Chorlton Out of School Hours (COSH) opened in 1992. It was and remains a parent and carer run organisation. COSH is a thriving care scheme and play setting catering for children attending Chorlton Park Primary School. It provides care for children at the start and end of the school day. COSH caters for children aged 3-11.
Cosh operates on weekdays during term-time, except for bank holidays. The morning session is 8.00am-9.00am and the afternoon session is 3.20pm-6.00pm.
Cosh is regulated by OFSTED and a member of the Out of School Alliance.
The primary objective of Cosh is to provide good quality child care for our children who attend Chorlton park primary school as well as providing a safe and secure environment to enhance children’s learning opportunities, social, emotional, physical and intellectual development through play.
The scheme seeks to provide a caring environment which recognises values and respects equally the diverse cultural, ethnic, race and class backgrounds of all children, parents, carers and staff. In line with similar after school provision we have an equal opportunities policy.
Cosh aims to provide children with realistic expectations of behaviour, including appropriate language, physical contact and care of the equipment.
How COSH operates
COSH is an independent company, run as a not for profit cooperative, with a management committee made up of parents / carers and members of COSH staff. The committee is elected each year at an AGM and is formally and legally responsible for overseeing the operation of COSH.
Although the scheme is managed separately from the school, we enjoy an excellent and mutually beneficial relationship. COSH depends on the school for its generous support. COSH senior staff and the chairperson liaise regularly with the school’s senior staff and management team.