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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 Christmas Holidays 2023

SEND Short Breaks December 2023 Session - Reading Play, Ranger Station

Reading Play logo

Reading Play welcomes you to The Ranger Station as your SEND half term provider, we will be holding two sessions on Thursday 21st December 2023.  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.


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.

Reading Play T:0118 937 3283 E:

Further informaton and booking can be found here Reading Directory | SEND Short Breaks December 2023 Session - Reading Play, Ranger Station

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. 

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.

Sundays 10am to 2pm

Session Information

12th, 19th and 26th November
3rd and 17th December.

Christmas Holiday Camp 27th and 28th December

Contact: Victoria Andrews  07736 343570 or

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

Christmas SEND Holiday Clubs 2023 - Make/Sense Theatre

Make/Sense Theatre's popular holiday clubs are back for Christmas 2023!

We will be running sessions for young people aged 4-25, with moderate learning difficulties (MLD) as well as more complex, medical needs.

Our highly-trained members of staff will design sessions perfect for all ages, and integrating a love of performing arts with opportunities to socialise, meet other young people, play games and have fun! 

Rosie Durance Tel: 07554664825 email:

Further information and booking details please click on the link Reading Directory | Christmas SEND Holiday Clubs 2023 - 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.

Related Advice

SEND Short Breaks SEND Activities in Reading and Surrounding areas Children & Young People’s Disabilities Team (CYPDT) Children's Action Teams (CATs) Personal Budgets (Children) Direct Payments - Employing a personal assistant for your child using Direct Payments - a guide for parents and carers (BFfC)
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