Short breaks - Short breaks programme for children with disabilities
We run a short break programme for disabled children, young people and their families. A short break can range from a session at an after-school club, a few hours at a leisure or sports activity group, attendance at a holiday club or an overnight stay. It provides disabled children and young people with an opportunity to develop new friendships and take part in new experiences.
In addition there are lots of groups and activities for you to take part in with your child.
All children’s centres have drop in groups where you can stay and play with your child. These may be general play sessions or activity based such as messy places or singing sessions. Some children’s centres hold sessions for children under five with SEN or disability.
Children's Centres (opens a page in Community Section of this AfC info website)
Parent and toddler groups
These are groups for you to attend with your child. They will give you a chance to meet other parents and for you and your child to play together with other children.
These groups are usually run by other parents or volunteers. Some are drop in but others may require you to make contact before attending to check that there is not a waiting list. If you are unsure whether the group will be suitable for your child then it would be sensible to make contact first to speak to the organisers to help you decide. It might be a good idea to arrange a visit without your child so you can see what the group is like.
Other leisure activities
Our local offer directory contains details of groups that offer activities that are specifically aimed at children with SEN or a disability and some activities groups that have we know are fully accessible and inclusive.
Libraries in both boroughs will welcome you and your child. They offer reading and rhyme time sessions and activities during school holidays. Most are free or low cost.
Libraries also offer audio or “talking books”.
Our aim is to ask and encourage all activity providers in future to include information about accessibility and suitability for children with SEN or a disability and to improve the information on the Local Offer.