Current News
Current News

SEND Policies and Local Offer                                          

Special Educational Needs Policy

Our Special Educational Needs (SEN) policy details our aims and objectives for children if they have a learning difficulty and how we record, monitor and review each child.  

SEND Policy
SEND Policy.pdf
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Our Equality/Diversity Statement

Equalities, diversity and Inclusion STAT[...]
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Early Years Graduated Document Final.pdf
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Nursery School Local Offer

SEND Local Offer Postcard
SEND Local Offer Postcard V2 - print.pdf
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SEND Local Offer Nursery 2020/21
Local offer nursery 2020-21.pdf
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Waterside Local Offer

Local Offer Waterside 2021
Local Offer Waterside 2021.pdf
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Please find attached the Summer 2021 (Issue 26th) of the SEND Local Offer Newsletter Summer 2021

Support, friendship and play for children with special needs and their families

What’s on at the centre?

What we do…

Swings & Smiles is a place to play for children with special needs and their families. It offers a unique environment where the whole family feels supported and where they can spend quality time together. Our services include play sessions, sibling support and outreach.

Swings & Smiles provides activities for children and young people aged 0-19 years old with a wide range of disabilities and special needs to be able to enjoy playing together without the pressures often experienced in wider community settings. 

We support the whole family including parents, carers, the child with special needs, brothers, sisters and grandparents. Our support is hugely varied and depends on the needs of the family, we will tailor support to individual need. Swings & Smiles also welcomes adults with disabilities who may benefit from this type of environment and visits from community groups and respite providers.

We're open seven days a week and throughout term times and school holidays. 

Play sessions, youth club, out and about in the community, outreach in schools, groups or individual sessions.

To see session information please click on the link


To find out more and see our flyers click on the link to the SEND Local Offer Swings & Smiles | Reading Services Guide (

The following services are offering short breaks, for children and young people with additional needs, living in the Reading Borough area. Please contact the service directly to book a place.


SEND Summer Short Breaks – Make Sense Theatre 2021

Funded by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC

Summer Theatre at The Avenue School in August

£8 per 3 hour session and £4 for the one hour Parent session.  

Click on the link for full details and flyer SEND Summer Short Breaks – Make Sense Theatre 2021 | Reading Services Guide (

Tel: 01189461739 e:


SEND Summer Short Breaks - Multi Sport Camps Reading Community Football Trust 2021

Funded by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC

Multi Sport Camps with RFC

20 children per session

Click on the link for full details and flyer SEND Summer Short Breaks - Multi Sport Camps Reading Community Football Trust 2021 | Reading Services Guide (

Tel: 07306 357723 e:



SEND Summer Short Breaks - Chance to Dance Stars CIC - SEND Activity Days

Funded by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC

Limited spaces to meet government guidelines of a maximum of 15. 

Location – Beansheaf Community Centre, Charrington Road, Calcot, Reading, RG31 7AW
Time – 10am till 2pm 

Cost - FREE for all Reading Residents - Session are funded by Brighter Futures for Children. Short breaks are available for Reading children aged 5 years and older who have a diagnosed disability. 

Booking - 

Click on the link for full details SEND Summer Short Breaks - Chance to Dance Stars CIC - SEND Activity Days | Reading Services Guide (

Tel: 07736 343570 e:


Please see below link to the new SEND Guide for Parent Carers. This is a  quick and easy guide for parent carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).


This guide has been put together with parent carers (Reading Families Forum) in partnership with other services, to help families access information on local SEND services for children, young people with additional needs. SEND Guide for Parent Carers | Reading Services Guide the guide can also be viewed in web format. Please share this information with other families, who may benefit from accessing the guide.


SEND Newsletter Spring 2021
SEND Newsletter - Spring 2021 - FINAL.pd[...]
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Max Card

The Max Card is the UK's leading discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs.  Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission.


The scheme is designed to help families save money on great days out at castles, zoos, bowling alleys, trampoline parks and many more.


Max Card works with Local Authorities and selected charities, who administer the cards to eligible families in their areas.


Apply for the Max card here: Max Card

Children and Young People's Disability Register:


Sent on behalf of Wellbeing Team, Reading Borough Council


Many people are family carers and support someone who relies on them to collect shopping, prescriptions and other essential items. You may not identify yourself as a carer because you are firstly a parent, a wife, husband, daughter, son, grandchild, friend or neighbour.


Reading Mencap have produced The Reading Family Carers Card it’s available to carers for FREE and it will identify you as a family carer in order to help shorten the time you might have to spend queueing for a shop, a pharmacy or even a health appointment. It is supported by Reading Borough Council.


Please click on the link below to the Reading Services Guide information page about the Reading Families Carers Card and feel free to share this information with your networks and contacts:


SEND Information
SEND Provision.pdf
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Nursery School

Tel: 0118 937 5577



Waterside Day Care

Tel: 0118 937 5677



Postal Address

82 Lyndhurst Road



RG30 6UB