EPIC Holiday Camps was founded by Ella Linton-Smith, a working mother of three who spent too many school holidays trying to find somewhere for her children to go that offered more than trips to the movies and craft.
With her experience working in community sports, she realised that combining sports training with holiday care would be a great way to give children the action they love while also giving parents the hours they need to work.
EPIC Holiday Camps launched in Summer 2018 in Mornington and other venues are set to open in the near future.
Epic Holiday Camps are committed to creating a fun and safe environment for school-aged children to enjoy meaningful real-world experiences to remember forever.
With a focus on learning through play, we offer exciting age-matched activities to support children in gaining confidence, developing their identity and enhancing their health and wellbeing.
Organisational culture is important to us and we strive to build teams of motivated, fun and engaging teachers who children and families can respect and trust.
Effective communication with children and their families underpins everything we do, ensuring we foster respectful relationships and continually improve our program delivery.
We implement our philosophy by;
- Providing a program where children can participate in play opportunities that promote social interaction with peers
- Engaging children in experiences, conversations and routines that promote safety, healthy lifestyles and nutrition
- Listening carefully to children’s ideas and discussing with them how they may be developed
- Providing environments with appropriate levels of challenge where children are encouraged to explore, experiment and take appropriate risks
- Ensuring children have the opportunity to initiate and lead activities and experiences
- Understanding and teaching that competence is not tied to any particular language, dialect or culture
- Responding sensitively and appropriately to children’s conversations
- Acknowledging the importance of opportunities for children to relax through play and leisure
- Supporting the development of children’s friendships
- Acknowledging each child’s uniqueness in positive ways
- Exploring the culture, heritage, backgrounds and traditions of children within the context of their community
- Maintaining high expectations of each child’s capabilities
- Motivating and encouraging children to succeed when they are faced with challenges
- Sharing children’s successes with families
- Modelling care, empathy and respect for children, staff and families
Commitment to child safety
EPIC Holiday Camps is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making. EPIC Holiday Camps has zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives.
Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability. Every person involved in EPIC Holiday Camps has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
In its planning, decision-making and operations EPIC Holiday Camps will;
- Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;
- Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
- Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children
- Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
- Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
- Engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
- Ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
- Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;
- Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
- Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.