What is the CAA? A UK First that Parents Need to Know About
Most parents take their children to groups and classes to do things like baby yoga, massage, football, gymnastics, crafts and more but did you know that up until 2 years ago, classes held for 0-12-year-olds had never been regulated or accredited to ensure that children attending them were safe, and that a code of practice was being followed. That’s quite shocking!
What is the CAA?
Thanks to the Children’s Activities Association (CAA), this alarming gap has now been filled and parents can now easily get peace of mind on a range of important issues such as insurance, health and safety, criminal record checks, training, qualifications, class content and much more just by asking one question when choosing classes and activities – “Are you a CAA member?”
CAA was set up by a mother, who herself was stunned to hear there was no governing body in place to monitor children’s activities. It’s a non-profit organisation here to make a change and help reassure parents across the country. The first two years have been amazing and now over 200k children in the UK attend a CAA member activity every week.
Of course, there are still many classes running without the CAA accreditation so do ask and help raise awareness about CAA.
“CAA is committed to setting and raising standards in all organised children’s activities across the UK. This ground-breaking national initiative has truly revolutionised the industry and the way that parents can now make choices with their pioneering Code of Practice and an accreditation system that parents can trust.
Activity providers joining the CAA commit to the Code of Practice and the very thorough accreditation programme thus clearly demonstrating their drive to deliver the very best for children and their passion for excellence. The CAA brand gives recognition to those providers who excel and gives parents a ‘benchmark’ – the reassurance they need when selecting classes for their little ones from the myriad of providers out there. From baby massage to swimming, gymnastics to crafts and football to yoga, ensuring that the provider is a CAA member is now a very important part of the decision-making process for mums, dads and carers.”
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