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Disability play project

This project enables Disabled Children and Young People aged 5 – 14 years who live in Cardiff to enjoy Play in their local community.
 
We offer advice, information and support Parents/Carers and professionals. We support staff and volunteers who work with Disabled Children and Young People with training.
 
We provide a variety of “open access” playschemes (the children are free to come and go as they please and are only supervised whilst at the playschemes. We also offer a “closed access” (the children remain on site until collected).
 
 

Open Access Playscheme

 
  • Children’s Play Services - Community Play Teams
  • Grangetown REACH in the Community Centre – Cwtch Together Play Project in Partnership with Disabled Children’s Play Coordinator. 


Childrens’ Play Services - Community Play Teams.

Disabled Children and Young People can access these “open access” playschemes.

Childrens’ Play Services Disabled Children Play Coordinator will assess whether the venue is suitable and all safety is considered first before the child can attend.
 
Disabled Children and Young People can be and are referred by Special Needs Health Visitors, Social Workers, Teachers, Disability Team around the Family Teams and other professionals.
 

Grangetown REACH in the Community Centre – Cwtch Together Play Project

This Playscheme is “open access” which operates on Saturdays 10am to 4pm for Families/Parents/Carers/Social Care Workers for Disabled Children and Young People.
 
There are 3 staff who facilitate play in a safe, warm, relaxed and welcoming environment where activities are set up for everyone to enjoy. There is a lovely outside area where Disabled Children can enjoy playing on the didcars, scooter and bikes.
 
There will be an ongoing Sensory Garden Project and Gardening club with a view to having some specialist fixed play equipment to be installed in the future.
 

Closed Access Playscheme

  • “Funshine” Club
  • St David’s Hospital
  • Llandough Hospital
  • The Hollies Special School
  • Ty Gwyn Special School
  • Assisted Childcare Places


“Funshine” Club

This playscheme is for Disabled Children and Young People aged 8 to 11 years and given the opportunity to experience freely chosen play activities with a little bit of structure. We operate during half terms and Summer Holidays except for Easter and Christmas.
 
The playscheme runs between 10am to 3pm for Disabled Children and Young People, Monday to Friday.
 
Every Child and young person is offered 3 days per week which equates to 18 to 20 hours per week.
 
Disabled Children and Young People can be and are referred by Special Needs Health Visitors, Social Workers, Teachers, Disability Team around the Family Teams and other professionals.
 

St David’s Hospital

Working in partnership with Cardiff and Vale Health Board these play sessions run every Saturday for Disabled Children and Young People with complex disabilities and medical needs. This playscheme uses highly qualified and skilled Community Nursing staff to facilitate play in a safe, clean and sterile environment.
 
This playscheme is only offered to Disabled Children who would generally have nursing in their homes, and provides much needed respite for families/parents/carers. It enables these families to catch up some sleep, spend time with their other family members and children.
 
 

The Hollies Special School

Children’s Play Services have been working in partnership with The Hollies Special School for 10 years or more. This partnership offers Autistic Children and Young People afterschool playshemes in term times and Holiday Playscheme during Easter and Summer Holidays aged 5 – 11 years.
 
Children and Young People are supported by one to one staffing at this playscheme, Parents/Carers pay for their child to attend this playscheme. All the Children and Young People who attend this playscheme attend The Hollies Special School.
 
Disabled Children and Young People can be and are referred by Special Needs Health Visitors, Social Workers, Teachers, Disability Team around the Family Teams and other professionals.
 

Ty Gwyn Special School

 

Disabled Children Assisted Childcare Places 5 –14 years

Children’s Play Services work closely with Childcare Business Support Team who allocate funding from the Welsh Government’s Out of School Childcare Grant to Children’s Play Services to manage the Assisted Childcare Places Scheme.

This partnership is offered to Disabled Children who’s Parent/Carers work or are in full-time Education. The support given to these Parents/Carers are that their Disabled Child would have one to one support in any childcare provision of their choice.

Each Disabled Child is offered 10 hours per week before/after school in term times and 20 hours per week in the Half Terms and Holidays and Parents/Carers pay for the Childcare.

Disabled Children and Young People can be and are referred by Special Needs Health Visitors, Social Workers, Teachers, Disability Team around the Family Teams and other professionals.



If you would like to find out more please contact ​our disabled children’s play co-ordinator.

      

 

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