Non-stop drama fun for children aged 3.5-4.5, with creative activities that aim to develop self-confidence and performance-awareness.
Stories and acting adventures are devised daily.
Specialised workshop sessions offer a range of carefully selected creative exercises to improve voice-projection, focus, concentration, and confidence. Drama activities will encourage each child to practise listening skills and turn-taking in a fun and creative learning environment. Drama games will nurture the children’s social skills and encourage curiosity and a desire to learn.
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Course time: 9.30am-2.30pm
Your child's group time is confirmed the week before the course date
Dramatots participate in a variety of fun and creative drama games and activities designed to spark curiosity, encourage improvisation and provoke imagination. Specialised daily workshop sessions are structured to include regular toilet trips and breaks, as well as time to play outside in the fresh air.
The structure of a day at Dramatots
On the first day of the course, the teacher will introduce themselves and their assistant to the children, and the children to each other. Throughout the week, as the teacher leads the course, the assistant will repeat instructions as necessary to ensure that all the children are fully aware of what is expected of them, and are confident to participate in all of the group’s activities. In both morning and afternoon sessions, all children will be given the opportunity to lead a game or exercise.
Upon arrival each day, the children will be registered and taken for a toilet-trip, and to wash their hands. The teacher will explain to the group what they will be doing that day.
Warm up and physical/movement games and exercises, aimed to expend energy and channel excitement in a creative, nurturing environment.
Children will have a mid-morning short, supervised snack break.
Creative and imaginative activities and games, to develop self-awareness and performance-awareness. The aim is to build confidence, develop voice-projection/communication and enhance listening skills as the children follow the teacher’s instructions and cues. There is also emphasis on teamwork, taking turns, and working together as a group.
The teacher will ensure that children eat all the food provided.
Focus on story-telling and acting adventures including Dramarama’s special rolling stories; the children will devise stories and acting scenes and are not expected to learn or remember lines; instead they will build on their understanding and retention of a story by repeating the lines spoken by the teacher.
All children are given a character role to play; some stories are original, based on the children’s own ideas and interests, as well as their dressing-up characters, and some are based on excerpts from family-friendly published stories.
Children will be provided with information and cues as an introduction to early stage direction.
End of Day Summary
The drama teacher will provide a recap of the day’s games and activities, reminding children what they have done and encouraging them to recall their favourite game/story/character from the day.
Please note: Dramatots must be aged at least three and a half and have attended nursery school for at least one full term. They must be toilet trained for a minimum of three months and able to use the toilet facilities independently. Dramarama assistants take the children on regular toilet breaks and are on hand to help the children wash and dry their hands, but they do not enter the toilet cubicle and cannot provide intimate care. Children cannot attend the course wearing nappies or pull-ups.
What is Dramatots?
Who is Dramatots for?
Dramatots is for pre-Reception children aged from 3 years 6 months who have been attending nursery school for at least a term. All Dramatots must be confidently toilet trained for a minimum of 3 months, as children cannot attend wearing nappies or pull-ups. Children will be taken on regular toilet trips by the group assistant; however, we are not permitted to enter the cubicle with your child to provide intimate care. If your child does not meet these criteria now, don’t worry! We look forward to welcoming them to Dramarama, once they are ready, on a future holiday camp. We run courses regularly throughout the year, in February, May October Half Terms, as well as Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays.
Please note: Dramatots is just for the children! All Dramarama courses are drop-off sessions and unfortunately, parents and carers cannot stay to watch (or join in!) Dramarama is not able to film any part of the course to share with parents/carers.
What is the Dramatots drop-off and collection procedure?
Please aim to arrive no earlier than five minutes before the course start time. If you are running late, please come to the central drop off point.
You will be advised of your child’s drop-off/collection points the week before the start of the course. All drop-off/collection points are clearly labelled with a number.
What should Dramatots bring to the course?
Please provide a named, nut-free packed lunch each day, in packets/containers that your child can open and close. If you give your child food items such as grapes or cherry tomatoes, please ensure that they are sliced in half, as they can otherwise pose a choking hazard. please ensure all lunch items are fully named, as there are often many similar-looking lunch boxes, bags and cups! Please only provide food that you know your Dramatot will eat! Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities to warm food, and cannot provide tableware or cutlery. You may also provide a small, named, nut-free, mid-morning snack.
Please also provide a named bottle of hand sanitiser and tissues each day. Children should not bring any other items to the course (eg. toys, games, personal/valuable items).
