Our Saturday Opportunity Club provides short respite sessions for children with additional needs and their siblings under 13 years old
What Is Saturday Opportunity Club?
A child may have additional needs for many different reasons, for example: chronic illness, disability, behavioural problems, developmental delay, family bereavement, social, emotional or communication difficulties. This list is by no means exhaustive.
One key aim of the session is to offer short respite care. Parents/carers have the option to either spend time with siblings away from the group whilst their child with additional needs is here with us having fun with their friends. Alternatively ALL children can come to group to give parents/carers some time to themselves, making the most of their children being safely cared for.
All of our children with additional needs are allocated a key person to build a special trusting relationship with, this ensures the child feels safe and that all of the child’s achievements are recorded.
Each session provides high quality play and learning opportunities which includes ALL children, and 1:1 support is provided for children when required. Our staff are highly experienced and are dedicated to their profession, they give the highest level of care to each and every child.
We recognise parents/carers know their children the best, so you are invited to come and have a look around, and meet the staff to discuss how we can best meet your child’s needs . Depending on your child’s individual needs, we may need to complete a health care plan or risk assessment along side the registration form. If we need any further information on a complicated or rare medical condition, we can organise for the local doctors surgery to come and talk to the staff to explain how the child’s needs can best be met.
During Saturday Opportunity Club your child will have access to all the facilities we have here at Stepping Stones (please see our facilities page for full details). We have staff trained in Makaton and PECS.
Included in the session is a healthy morning snack. Meal times are a social time of the day,to share stories and thoughts, and even children who are unable to eat, enjoy the time and are always included. (parent/carer to send a pack lunch in with their child)
Should you have any questions or require any further information, please call and speak to Sarah-Louise Chivers – Group Manager