KIDS Yorkshire, deliver a specialist childcare service to provide short breaks,  holiday care,  wraparound childcare and play schemes  for children and young people, aged 0-18 years old  with very complex care needs and/or disabilities.

Please view the statement of purpose report here

How does the service work?

The service will ensure disabled children are safe, secure and happy whilst within specialist childcare, allowing parents to work, attend training or to take a break in caring. The service provides children with opportunities to enjoy play activities, develop interests and to learn, alongside opportunities to be included within their communities. The service can be provided in a group based setting or individually within the home of the child to meet their individual requirements.

KIDS workers can support children in group based activities or individually through taking the child or young person out into a community setting, to do something they enjoy or would like to try such as going to the cinema, bowling or to the local swimming pool. This enables them to have a positive experience whilst giving their families a break from their caring responsibilities.

Alternatively, a KIDS worker can care for the child or young person in their own home while the rest of the family go out, or accompany a family on an outing supporting all members of the family to have an enjoyable shared experience.

Our aim is for children to receive care that meet’s their individual requirements and interests and allows parents to work or take a break from the caring role in the confidence that their child’s needs are met.

Who is the service for?

This is a service for disabled children aged 0-18 years old. The service has experience of working with children with a range of additional needs. The service has experience of delivering care to children with physical disability, learning disabilities, learning difficulties, autism, and children who have complex care needs.

The service is a registered service with national regulatory bodies. Care Quality Commission (CQC) provides regular monitoring and inspection of our childcare and short breaks services where we provide personal care and support within the home. KIDS Yorkshire is also registered as Wakefield Specialist Childcare Service’s on the voluntary register for its setting based group child care in Wakefield with Ofsted.

How much does it cost?

We provide a range of differing service options so that these can be tailored to individual requirements, there are different processes to receive the service. For instance you might choose to self-fund, and in this instance please contact us directly. Alternatively this service might also be funded by the local authority or health service. The local authority or health service might arrange to provide this service on your behalf or a family might receive a direct payment, or personal budget to fund the service. Please contact the service for information.

How to access this service:

Details about if this service can be provided by Local Authority or Health funding information the process and eligibility to receive a service will be on your local authorities ‘Local Offer’. Please note in some cases there might be specific criteria set by Local Authorities. When funding is arranged or where self-funding, parents can then self-refer on the telephone, or those working with families can refer to the service with parental consent. We will begin by exploring what are the child’s needs and the family’s requirements and establish the outcome intended to be met by delivery of services. KIDS will undertake an assessment and require a signed consent’s and agreement to provide care. KIDS will then match your requirements to our workers to best meet your child’s needs and interests.

For information on the criteria please click here


Registered Manager (Wakefield) Catherine Lacy, KIDS Wakefield Area Manager
Contact name: Shelley McIntyre – Specialist Childcare Senior Practitioner
Phone: 01924 379015
Email: [email protected]