The purpose of the Family Programme is to provide a hands-on activity stream (particularly suited to 3-12 year olds), and a 'chill-out' space so that the younger members of the convention can have space to act their age. It is not child-minding, and children are expected to have a parent or designated guardian in the room with them at all times. Other members of the convention are welcome to come and join the activities or just have a chat.
Room requirements Ideally there should be two 'areas' to the family programme space. One portion of the space should be suitable for crafting, the other suitable for sitting and reading. Ideally there should be easy access to a toilet (and potentially a bath in case of accidents!) and a single exit.
Materials Change table/mat Microwave Clock Wipes Tissues There should be a copy of the Family Room programme at the door. There should also be a copy of the full programme at the sign in table.
Programme items People running programme items are not expected to look after the children in the room, merely provide an activity to distract them. In general, programme items should run for about half an hour only (some high interest items, like Plush Toy Wars, may run for an hour). Over an Easter convention, programming will begin on Friday morning. It will run from the opening of programming each day until the dinner break, with a break at lunchtime. On Friday, items are best scheduled for half an hour out of every hour (based on the number of attendees), and Sunday, programming does not really need to begin before lunchtime. Monday, no programming (or minimal... Maybe videos) is necessary, but the space and some chill out materials are essential, as all the kids are really tired and may need space!