Dramatots should wear comfortable clothing - please ensure that all removable clothing, such as cardigans, hoodies and jackets, are clearly named. Dramatots are welcome to attend the course wearing their favourite dressing up outfits, although this is not compulsory - again, please name everything! Alternatively, your child can bring a prop eg. crown, tiara or similar. To ensure a happy, positive environment, please do not provide toy swords, guns or scary masks, etc.
When I ask my child what they do at Dramatots, they do not give me any information!
It is very common to find at the end of the day that your child does not provide you with much/any information about what they have been doing at Dramatots all day! Here is a selection of some good questions to ask:
What part did you have today in the story?
What was your favourite game?
What was your favourite story today?
My child suffers from separation anxiety, and I know they will cry as soon as I to leave them in the morning. What should I do?
If you have any concerns that your child will suffer separation anxiety, please consider first if now is the right time to try the course, it may be too soon for your child. If your child is not ready to be left yet, don’t worry! We look forward to welcoming them to Dramarama on a future holiday camp. We run courses regularly throughout the year, in February, May October Half Terms, as well as Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays.
My child has never attended a holiday course before - do I have to enrol for the whole week?
Our courses are booked weekly, we do not offer daily bookings.
I need to pick my child up early one day. How do I arrange this?
Please email the office in advance to arrange this (ideally by 12pm the Thursday before the course).
My child has nursery friends also attending. Can they all be together?
Yes, of course! We will always ensure where possible that friends are in the same Dramatots group. Please email the names of other friends also joining us, as we do not automatically know which nurseries and schools the children attend.
Can my child be in the same group as their sibling?
Children attend Dramarama in age-related groups, so siblings can attend together if they are the correct age to be in the same group.
I love to see my child perform – can I come to watch some of the course?
Unfortunately, parents/carers are not permitted on-site to watch any part of the course, including the Fun Day, and Dramarama is not able to record any part of the course to share with parents/carers.
Where should I drop-off and collect my child?
We will email their group name, along with the drop-off/collection points, the week before the start of the course. All drop-off/collection points are clearly labelled with a number.
What happens if I am running late one morning for drop off?
If you are more than five minutes late, please drop-off at the central drop-off point. This information will be emailed the week before the course.
What is the earliest time I can drop-off?
Please drop-off no earlier than 5 minutes before the course start time.
What should my child bring with them each day?
Please provide a named, nut-free packed lunch each day, in packets/containers that your child can open and close. If you give your child food items such as grapes or cherry tomatoes, please ensure that they are sliced in half, as they can otherwise pose a choking hazard. Please also provide a named bottle of hand sanitiser and tissues each day. Children should not bring any other items to the course (eg. toys, games, personal/valuable items).
I have two children attending the course, and their course times are different. Can I collect them at the same time, so I don’t have to wait around?
Children must be collected from their individual collection points; we cannot arrange for siblings to be collected together. Our staggered collection times and points are organised to ensure that by the time you have collected one child, your second child will be ready for collection at their point.
What should my child wear?
Your child should wear comfortable clothes, and can attend wearing their favourite dressing up clothes. Please ensure that all removable clothing is clearly named. If the weather is warm, please apply sunscreen in the morning, and provide a sun hat or cap.
Will my child be able to play outside, to get some fresh air?
All children have the opportunity to play outside in the playground, weather permitting. On sunny days, please ensure that your child has a sun hat, and is wearing sunscreen.
Can my nanny collect my child from the course?
Yes, please include on the registration form the names of all adults authroised to collect. After that, please inform your child’s teacher of collection information at drop off. If you’d prefer to email any information not included on the registration form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before 12pm on the Thursday before the course.
Are there any parking restrictions I should be aware of?
During term time, only electric vehicles are allowed to access Nutley Terrace, Netherhall Gardens, and Maresfield Gardens, between 8am-9am and 3pm-4.15pm. Dramarama has an email confirming that restrictions should not apply during private and state school holidays, and that the sign is closed when restrictions are active. However, the sign remains open (indicating restrictions are in place) when only private schools are on holiday, so please be mindful of this.
My child will scoot or cycle to and from the course; can they leave their scooter/bike on-site for the day?
Unfortunately no personal items, including bikes, can be left on site.
Can I contact Dramarama during the course?
Rest assured, you will be contacted immediately if your child is unwell, or there any issue arises with your child during the course. If you need to provide any additional information – eg. changes of names of adults authorised to collect, etc. – please email email@example.com
If I have any further questions, who should I ask?
In the first instance, please direct all questions and queries to the Dramarama office - email firstname.lastname@example.org