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Information for parents

Over the years the Young Kennel Club have seen many families who have had more than one family member benefit from being a YKC member. Some families have generations who have been members of the Club, whilst others currently have more than one child on board! The members themselves often tell us how much they love being a part of the YKC, as do the parents

"Joining the YKC is the start of an adventure for both the kids and their dogs. It is a fantastic opportunity to enhance their bond through many different forms of interaction. The competitions, training and advice available through the YKC is second to none, and when they appear in the YKC ring at Crufts it is the pinnacle of achievement. "

Phil Lloyd (father of Amy Lloyd, YKC member for 4 years)

“I think it's great for kids to join YKC as it gives them a wider education and the opportunity to learn more about subjects that interest them. They read independently through the 'Fetch' magazine, the articles are filled with facts yet written in a way that makes it fun and easily understood. They have been given opportunities to compete against their peers, helping them to develop great social skills alongside fabulous sportsmanship. Their confidence has grown and they are all outgoing, polite, independent and sociable young people.”

Ellen Barraclough (mother of Madison, Neve and Xander Barraclough, YKC members for 5, 3 and 2 years respectively)

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School Absence during Crufts

Crufts is a four day event, and competitions are inevitably held on some school days. The Department of Education advises that it is for the Head Teacher to decide whether to allow a pupil to attend personal development activities during term time and parents need to apply to the school Head Teacher demonstrating that exceptional circumstances warrant taking their child out of school during term time for personal development activities.*

It would then be for the Head Teacher to consider the merits of the parent’s application and whether their case is exceptional.

It should be absolutely clear that where a Head Teacher does not grant a request for leave of absence, parents should not take their child out of school. If parents do choose to take their child/ren out of school without permission this may result in them being issued with a penalty notice or prosecuted.

If a Head Teacher should wish to contact the Young Kennel Club to confirm the benefits and developmental and educational quality of the YKC activity, we can be contacted on ykc@thekennelclub.org.uk or 020 7518 1030.

*Note With regards to educational activity, schools have the authority to arrange or agree for pupils to undertake part of their education outside the school premises. An approved educational activity is an activity which takes place outside the school premises which is: approved by the school; of an educational nature; and is supervised by someone authorised by the school. The school needs to decide at a local level whether to approve an educational activity, taking into account the individual circumstance of each pupil.

Membership Offer

Did you know that the Young kennel Club offers a membership discount for each sibling that joins the Club? If you have more than one child that would thrive off of being a member of the UK’s largest club for young dog lovers, then benefit from our sibling discount when you join here.


Please be advised that Young Kennel Club members may be photographed or filmed at events, either individually or in a group and that these images may be used for Kennel Club purposes only. To opt out of any images of yourself or your child being used from Young Kennel Club activities or events you can email us.

Cancellation Policy

We recognise that on some occasions, members will book onto events and subsequently find that they are unable to attend. In these situations we ask that you notify us of the need to cancel as soon as possible. Similarly we will, on occasion, find it necessary to cancel an event. When this need arises we are committed to taking positive steps to alert you to the cancellation as soon as possible. For further information, click here.

Child Protection policy

The Kennel Club has a duty of care to safeguard all children involved in its licensed activities from harm. All children have a right to protection, and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account. The Kennel Club will ensure the safety and protection of all children involved through adherence to the Child Protection guidelines adopted by the Kennel Club. Read more.