Cressingham Short Break Service


Cressingham Short Break Service is a Brighter Futures for Children resource registered as a children’s home with OFSTED. It provides overnight support to families, tea visit and day care of children/young people who have complex health needs, learning and associated physical and/or sensory disabilities, complex communication disabilities (Autism) and/or challenging behaviour associated with a disability. Cressingham will provide care to young people who meet the continuing care criteria other than those that require end of life care.

The aim of the service is to contribute to the spectrum of services for Reading’s disabled children and their families and to provide care and interventions that will enable those children or young people to remain successfully in their own community and family network.

Cressingham can provide overnight accommodation for six children (male and female) between the ages of 8 to 18 that primarily live in the Reading area, however does accept applications from neighbouring local authorities. Referrals are placed through Brighter Futures for Children, Children and Young People’s Disability Team.

For further details: Contact the Cressingham management Team, Tel: 0118 937 4201 to find out if your child is eligible for this service.

 Personal Care - toileting assistance - changing facilities

The Family Information Service provides information on the SEND Local Offer on behalf of Brighter Futures for Children, which is contracted to deliver the SEND/Local Offer service. Brighter Futures For Children - Website

Who to contact

Contact Name
Samantha Whitehouse
Contact Position
Registered Manager
0118 937 4201 0118 937 4201
Brighter Futures for Children
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Where to go

Cressingham Short Break Service
27, Cressingham Road
Directions to RG2 7RU

Cressingham is a detached house. It has been redesigned and extensively upgraded to provide an accessible modern, bright, home.

Adaptations to assist children with physical and learning disabilities are:

  • Integrated fire and emergency lighting systems - with a 60 minute safe zone.
  • Widened doors for ease of access.
  • A variety of display boards located around the home to increase young people’s understanding of the environment and their routines.
  • A large garden which surrounds the home and is divided by a locked gate to create 2 play areas when required.
  • Car parking at the front of the building enables school buses to pick up and drop off children safely. We also have car parking for up to 6 vehicles and additional parking is available along Monksbarn.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
The service is open throughout the year except for bank Holidays
Time of day
Session Information
Tea visits (after school until 19.00) we help transition the child/young person into the service.
Weekday/Term Time, Children & Young people will arrive at Cressingham after school via their parents or pre arranged transport for an overnight stay. This can be for one or more nights. Transport arrangements with parents will be discussed at the point of assessment and referral. During weekends and holidays parents will always be responsible for transporting their children to and from the service. Drop off time is at 12:00 and pick up is 9:30am.
Independence youth group one Friday per month 5pm- 9pm


The child/young person’s care package will be agreed based on the individual needs of the child and their family.


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details



Local Offer


Ages covered - 8 - 18 years. Primary, Secondary and Transition to Adulthood 16+

Contact Name
Registered Home Manager
Contact Telephone
0118 937 3641
Contact Email
SEN Provision Type
Local Offer Updated


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This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.


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Contact the Team

Family Information Service 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2

SEND Local Offer 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2

Adult & Carers Support 0118 937 3747 0118 937 3747
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