Lighthouse Great Missenden

Parents

Lighthouse runs between 10.30 and 15.30 each day. We welcome all children up to the age of 12 (at 31st August) to attend. Children aged 13 years old and over are able to come to Lighthouse as helpers. Lighthouse is split into four sections:

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The toddlers and their parents/carers meet each morning until 12.15 in the Memorial Hall for singing and crafts. Pre-registration not required.

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Children aged six to eleven spend their week in the Lighthouse tent. The tens and elevens have their own tent for drop off and pick up. Pre-registration required.

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The four and five year olds spend their week in the Ark Tent. The fives are with us all day, whilst the fours leave at 12.45. Pre-registration required.

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The twelve year olds have their own tent. In the afternoons, they either complete Lamplighter training or join the 12s Band. Pre-registration required.

Each day, the children will enjoy games, crafts, singing, drama and teachings from the Bible.

Please read our FAQ section below for any questions you may have. If your question is not answered, please contact the Children's Registration Team who will be happy to help.

Have you ever thought about helping at Lighthouse? We are run entirely by volunteers and are always looking for more help. If you can spare a few hours or the whole week please check out our helpers page for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children to Lighthouse this summer.

Frequently asked questions

Can my child attend Lighthouse?

Lighthouse is open to all children subject to ticket availability. We do our best to accomodate all the children that apply but for safety reasons we have to limit the numbers so tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis. Children can register to come to Lighthouse up to 12years old (on 31st August), when they are 13 or over they can register as helpers.

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I don't live in Great Missenden, can my child still attend?

Yes, all children are welcome subject to ticket availability.

Lighthouse also runs in Burnham, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Marlow, Princes Risborough & Thame, so you may find that one of these is a closer option for you.

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Can friends be put in the same Lighthouse (group)?

Friends who wish to be in the same Lighthouse group must arrive together on the first day and we will try, where possible, to keep them together. They must be in the same age group. We are unable to allocate places in specific Lighthouses before this time.

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Do we have to be Christians to attend Lighthouse?

No, all children are welcome. Lighthouse is a Christian based holiday week so the children will be exposed to Christian teaching.

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Do we have to attend church to attend Lighthouse?

No, all children are welcome. Lighthouse is a Christian based holiday week so the children will be exposed to Christian teaching.

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How much does it cost?

Lighthouse makes no charge for children to attend. However, we do have to pay for all the tentage and other equipment that goes towards making Lighthouse such a brilliant experience for the children. So your donations are vital. It costs us about £70 per child to put the week on.

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How will be child be looked after at Lighthouse?

When you arrive at Lighthouse, your child will be allocated to a Lighthouse within their age group. This a group of about 20 children. They are looked after by an adult Lighthouse Keeper and typically two teenage Lamplighters. The Lighthouse Keeper and Lamplighters will be with the children in their Lighthouse all day, including lunch time. They will help the children with all the activities that they do during the day. At the end of the day you must collect your child from the Lighthouse Keeper or Lamplighter. Lighthouse Keepers are not allowed to let children go off on their own at any time, including the end of the day. For this reason it is very useful if you remember the name of the Lighthouse your child is in.

All helpers over the age of 16 are CRB checked.

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How will you keep my child safe at Lighthouse?

Lighthouse is organised to ensure that the safety of children entrusted to us is paramount. Before the event the site and all of the activities carried out are assessed for risk in line with our health and safety policy and any significant findings addressed. Our management structure ensures oversight and supervision of helpers at all times. We have a child protection policy that is strictly adhered to and a child protection officer. There is also back up from church organisations and local authorities. A firstaid team is on-site whenever children are present.

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I have received tickets for the whole week but my child can only attend for part of the time.

Don't worry, all children are issued with a full set of tickets. If your child can't attend on a particular day you do not need to return the ticket for that day. Please note, all tickets are child specific and so cannot be transferred.

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My child can't attend one day, can I use the ticket for another child?

No. Every ticket is issued to a named child and only the named child can use the ticket. If a different child uses the ticket we have no knowledge of health issues or contact details of that child so we are unable to care for them in case of an emergency.

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I need to collect my child before the end of the day, what should I do?

If it is essential for you to collect your child before the end of the day you should tell the Lighthouse Keeper and the admin office when you drop your child off in the morning. When you come to collect them you should go to the admin office, where your child will be brought to meet you. Please do not take your child away without telling the Lighthouse Keeper AND the admin office.

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I need to bring my child to Lighthouse late, is that OK?

If you are bringing your child to Lighthouse late please go to the admin office where your child will be registered and then taken to join their Lighthouse group.

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Can my child be put in a different age group?

The content of the programme is designed to suit the relevant age group. Occasionally a child may be put into a younger age group if this would seem more suitable. If you wish or need, your child to go in an age group below their actual birth age, please contact the Children's Registrations Team. Please note: we cannot put children into an older age group.

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How do I know where to take and collect my child?

Each age group has a designated assembly and collection point. Please refer to the site plan which you can find in the information sent out with your tickets.

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What is the last date I can register my child for Lighthouse?

The online registration system normally closes a couple of weeks before Lighthouse. If spaces are still available we will take bookings on site on the Saturday morning immediately prior to Lighthouse. Please note: there is no guarantee that there will still be places available in all age groups.

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Where can I obtain an application form?

Children can be registered online here from late May. If for any reason you are unable to register online, please contact the Children's Registration Team.

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How to I get my children’s tickets?

Once the registration team prints your tickets you will receive an email telling you they are ready for collection or asking you to send an SAE if you’d like them posted to you. It will take a few days for the team to do this, so please be patient.

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Do I need to register my child for toddler Lighthouse?

Toddler Lighthouse is for children under 4 and takes place every morning during Lighthouse week until 12.15. Parents/carers are required to stay with their children. No registration is required, just turn up.

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How do I make a donation to Lighthouse?

You can make a donation to Lighthouse in a number of different ways:

  • During the children's registration process there is an opportunity for you to make a donation through PayPal. This donation can be Gift Aided.
  • Alternatively, you can send a cheque made payable to "Lighthouse 88" to Lighthouse Missenden, PO Box 619, Great Missenden, Bucks, HP16 0WT. If you would like this donation to be Gift Aided, please include a signed and dated Gift Aid statement saying: "I wish this donation of £x to Lighthouse 88 to be treated as a Gift Aid Donation. I confirm that I expect to pay Income or Capital Gains Tax equal to the tax you will claim on my donation."
  • On site during Lighthouse week, you will find donation boxes at various points and Gift Aid envelopes will be available too.

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How is Lighthouse governed?

Lighthouse is a registered charity and full details, including the names of trustees, are shown on the Charity Commissions website. A management committee, operating under a chairman, treasurer and secretary, organises the event on the ground.

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