We offer a calm and attentive ear. Most of our staff are parents of children/young people who have Down syndrome. We will follow this up with a text, email, phone call or home visit. If needed, we will support you in a referral to social services.
Please contact the centre. We will then send details and an application form in the post/email. Upon return you will be invited in for an informal interview.
Our training is open to anyone who feels their child with a disability would benefit from it, and we welcome the opportunity to share good practice via our courses. However, our funding and activities are solely for children and young people with Down syndrome, their families and the professionals who work to support them.
Yes, as long as you are willing to travel you will be very welcome.
It is our belief that ALL children with Down syndrome should have an EHCP in place by the time they are entering full time school.
In many areas of the UK the majority of children with Down syndrome attend mainstream primary school. It is our belief that this is where the educational and developmental needs of a child with Down syndrome can be best met. We can support schools with training and advice.
Just give the office a ring and we can have a chat. Following an hour one to one session with you and your child, you will be offered a place, depending on availability, in a group relevant to your child’s age and ability.
We currently have funding to help families, who otherwise would struggle to attend Saturday family sessions, speech and language sessions and early development groups. We may also be able to help with transporting young people to and from the youth club.
We provide a number of out of school activities. In addition to weekly dance classes for 5 to 11 year olds, street dance for young people aged 11 upwards, our monthly family Saturday sessions and our weekly youth club we aim to plan at least one summer trip for families each year, funding permitting, usually to the seaside. We also aim to have a big family party get together to celebrate World Down day in March – again funding permitting.
We provide a crèche on some of our courses, usually our 3 week toileting course and our 6 week behaviour course. We can also provide help for parents attending our early development groups who need to bring along siblings.
Yes it is. In fact we encourage parents and professionals to attend together as this provides an opportunity to share information about the child’s development and keep methods consistent.
Yes we do. These can either be at the centre or in school. They can include an observation of your child in school, a discussion with key staff around targets or a one to one session at the centre to help with understanding your child’s development and setting targets.