Kids Camps – daily child care ages 3yrs to 6th grade
Children from ages 3 and up are divided into appropriate groups where age-related activities are planned to fit each age group.
Depending upon how many children of various ages actually attend any particular one-week session, we may change these groups in order to fit the needs of the children present. Children in the younger age groups stay close to camp, while older children explore the local community. They also venture into Santa Barbara to visit local parks, Marine Science touch tanks, and the beach; as well as for bike riding, bowling, etc.
Q – How will my child be assigned to an age group?
A – Children are grouped according to the year in school they will be going into in the fall.
Q – Can I request my child to be moved to another age group?
A - We discourage moving children to other age groups because the planned activities will be appropriate to that age group’s skills and development. Many times during camp, age groups will combine to participate in larger camp activities so siblings and friends in other age groups can see each other.
Q – Do you provide one-on-one care for special needs?
A – Our kids groups are supervised by a ratio of 1:10 for our school-aged children and 1:8 for children ages 3-4. One-on-one care can be pre-arranged with the FVC management; see babysitting for rates.
Q – How much time do the children spend in kids groups each day?
A – The schedule for time spent in kids groups is as follows:
Sunday: 9:00am – 12:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Monday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 12:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Q – Is there babysitting available for times that kids groups are not in session?
A – Babysitting is available and provided by the FVC staff. Many guests choose to take advantage of this during the adult-only evening events. Babysitting can be booked on your pre-arrival form or during your vacation. Babysitting rates range from $10-$15 per hour depending on the number of children in your party.
Q – What do my children need to bring to kids groups?
A – A daily schedule of activities will be provided for parents at check-in with a list of items your child will need to bring each day. We suggest packing a small backpack to hold swimsuits, sunscreen and sweatshirts for evening programs.
Q – What is your policy on children with cell phones?
A – We encourage children to stay off cell phones during kids groups unless it is an emergency. If you would like your child to carry a phone to stay in touch with you, we ask that it is kept in their backpack and only used for emergencies.
Q – Do children travel off campus for field trips?
A – On Mondays, kids groups (kindergarten ages and up) will travel within the local area for a field trip. Field trip transportation will be by school bus. Children ages 3-4 will participate in field trips around campus and the local walking area.
On Thursdays, kids groups (ages 3 and up) will travel to the local beach. Beach Day transportation will be in 12-passenger vans with car seats and booster seats. California law requires children under 4 years or 40lbs to be in a car seat and children under 6 years or 60lbs to be in a booster seat. We ask parents to provide car seats (arrangements can be made if you did not travel with a car seat). Booster seats will be provided by the FVC for travel on this day.
Q – How do meal times work during kids groups?
A – We ask that children have breakfast with their families before being dropped off for morning sessions. If kids groups are during a lunch or dinner meal period, we will take the children to the dining commons or provide a meal during field trip times.