Leader

(Playwork Level 3 Diploma)

Ciara Cummings - Funzone Leader

(Level 3 Childcare / BA Social Work - pending)

Hannah Ward - Funzone Leader

(BA Primary Education - pending)

Danielle Filsell - Funzone Leader / Assistant

(Level 2 Certificate for children &YP workforce / Childcare Level 3 Diploma - pending)

Chelsea Kyle - Funzone Leader / Assistant 

(Level 2 Certificate for children &YP workforce / Childcare Level 3 Diploma - pending)

Katie Marlow - Funzone Leader / Assistant

(BA Primary Education - pending) 

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Payment can be made by cash, credit/debit cards or cheques made payable to Northampton Leisure Trust. Fees are payable upon booking. To make a booking at any site simply call 01604 838 333.

Childcare Vouchers

What are childcare vouchers? Click here.

As Ofsted registered provisions we accept most major childcare voucher companies across the schemes. Paying for childcare using childcare vouchers saves many parents £1,000s a year. These vouchers available via a special Government scheme and operated through employers allow you to pay for childcare from your pre-tax salary.

If we are not currently registered with your childcare voucher company please speak with a member of the booking team at your time of booking and we will organise this for you. Please can we remind all parents who are currently using childcare vouchers to pay for their childcare, that they include their child’s name and Funzone site (lings Forum, Danes Camp, Duston or Cripps) as their reference. 

When setting up your payment with your childcare voucher provider you will need to provide our Ofsted registration number for the relevant Funzone location your child is attending. These are:

  • Lings Forum – EY429927
  • Danes Camp – EY441184
  • Duston Sports Centre – EY458219
  • Cripps Recreaton Centre - EY492120
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map markerTimetables & What Will Your Child Need to Bring?

Children at all four of our venues are able to take part in a varied programme of activities including daily swimming (8 + years at Lings, Cripps & Danes only) roller-skating, sports and games, bouncy castle, arts and crafts, computer consoles. The Forum Cinema is also used at Lings Forum and there is a Climbing Wall at Danes Camp. Duston Sports Centre has huge outdoor spaces to be enjoyed!


We're excited to bring you our action packed Christmas Funzone activity programme!

Please be aware that Funzone runs at Lings and Duston only durng the Christmas / New Year period.


Christmas & New Year Activity Timetables 2017/18

Lings Forum Leisure Centre

Duston Sports Centre


Parents please ensure that you provide your child with:

  • A daily packed lunch, snacks and drinks (water bottles are best as these can be refilled)

  • Clothing suitable for messy play, outside play and spare clothing to change into if necessary

  • Daily swimming kit for children aged 8 years plus only (Excluding Duston Sports Centre)

  • Sun cream and hats in the summer months

  • Coats, hats and suitable outdoor footwear in the winter months

Please also note

  • No mobile phones, cameras or devises with access to the internet are allowed at Funzone. If children do bring these items in, then Funzone staff will keep them safe and secured until children are signed out.
  • Please do not pack lunch boxes with food products that contain nuts. We have a number of children with allergies and nuts could cause a significant risk.

Please see our full terms and conditions above.

map markerPolicies and Ofsted Registration

Here is our employee handbook detailing our policies and procedures. If you have any further questions in regards to our Funzone policies please speak to the Playscheme Leader.

Employee Handbook

Danes Camp, Duston, Lings Forum and Cripps Funzone playschemes are registered with Ofsted. As Lings Forum, Cripps and Duston Sports Centre cares for children aged under 8 years, they are registered on the Compulsory Childcare Register and Danes Camp is registered on the Voluntary part of the Childcare Register.

Lings Forum – EY429927

Danes Camp – EY441184

Duston Sports Centre – EY458219

Cripps Recreaton Centre - EY492120

map markerCase Studies & Testimonials

Please click on the relevant link to view a case study about Funzone Supervised Holiday Childcare Scheme.

Parent Evaluation

See below for what parents think about our service …

“My son has had a great time – full of things to tell us about his day! One day he even got up really early to make sure he was up in time to come – he didn’t want to miss anything!! Thank you to all of the staff involved and well done for a great week!”

“All the staff are great, helpful and keep the children entertained all day long. Highly recommended!”