Additional Childcare

Babysitting Services

Childcare Services works with an out of hours childcare provider, Oxford Sitters. Oxford Sitters supplies local, qualified childcare professionals with first aid training for evening and weekend babysitting roles. All sitters are recruited using Oxfordshire safer recruitment procedures and are personally interviewed and reference checked by the company owner. Please see the Oxford Sitters website for further details: University of Oxford employees receive discounted rates – please use the code ‘oxforduni’ when making reservations.

Holiday Playschemes

The University works in partnership with playscheme provides to support families during the school holiday periods. Please see information below for provider details.

Create Holiday Club Oxford Montessory Schools (Forest Farm)

'Create' has now been successfully running for over 5 years.   We employ qualified teachers, so the children can learn as well as have fun at the playscheme.  ‘Create’ takes place at Forest Farm, our farm school environment in Elsfield.  We cook, paint, walk, take part in drama, music and dance, learn bushcraft skills and care for animals (our ponies, hens & peacock).  Our history teacher Taryn leads special workshops during the summer holidays and, as she is also a costume maker, the children are able to dress up in period costumes.  They adore playing Tudors or Elizabethans for the day.  There is a bus services from various destinations in central Oxford.  Please click Oxford Montessori Create for further information.

Please follow the link: Create Holiday Club.  Click here to book.



Oxford Active: Active Camps

Active Camps provide school holiday camps for children. Whether your child wants to join us for one day, one week or the entire holiday, our wide range of fun and exciting activities will be something they remember forever.

Our camps are located in local schools with fantastic facilities – both indoor and out. Combine that with our vast array of equipment and activities and your child will be envy of all their friends…if they’re not already on the same camp!

Our activities change daily, weekly and monthly so your kids will never get bored. Drama and dance, arts and crafts, all types of sport both traditional and wacky, assault courses, archery, canoeing, swimming, outdoor pursuits, gladiators, cooking, music, tug of war, bush craft and Paralympics are just some of the things your child could get up to.

The activities offered give children the chance to learn and experience new things that might not be available to them throughout the school year. It can be a life-changing experience that helps children to grow physically, mentally and socially – all whilst having fun!

Our camps take place at the following venues:

Oxford High School

West Oxford Camp

Oxford Active are offering Oxford University staff and student parents a 10% discount on all published prices.  Childcare vouchers are also accepted.  Please visit for more information.


Whether you're looking for regular childcare or ad-hoc days to split up the school holidays our timetables offer children aged 4-12 a fantastic mix of high and low energy indoor and outdoor activities. Every day includes arts and crafts, construction, board games, toys, role play, music and dance. nature and a range of sports to entertain children in a sociable caring environment.

St. Andrews Primary School in Headington, Oxford offers excellent facilities and for peace of mind KIDACTIVE is Ofsted registered. Our staff are enthusiastic, skilled and determined to make every child's day memorable!

We offer daily and weekly packages with a 10% discount to Oxford University employees.

For more information see:

Premier Tennis

Premier Tennis are the Uk's No. 1 provider of tennis camps for kids. We have been running these camps for over 10 years, and deliver a programme designed by James Auckland, former GB doubles no. 1 and doubles partner of Andy Murray. The week-long camps are packed with ways to build skills, enjoy fresh-air fun and instill confidence. We run individual challenges and team games every day with lots of prizes.

Thousands of chldren have been on our camps and loved them! Kids of all standards are welcome, especially if they've never playd tennis before.

We run camps at Dragon (North Oxford), Rye St Antony (Headington), Moulsford, Wantage and St High's (Faringdon). All of our facilities are top class and all coaches LTA qualified and DBS checked. Ages 5-15 welcome. Camps run every day from 10am - 4pm in Easter, May Half Term, and Summer Holidays. Check our website to see when individual camps are running.

We offer a 20% discount for Oxford University staff. To book your child(ren) onto our camps, please go to  or call us on 01865 689754

Mini-Media Creative Workshops

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Providing skills based creative workshops for children 5-11 years in Oxford mini-Media Creative Workshops are run by professional artists/designers and illustrators with the background of an early years practitioner to offer high quality child care. The workshops are run in several formats:

  • After school workshops - based in local schools and run straight after school finishes
  • In-school workshops - delivered by our Mini-Media Creatives team on request by local schools
  • Holiday Workshops - specialist themed full day workshops with an emphasis on indoor and outdoor creative activities

There is more information on our web site and examples of the projects we have created with the children. If you are interested in our after school or holiday workshops, please contact us at:


Ultimate Activity Camps - 15%  off for Oxford University staff: active camps

Ultimate Activity Camps are an Oxford-based provider of premium activity holiday day camps for children aged 4-14, with camps running at Headington School and Beachborough School (Brackley). Run by a team with over 25 years' experience of running high quality activity camps, children will have the opportunity to try over 40 exciting activities each week, meet friends and learn new skills.

We have learnt that there are three magic ingredients for the Ultimate Activity Camp - inspiring and friendly staff, exciting activities and fantastic facilities - we will deliver this every day, and in every activity. From motor quads and fencing, to ultimate inflatables and swimming, Ultimate Activity Camps are bursting with fantastic activities - they'll wish the day was longer!

Our camps are Ofsted registered, our staff are DBS cleared and we accept Childcare Vouchers as payment. We are so confident that your child will have a great experience on camp, that we offer a money-back 'Ultimate Guarantee'.

Oxford University staff receive 15% off standard rates - for more information, visit or to make a booking call 0844 870 7077.


Childcare Voucher Scheme 

The Childcare Voucher Scheme can be used at the Oxford Active, Create, Ultimate Activity Camps, Premier Tennis and KidActive holiday playschemes.