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Swings & Smiles

Swings & Smiles offers play sessions for children with special needs and their whole family at our centre in Thatcham. We have specialist play resources to enable children with a wide range of disabilities to play with siblings and other family members in a secure and…

Swings & Smiles offers play sessions for children with special needs and their whole family at our centre in Thatcham. We have specialist play resources to enable children with a wide range of disabilities to play with siblings and other family members in a secure and safe environment.

We provide many opportunities for play, cooking, art, sport and much more. We have a personal care room and space to eat if you want to bring a picnic with you. Our garden is totally secure and the building is on one level. There is also a totally separate and fully equipped area for siblings to be able to enjoy some time for themselves. Please contact office@swingsandsmiles.co.uk or visit our website to book in for a session. 

Indoors

  • Sensory room
  • Activity room

Outdoors

  • Open space for play
  • Sensory garden, including vegetable garden and mud kitchen
  • Fully accessible swings – including wheelchair swing
  • In-ground trampoline
  • Mini golf
  • Large slide and climbing frame
  • Interactive sensory area

All these facilities contribute to a range of experiences which can be stimulating or restful as required. They create an environment in which those with special needs and their families can be themselves and grow together.

Our sessions: 

Family Play

We are open on weekdays, weekends and during school holidays to deliver sessions for the whole family. At these sessions we offer a variety of activities depending on the children booked in. These sessions are £5 per family.

Respite 

We run sessions after school and twice a month on a Saturday where children can come and spend time with their friends. Play leaders run lots of activities to keep everyone busy including music and cooking. 

After school groups cost £10 per session and must be booked and paid for in advance, per term. Saturday sessions are £45 per day.

All respite is for children aged 5 years and older, the team at Swings & Smiles will work with families to get to know children prior to them attending these groups.

Minis

This is our group for under 5's and gives children and parents a chance to attend a toddler group that is specifically for children with special needs. Activities are planned to help with development and socialising with others. Sessions cost £2.50 per family.

Youth Club

This is one of 4 Youth clubs that we are running as part of our new timetable. This particular group is aimed at children that attend a special needs school or resource unit, that are able to communicate their needs to the staff and use the toilet independently. The group aims to give the children the opportunity to find common interests with like minded peers, form friendships and have fun together - for children 11 years and older. Sessions need to be booked and paid for in advance, per term and are £4 per session. 

Mini Spec (Y3-5); Spectrum (Y6-8); Oasis (Y9-13)

These sessions are for young people that have an Autism diagnosis and access mainstream school. Similar to our Youth Club these are a great opportunity to meet with friends and socialise in a safe environment. There are games consoles set up and a tuck shop, amongst other fun activities. Sessions need to be booked and paid for in advance, per term and are £4 per session.

  • SIBSupport

All siblings that attend the SIBSupport sessions will have the opportunity to attend a SIBSSupport workshop, these will be run online or in schools.

Sessions at the centre are a chance for siblings to get together and have fun, with staff and volunteers on hand to chat and support them with some of the challenges they may face.

Older SIBSupport is for Year 7 and above, Saturday SIBSupport is for children aged 5 years up until they finish primary school.

All SIBSupport is free to attend.

Parent Support

Coffee Morning is a chance to have a chat with other parents of children with special needs. You are welcome to come even if your child doesn't access Swings & Smiles. This is free to attend.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ellora Neate
Contact Position
Senior play leader
Telephone
01635 285170
E-mail
office@swingsandsmiles.co.uk
Website
https://www.swingsandsmiles.co.uk

Where to go

Name
Swings and Smiles
Address
A Place to Play
Lower Way
Thatcham
Berkshire
Postcode
RG19 3RR
Notes

We are an accessible venue. Features include a ceiling hoist in our sensory room, portable hoist for accessibility throughout the centre. We also have an adjustable changing bed and hoist. We have a large sensory room, imagination room, kitchen and garden with a mix of toys and lots of space to play!

 

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Various - please see website for details

Other Details

Costs

Details

Our prices vary for different sessions so please contact the centre or see our website for more information.

Availability

Additional Information

Providing services to
Disabled children/young people

Notes

Swings & Smiles is a nut free venue. 

Supporting people with
Physical disability
Hearing impairment
Vision impairment
Learning difficulty
Mental health conditions
Autistic Spectrum Condition
Communication impairment

Last checked on 10/09/2021

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