Where does the holiday club run?
Currently the club is running at Little Lane Children’s Centre, Little Lane, Ilkley, LS29 8HZ. We hire the venue so this may change in future holidays.
When does it run?
In the Christmas, Easter and in the Summer holidays, we run one day a week for primary-age young people, one day for secondary, and one day of a mixed age quiet session (we run the quiet sessions on alternate weeks for young people with medical needs, and those without, so please check the schedule and decide which is more suitable for your young person). We follow the Bradford Local Authority holiday schedule. Sessions are run if we have sufficient funds.
Who is it for?
Any young person with an additional need that is diagnosed or being investigated. If we are oversubscribed, priority will be given to LS29 Special Needs Support Group members.
How many places are there?
There are 20 supported places available in each session, and five places for young people who need to attend with their own DBS-checked PA.
How much does it cost?
Standard cost: £20 per day
Families with more than one special needs child: £20 for first child, £10 for additional children
Families eligible for free school meals: free with a refundable deposit on attendance
Children who have to attend with their own DBS-checked PA: £7 per day
Can I attend with my young person?
We are a holiday club rather than a stay and play so we offer places for young people to be looked after by our staff, or by their own DBS-checked personal assistant. If you are looking for a stay and play where parents and non-disabled siblings can also come, please contact us as we can suggest some other excellent local schemes, depending on your child’s needs and age.
We prefer parents not to stay for several reasons:
As a charity, LS29 already offers lots of activities for the whole family. Part of the purpose for us in running a holiday club is to give parents and siblings some respite time.
All adults who are working closely and regularly with young people in our setting need to be DBS-checked.
It can be unsettling for young people attending the scheme with a staff member or PA to care for them, if they become aware that other children have their parents present.
In exceptional circumstances we will allow parents to stay on site – for example if their young person requires medical interventions our staff haven’t been trained to offer, and no healthcare assistant is available.
What if my young person might struggle to settle in?
Please contact us to discuss and we will try to send any information, a social story and/or pictures that will help you to prepare them. On their first day, you can meet their keyworker and stay at the club with your young person for a while until you feel that they are comfortable. Some parents choose to stay in Ilkley for the day during the first session so we can call them for an early collection if their young person needs it. However this is unusual and the majority of young people settle in very quickly!
What do the young people do?
Activities include trips, sensory and messy play, arts and crafts, baking, physical games and sports, outdoors learning, music, life skills practice and community visits.
What about lunch?
We provide snacks and drinks but they will need to bring their own packed lunch. We ask parents/carers to give us as much information as possible about dietary and feeding needs on booking.
Can you accommodate a young person with high level medical needs?
We will do our best to accommodate young people with complex medical needs. If your young person will need medical interventions or medication through the day and you are likely to apply to the club, drop us a line at email@example.com
If our staff are not able to support them, there may be the option of sending them with someone who can – they are welcome to attend with their own DBS-checked PA.
Can you accommodate challenging behaviour?
Again, we can’t promise but we will do our best to accommodate young people with conditions that cause challenging behaviours. We have staff who are experienced in managing behaviour and a high staffing ratio with some 1:1 places available in each session. There may also be the option of your young person attending with their own DBS-checked PA if our staff members aren't qualified to meet their need.