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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 - November 2022

Christmas Holiday 2022 - SEND Short Breaks activities

Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks – December 2022


With funding from Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC)


Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks @ Reading FC - Play Course - 21st / 22nd December 10:00 - 13:00 

The SEND play camps are for young children aged 5 - 7 years with a disability. The camps will run from The Avenue School from 10am - 1pm.  

The camps have experienced play staff with a background in working with young children with disabilities.  

On the camps the children will experience the following:  

Messy Play, Soft Play, Outdoor Sensory Play  


At this point in time the play camp cannot accept the following disabilities/medical conditions:  

Epilespy, Asthma  or Peg Fed 

Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks - Play Course - 21st / 22nd December 10:00 - 13:00 | Reading Services Guide 


Contact - Daniel Rook Disability & EDI lead 

Tel:0118 907 2160 


Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks - Reading FC SEND Multisport Camp - The Avenue School (8 to 18 years) 

Our SEND camps provide a space where children with SEND can come and play sports/games in a safe and fun learning environment. The camps take place at the Avenue School Special School in Reading which has its own car park and is fully accessible. The camps are staffed by fully qualified sport staff that have experince in disability sport we work alongside a support staff team that can deal with personal care needs.  

The camps are running on the 21st/22nd/23rd of December from 10:30 till 14:00 and will include a whole host of sports and fun games including specialist sports such as:  

Boccia, Kurling, Basketball, Multi skills games  

On this camp we will also be joined by a specialist disability rugby coach that will put on taster sessions for wheelchair rugby.  

 Please note we cannot accept the following conditions:  

Epilepsy or Peg Feeding 

Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks - Reading FC SEND Multisport Camp - The Avenue School (8 to 18 years) | Reading Services Guide 


Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks with Reading Play 

SEND Holiday Short Breaks 21st December                                                                                                       

Session one 10am-1pm 5-7 year olds

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

Session two 2pm to 5pm - Age 8 to 12 years 

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

Ranger Station, Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND

Please note that bookings are not open until Friday 11th November for this short break.

SEND Short Breaks with Reading Play at Prospect Park | Reading Services Guide


Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks – Make Sense Theatre

MLD/SLD aged 12-25EN The

Wednesday 21st and Friday 23rd December


For neurodivergent teenagers/young adults who want to play creative and fun games, make friends

and work as a team. We will explore drama in an engaging and accessible way whilst also providing

challenge to those young people who have previous experience. The young people attending this

session won’t require 1:1 support and will be comfortable in a busy and lively environment.


PMLD/PASD aged 7-19

Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd December


For young people with profound autism and/or multiple and complex needs, who would enjoy a sensory, creative experience. This group will be staffed so that each attendee will have a trained 1:1 to help them engage. We incorporate different strands of creative sensory exploration to this group including our current 7Sense show, a visiting musician, sensory art and music and movement. Soft lighting, calming music and break out space will help to regulate attendees.


Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd December


The Avenue School

MLD/Sensory aged 5-12

Thursday 22nd December


For children 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 role play, drama games, music and song. The attendees of this group may require 1:1 support in order to engage with the activities, which we will cater for.

Costs per session

HAF - Free (and includes lunch)

Short Breaks - £10

Out of borough/over 18s - £18

Our sessions are staffed by highly experienced, trained SEN professionals. We cater formedical and personal care needs. Please contact  to book a place, to ask questions regarding a specific need or if you are unsure of which session is best for your young person. SEND Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks - Make/Sense Theatre | Reading Services Guide

SEND Short Break @ The Cressingham LEGO CLUB 

Next session Sunday 4th December 10am-1pm 

The LEGO club will meet on one Sunday a month at The Cressingham Short Break Centre. Spaces will be limited to eight young people per session, aged between 8 – 18 years old. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Each session will have some free play and structured activities to encourage the children/young people to use their imagination and learn to work as a team on some of the projects. Eligibility: Have a current Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), which includes information to evidence the child/ young person cannot access mainstream activities through Universal Services published on the Local Offer 

Email:   Tel: 0118 937 4201 Further information including how to book can be found here The Cressingham LEGO CLUB | Reading Services Guide 


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

 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.  

Dates: Sunday 11th and 18th December 2022 

Reading Residents - Session are partial funded by Brighter Futures for Children.

If your child requires 1:1 you must contact Vicky before booking

Contact Victoria Tel: 07736 343570 

SEND Short Breaks -Chance to Dance Stars CIC - Dance and Multi Activity Program | Reading Services Guide 

Holiday Activity Fund (HAF)

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

Short Breaks Statement 2021-2022

Short Breaks Statement 2021/2022 - click here to view the document

Short Breaks Statement - easy read version for young people - 2022

Short Breaks Statement - easy read version for young people - 2022 - click here to view the document

Short Breaks - An easy read guide for parents / carers in Reading - 2022

Short Breaks - An easy read guide for parents / carers in Reading - 2022 - 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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