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.
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.
Support, friendship and play for children with special needs and their families
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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 https://www.swingsandsmiles.co.uk/our-sessions
To find out more and see our flyers click on the link to the SEND Local Offer Swings & Smiles | Reading Services Guide (openobjects.com)
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: http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/reading/directory/dcr.page
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: