Do you have any questions about Raising Explorers Services?

You can call us on 01274 493 034 or alternatively please complete the form below and someone from our office will be in touch.

Our Locations

Raising Explorers - Manningham, Carlisle Business Centre, Carlisle Rd, Bradford, BD8 8BD

Raising Explorers - Thornbury, Carter Gate Works, Thornbury Rd, Bradford, BD3 8HE

Raising Explorers - Manningham

Do you have a question about our centre or what we do here? If so, please feel free to write the details here and send the form to us. We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Alternatively you can contact us by telephone on 01274 493034.

Our full postal address is Raising Explorers, Carlisle Business Centre, Carlisle Road, Bradford, BD8 8BD.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

How do I apply for a place for my child?

In order to enrol your child at Raising Explorers a simple straight forward registration form needs to be completed. Upon completion of the application form, your child will be given a place in a class depending on space availability. If the maximum capacity has been reached for the centre then your child’s name will be placed on a waiting list with an expected enrolment date provided.

We encourage parents to come with their children and visit our centre in order to fully appreciate our friendly, safe and nurturing environment. It is highly recommended that you call the centre first, rather than just turn up. Since we are a very busy centre, making an appointment will prevent long waiting times. A visit to the centre can help alleviate any worries or concerns that you may have and give you an opportunity to ask any relevant questions.

What age groups do you cater for?

We provide our services for children and young people between the ages of 5 – 15.

When do I need to pay?

Payments are to be made on a weekly or monthly basis and the preferred mode of payment is via a standing order setup with your bank. There is no reduction in fees for temporary absence due to holidays or sickness.

Receipts are prepared monthly for payments received and will be available to collect from the office at the beginning of each month.

What services do you offer?

Raising Explorers offers parents 6 core services:

  1. Drop in Childcare Service 7 days a week - Parents can choose to utilise this service without booking any sessions. Childcare rooms and services are available any day of the week for parents just to turn up at the door
  2. Academic Tuition - Each Saturday for Key Stages 1, 2 ,3 and 4 we have dedicated and experienced school teachers who are qualified to teach children in the subjects of Maths, English and Science
  3. Homework Support Room Service 7 days a week - We offer qualified teachers daily to support children with any homework needs in a dedicated homework room with IT facilities
  4. School Holiday Club and Activities - Each school holiday we extend our opening hours to support parents with Childcare from 8.30am to 7.00pm. We plan a fun packed timetable to ensure children are enjoying time off school with fun childcare activities such as arts and crafts, baking, games rooms, sports and much much more...
  5. Quran and Madrassa Service - For those parents wanting Quran with Tajweed and Islamic Studies for their child, then we offer both Islamically and Academically Qualified Staff. We teach classroom format learning for your child, just as they would be taught at school through the week. We offer parents 4 alternative options. Weekday Madrassa, Weekend Madrassa, SEN Madrassa or a Sunday Madrassa
  6. Language School - Available each Sunday. Children are offered the opportunity to learn a language by attending our Urdu School and Arabic School taught by qualified subject teachers. Each language school has a developed curriculum that we follow

Do you DBS check teachers and other members of staff?

We use safe recruitment practices to ensure that all people working with children in our care are safe and qualified to do so. All our dedicated and qualified staff hold a satisfactory enhanced DBS check in accordance with Ofsted regulations.

Pick up Service

As part of our childcare service, we provide transport for children to be collected from their schools and dropped off at Raising Explorers.

This service is provided by Raising Explorers staff and one of our trusted partners, a reputable local taxi firm. All transport vehicles are fully insured and the drivers hold an enhanced DBS check. We put passwords and checks in place to ensure the safety of your child is always put first.

Hot Meals

Here at Raising Explorers we believe that it is essential that all meals children have are well balanced and packed with nutrients so that they have adequate energy levels until their next meal time.

Taking this into consideration we believe that it is fundamental for children to be provided with healthy and nutritional hot food during their time at the club.

