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The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011, requires Local Authorities,  to provide a range of short breaks for families with disabled children (age 0-18yrs). In Reading this is provided by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC). Short breaks form part of a continuum of services, which support disabled children and their families.

Short breaks are provided to give:

  • Children and young people with a disability enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, thereby contributing to their personal and social development and reducing social isolation;
  • Parents, carers and families a necessary and valuable break from caring responsibilities.

These breaks can include day, evening, overnight and weekend activities and can take place in the child’s own home, the home of an approved carer, a residential or community setting. What is a Short Break explained.

They can last just a few hours to a few days, and occasionally longer, depending on the type of provision and the needs of the child and their families. 

Updated - September 2023

SEND Short Breaks February 2024 Half Term Holiday Sessions

Reading Short Breaks are part funded by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC

February 2024 Half Term Holiday SEND Short Breaks with Reading Play

Funded by Brighter Futures for Children

SEND February 2024 Half Term Holiday Short Breaks Sessions - Reading Play

Reading Play welcomes you to The Ranger Station as your SEND half term provider, we will be holding two sessions on the Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th February 2024.  We will be hosting a range of activities for the sessions which include:

Session one

10am – 12:30pm Age 4 to 7 years

  • Low ropes
  • Art and crafts
  • Bird box making
  • Soft archery
  • Mini golf

 

Session two

 1:30pm to 4pm – Age 8 to 12 years

  • Climbing wall
  • Archery
  • Mini golf
  • Fire pit and marshmallow making
  • Dodgeball

 

Some activities listed above maybe weather dependent, therefore we will ensure that we have alternative activities planned.

Important

Please be aware that any young people attending will be supported within a ratio of no greater than 1:4 and to participate in the activities young people will be offered instructions and be supervised by instructors, where we feel a young person is unable to participate in our range of activities or has not settled to the point we do not feel we can provide the level of enjoyment we wish, we will contact carers and parents and this may result in collection.

Further details including how to book can be found here Reading Directory | February 2024 Half Term Holiday SEND Short Breaks Sessions

SEND Short Breaks - February Half Term Play Camps By Reading FC Community Trust

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This February half term we are running our SEND Play Camps for 5 to 7 years old. The camps will take place on the 12th and 13th February from 10:00 - 13:00 at The Avenue School in Reading. Our staff have experience with working in SEND settings and with SEND children. 

During the camp we will provide activities such as: 

Messy Play 

Outdoor play 

Sensory Play and much more. 

There will be a break time during the camp so please provide a snack for your child. 

Further information and how to book can be found here Reading Directory | SEND Short Breaks - February Half Term Play Camps By Reading FC Community Trust

SEND Short Breaks - February Half Term Multi sport Camps By Reading FC Community Trust

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Our Multi Sport camps are happening this February half term from Monday 12th till Wednesday 14th. They are taking place at The Avenue School in Reading. Our staff are multi sports qualified and have experience working with SEND. 

 

The camps are for children and young people with SEND aged 8 years to 18 years old and will run from 10:30 - 14:00. Over the course of the 3 days the children will engage in the following sports: 

Basketball 

Football 

Cricket 

Specialist sports 

Further information and how to book can be found here Reading Directory | SEND Short Breaks - February Half Term Multi sport Camps By Reading FC Community Trust

SEND Short Breaks -Chance to Dance Stars CIC - Dance and Multi Activity Program

Short breaks are available for Reading children aged 5 years to 18 years old. 

February Holiday Camp 12th to 16th February 10am to 4pm 

We cater for children 5 years to 25 years at all our activities. (discounted short breaks not available for 19-25yrs)

Chance to Dance Stars CIC will provide group activities for children & young people with disabilities to have new experiences with sport and dance, to have fun and to build upon social and physical needs.  

*Note* Cost - £20 per day for anyone outside of Reading. 

Reading Residents - Session are partial funded by Brighter Futures for Children. You receive a 50% discount only paying £10 per day. Don't forget to enter your discount code: EQN344. Proof of residence will be required in booking. 


If your child requires 1:1 you must contact Vicky before booking on sendanceclub@hotmail.com or 07736343570 


Time 10am till 2pm (sometimes we have to run 9am till 1pm) 

Location - Reading 

Activities can vary week by week. We will always ask for your feedback. 

Sports, dance, drama, singing, arts and crafts, table top games, zumba kids, generation pound, yoga, gymnastics, sensory and messy play. 

We use inclusive instructors to run our activities and very grateful for all their support. 

Further information can be found here Reading Directory | SEND Short Breaks -Chance to Dance Stars CIC - Dance and Multi Activity Program

SEND Short Breaks February Half Term - with Make Sense Theatre

At Make/Sense Theatre is pleased to be bringing back our popular holiday clubs this February Half Term. These will be running from Monday 12th February to Thursday 15th February and, as always, we aim to provide something for everyone! 

Our sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are for primary aged children aged 4-11 who may have a diagnosis of ASD or similar and will benefit from a calm, sensory approach to a drama workshop. This is designed for those who struggle in a busy and loud environment but like interactive theatre, drama games, music and movement, messy play and song. The attendees of this group may require 1:1 support in order to engage with the activities, which we will be able to provide for a limited number of attendees.

Our sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons are for young people aged 11+ with autism and/or multiple and complex needs, who would enjoy a sensory, creative experience. This group will be staffed so that attendees can have a trained 1:1 to help them engage. We incorporate different strands of creative sensory exploration to this group including our current 7Sense multi sensory show, sensory art, messy play and live music and movement. Soft lighting, calming music and break out space will help to regulate attendees. 

Finally, our session on Thursday is an all day session for our MLD groups, who are ready to get creative, socialise, explore different strands of theatre including music and movement, and are happy in a busy, noisy, action-packed environment! 

Further information and booking details can be found here Reading Directory | SEND Short Breaks February Half Term - with Make Sense Theatre

 

Holiday Activity Fund (HAF)

Holiday Activity Fund (HAF) - find out more by visiting Brighter Futures for Children 

Short Breaks Statement 2023-2024

Short Breaks Statement 2023-2024 - click here to view the document

Short Breaks Statement - easy read version for young people - 2023

Short Breaks Statement - easy read version for young people - 2023 - click here to view the document

Short Breaks - An easy read guide for parents / carers in Reading - 2023

Short Breaks - An easy read guide for parents / carers in Reading - 2023 - click here to view the document.

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