School Years


These services focus on children of school age. They can be educationally based, purely play and leisure activities or a combination of both. Some also focus on providing respite for the family which can relieve the strain on the family and reduce stress on parents while giving the child or young person an opportunity to get away from the family home, enjoy new experiences.


Key working

The key worker service is offered to those families who have a child with severe and complex needs where there are a number of professionals involved. The key worker will work in partnership with families to oversee and coordinate the delivery of these services and provide families with a single point of contact for information and advice and for emotional and practical support. Find out more....


Play and leisure

KIDS’ play and leisure services provide fully trained, safeguarding checked staff in specific settings who can support and supervise participants’ activities to help them to get the most out of their sessions. 

Adventure Playgrounds

KIDS’ adventure playgrounds provide an opportunity for stimulating, inclusive, adventurous play on a closed access site. Playgrounds can offer an accessible green space within an urban environment, where children can freely choose their play in a setting which supports their requirements. Priority is given to children and young people with specific requirements and their siblings. However, young people within the right age range who live in the surrounding community are also welcome. Find out more...


Saturday and after-school clubs

Saturday and after-school clubs and play schemes take place in a variety of locations and provide stimulating, inclusive play outside of normal school hours and during holiday periods. Children are encouraged to choose play activities, with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment. Find out more....



School holiday play schemes

These schemes take place in a variety of locations and provide stimulating inclusive play during holiday periods. Children are encouraged to choose play activities with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment. Find out more....



Short Breaks

Short breaks for disabled children and young people were the first services provided by KIDS. They can relieve the strain on the family and reduce stress on parents while giving the child or young person an opportunity to get away from the family home, enjoy new experiences, make new friends and meet new people. 


Residential breaks are the best option for some children and young people. These are in settings which are as much like an ordinary home as possible, with specialist equipment unobtrusively available to maximise independence. Only small numbers of children or young people will stay at any one time, creating the feeling of a sleepover. While parents and siblings have a break from caring, disabled children and young people can enjoy new activities, experiences and a wider social network, helping them to develop social and life skills and enjoy independence from their families. KIDS has two settings for Residential Short Breaks, KIDS House in Hampshire and Russell House in South Gloucestershire. 

On non-residential breaks (Short Breaks in the Community), KIDS workers take the child or young person out into a community setting, such as a trip to the cinema, bowling or getting a haircut, enabling them to have a positive experience while giving their families a short break. Alternatively, a KIDS worker can care for the child or young person in their own home while the rest of the family go out. Find out more....
 


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