Children that arrive straight from school are provided with a hot meal. We also provide balanced nutritional snacks which include fresh fruit, toast, fruit juice and fresh drinking water is available at all times. Individual dietary requirements and parental preferences are met wherever possible.

Do you open in the school holidays?

Raising Explorers is open during school holidays and we follow the holiday dates listed by Bradford Education. We are open for extended hours during the holiday periods. The centre opens from 8:30am – 7:00pm (Monday to Friday) and weekend timings remain unchanged. We will be closed on days that are marked red on most calendars - Christmas day, Easter weekend, Bank holidays and Eid days. We remain open throughout the school summer break.

Each school holiday we extend our opening hours to support parents with Childcare from 8.30am to 7.00pm. We plan a fun packed timetable to ensure children are enjoying time off school with fun childcare activities such as arts and crafts, baking, games rooms, sports and much much more...

What happens if my child was to become ill whilst at the club?

We keep a record of your contact details and the child’s next of Kin in case we can't reach you in an emergency and those of the family doctor. We also keep a record of any medical conditions your child may have. If your child becomes ill or sustains an injury we would make contact with you using the information provided on your registration form and ask for them to be collected or taken to the hospital. There will always be a First Aider on the premises.

What happens if I am running late to collect my child?

Please inform us as soon as you can if you are running late.

If you are going to arrive later than our closing time we will need to keep 2 members of staff onsite until all children have been collected. If we know you are going to be late we can make an arrangement with our staff team and ensure your child knows that you will be arriving late. We could impose a late payment fee. If we do not hear from you after 20 minutes then a next of kin will be contacted to collect the child.

How is the progress of students learning assessed?

All learners undertake a comprehensive initial assessment where we assess their current strengths and weaknesses. Subsequently an individual learning plan is compiled by the subject teacher detailing both short and long term targets and an appropriate timescale to achieve them.

Do you have parent’s evenings to discuss student’s progress?

At Raising Explorers we make sure that your child receives very focused and levelled reports. Parental involvement is highly encouraged hence parents evenings are held every quarter where we offer parents the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress and go through any concerns that they may have.

Is there any financial support available?

You may qualify for extra support through Tax Credits or Universal Credit to help with childcare costs. The amount of help available to you is dependent on your personal circumstances, which includes your household income and your childcare costs. You could get help of up to 70%-85% of childcare costs covered by either benefit.

Working Tax Credits Childcare Support

The actual amount you receive will depend on your income and your childcare costs. In order for this extra support you would need to fit the following criteria:

Single parents must work 16 hours or more per week to be eligible for the credit or if you are part of a couple, both you and your partner need to be in paid employment of 16 or more hours a week. However, you will also be eligible if one of you works 16 or more hours per week and the other does not work, but is in hospital, in prison, entitled to Carer’s Allowance or incapacitated for childcare purposes. To find out if you might be eligible, visit the gov.uk website, which has a calculator.
Childcare you can get help paying for (Gov.uk)


Universal Credit Childcare Support

The actual amount you receive will depend on your income and your childcare costs. In order for this extra support you would need to fit the following criteria:

Single parents must be working, it does not matter how many hours you work but must be in paid employment. You can also get support towards childcare the minute you have a job offer. If you are part of a couple, both you and your partner need to be in paid employment, it does not matter how many hours you work. However, you will also be eligible if one of you works or and the other does not work, but is in hospital, in prison, entitled to Carer’s Allowance or incapacitated for childcare purposes. To find out if you might be eligible, visit the gov.uk website, which has a calculator.
Universal Credit and childcare (Gov.uk)

Can I see your policies?

Below are List of Policies that are used at Raising Explorers:

All our policies are available for viewing at the Raising Explorers Office. These can be made available to view at a time to suit you; all we ask is that you let us know you wish to see them prior to dropping in, so that you do not endure any unnecessary waiting for someone to assist you.

Travelling by train?

You can book family train tickets to help you get to Raising Explorers. You will save money on train tickets and child fare by visiting the following website.
Family train tickets (thetrainline.com)

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