Here is an Autumn Update from MASKK.

Playcare Club Bookings (after school and Holidays)

We still ask that you make your bookings by the previous Friday so that these can be shared with schools to aid with pick up procedures and booking escorts. But for last minute needs you can now book online up to 3 days before, but you MUST inform your child’s teacher of the additional booking.
You can also cancel sessions online up to 5 days before and receive a full refund (7 days for holiday bookings).Cancellations after this period are still payable in full, although exceptions apply including school closure or Covid isolation.


We continue to implement procedures to help keep the children and team safe and ask that you continue to respect these. This includes waiting outside, but we will review this as the weather changes. Once we allow you in again it will be to wait in reception only and the door will be propped open for ventilation.

Please also remember if your child becomes ill with Covid symptoms, a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of taste/smell they must isolate and book a PCR test to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Lateral flow tests are not for symptomatic individuals. Although the symptoms can be very mild in children they can be far worse for adults and I myself am still recovering 3 weeks later.

Autumn Art

We have commissioned an artist, Louis, from Ignite Imaginations to put on a monthly art class here this Autumn. These sessions are designed for children aged 7 to 11 and will support the children to work towards an Arts Award. The sessions are at no additional cost and if your child is not booked into MASKK that day you are still very welcome to drop them off here at the start time and collect them at 6pm. This will take place in the hall, children at the after school/holiday club not wanting to take part will continue to play in the MASKK room.

The items they create will be used to put on an Art Show later in the year, and you’ll be invited to come and see what they’ve learnt and created for yourself. Fill in this form to secure your place: https://forms.gle/jH1YtYGrkdFKqFNb7

October Half Term

MASKK Holiday Club will be open Monday 25th until Friday 29th, bookings now open here: https://maskk.magicbooking.co.uk/ . During the holidays we will include a hot meal served at 5pm that the children help prepare themselves, let us know if you would prefer your child not to eat with us.

Sessions costs:
8:30 – 15:30 = £21
8:30 – 18:00 = £27
16:00 – 18:00 = £7
Please be aware St Theresa’s will be closed 22nd October and Prince Edward 1st November but we will only be open these dates for the After School Club. We will cancel and refund any bookings. But feel free to book the ‘dropped off at MASKK’ option if you’d like to still bring your child to the after school session those days.

Halloween and Bonfire

MASKK are being joined by Friends of Manor Fields, MCDT, 186th Sheffield and others to create a FREE Halloween fun event in Manor Fields Park on Sunday 31st October with family activities from 4pm onwards. Save the date in your diary and look out for more info coming soon. Unfortunately there will not be a Community bonfire this year due to the ongoing Covid risk at large gatherings. We will though be enjoying some fire activities here at MASKK that week instead!


As we look to Christmas we will be thinking of those families that might need some additional help, the cut to Universal Credit and increase in energy costs will hit many local families. If you need support please speak up, we can refer to the S2 Food Bank in emergency situations. But also check out the Community Grocery for access to affordable food too https://communitygrocery.org.uk/sheffield/

We will also be working with MCDT, ECHO, MaTReC & Arbourthorne Centre to try and make sure no child wakes up on Christmas Day without a present. Speak to me for more information about how to access the help or if you’d like to support.

MASKK will be closed from 18th December until 4th January – although our team will be enjoying training all day on the 20th and 21st.


Craig Judson