Parents' Guide to other venues

About the Camp

Tech Camp was established in 2008 as an alternative to the ‘Sports camp’ or ‘Multi-activity camp’ model, and has quickly become a big annual event, attracting hundreds of children over the summer from around the UK (and indeed from around 20 countries worldwide). It is quite different from any other camp – the activities that the children undertake are done nowhere else; many are designed specifically for Tech Camp. The camp is designed to captivate the interest of every child; we have many who are ‘tech enthusiasts’, but we also have many who wouldn’t cite technology as the love of their life – they come purely because of the exciting activities that we offer.

The non-residential camps run from 9:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday along similar lines to our Winchester Camps, and the course material is the same.

Location

These events are for ages 9-17, and are held at the venues shown below, but please check the relevant venue page for specific weeks and courses available.

Abingdon -  St Helen and St Katharine School, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

Birmingham - Harborne Academy, Harborne Road, Birmingham B15 3JL

Edinburgh - King's Buildings, KB Square, Edinburgh EH9 3DL

Reading - UTC Crescent Road, Reading RG1 5RQ

London - St Paul's School, Lonsdale Road, London, SW13 9JT

Parking and drop-off is available at all of these venues and the venue pages will give further information on local transport links.

About the Staff

All staff at Tech Camp are chosen because of their ability to work with children and their passion for science and technology. Of course all staff go through a stringent checking process including enhanced DBS checks, but in addition, almost all of the staff have worked with us before or were well-known to us before starting the camps. The courses are usually run by an ‘academic’ – someone who works professionally in a technology-related field, or who is a teacher or university student studying engineering or IT. A couple of key staff with great experience working with children (often in boarding schools or as parents themselves) take the lead in managing the camp in general and supervising the children in break times. You may like to visit the ‘Meet The Team’ page to see more detailed staff information.

Important Dates

Please note that all of the non-residential camps run Monday-Friday but the actual weeks, dates and courses vary between venues.  Please check the details on the relevant Tech Camp venue pages.

Registration

When you arrive with day campers on the first day you will need to follow the signs and flappy banners to register your child.  Campers should arrive ready to start at 9:30am.  When you arrive at your venue the Tech Camp Manager will be there to meet you in reception. 

A Typical Day

9:15am

Campers sign-in. Reception will be staffed from 9:15am - 9:45am and a little earlier on the first day.

If the camper is likely to be late please send us a text using the mobile phone number listed below (under 'Communication') for the Tech Camp Manager.  Please do not call the venue itself or the general Tech Camp Head Office number.

9:30am-12:30pm

Morning session There will be a snack break in the middle but please bring your own snacks if required.

12:30pm-1:30pm

Lunch Lunch is provided only at Abingdon - all other campers should bring a packed lunch.

1:30pm-4:30pm

Afternoon session There will be a snack break in the middle but please bring your own snacks if required.

3:45pm

(Friday Only) Show and tell. Parents are welcome to attend this and see what the campers have been creating in all the courses.

4:30pm

Campers sign-out Courses finish at 4:30pm. (Reception will be staffed until 4:45pm.  In the case of an emergency that makes you late please call us using the number listed below (under 'Communication') for the Tech Camp manager.  Please do not call the venue itself or the general Tech Camp Head Office number.

The Courses

Each day the campers participate in one course where they work on various projects that are completed throughout the week.

We sometimes get asked if a child can miss a particular day during the camp. This is not ideal as most courses are designed to run over the full week. Having said that, if it is unavoidable we usually try our hardest to make this work, but we can’t offer a reduction in the fees in this case and it is possible that the child may not advance as far as possible in their course. Do let us know if there are any unavoidable clashes on a particular day and we will try to give you a heads-up on the likely impact.

Food

Lunch is provided only at Abingdon. Other campers will need to bring a packed lunch.  There is a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack break - parents are welcome to send their children with a snack and/or drink if desired, although water is always available on-site.

Pocket Money

Pocket money is not required (or useful).

Group Requests

When you book a course it is possible to request to be in the same group as a friend.  We are usually able to accommodate these requests unless campers are widely separated by age or experience.

Health Issues

We have a qualified first-aider on site at all camps to make sure everyone is happy and healthy. Beyond minor cuts and bruises, we will let you know immediately if there are any problems.

Communication

So if your children are at Tech Camp, how do we ensure that the communication channels are open? We have established multiple facilities to allow easy communication:

  • If your child has a phone with them, you can obviously reach them using this.
  • You can email us at any time and we will follow up issues ASAP.  Make sure you select the email link on our website that goes to the relevant Tech Camp Manager.
  • Please call the main office directly on 0118 3805678 (or email office@techcamp.org.uk) for any payment related queries.
  • In an emergency you can call our Managers directly - these numbers are provided just before camp starts – please note that during camps it is extremely busy and we would request that you email us if it is not an emergency and we will endeavour to get back to you ASAP.
    • Abingdon:    
    • Birmingham
    • Edinburgh
    • Reading
    • London
    • Winchester

We realise that phones are an increasingly important part of students' life as they get older. We allow the campers to keep phones with them but of course they are their responsibility.

What can I bring?

Children are welcome to bring iPods, game consoles, books, etc.  We have a supervised lunch break of around an hour so if you think they will get bored, they are welcome to bring their own entertainment!  Of course the children must not bring anything dangerous to the camp such as knives and matches.  If unsure, please ask!

What will happen next?

We will keep you up to date if any information changes related to the camps. Around a month before the camp we request final payment via email.

OFSTED

We are an OFSTED-registered childcare provider.  Further information about the OFSTED registration system can be found on their website.

Our OFSTED registration number for Tech Camp UK is EY489833
Our OFSTED registration number for Tech Camp London is EY489806

OFSTED's contact information can be found here. 

Policies

You can view our complaints policy here.

You can view our child protection policy here.

Further Information

Do let us know if you have any other questions or you think of any information to pass on to us that may help us to look after your child. As always, we can respond most quickly via email.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon!