Additional Needs Short Breaks

Supported by Kent County Council, our holiday club for young people provides a natural break for children with additional needs and their families

The club is for 8-17 year olds living in Kent. Activities are fun, engaging and tailored to individual and group needs. The club encourages young people to develop a love of the natural world and enjoy being outdoors, and learn whilst learning and having fun.

Activities change with the seasons and include things like exploring the farm, hands-on cooking, arts and crafts, harvesting veg from the garden, den building, minibeast hunts, forest activities and gardening. Most sessions will include some time saying hello to our herd of dairy cows and seeing what's happening on the farm. All activities are led by our team of tutors with vast experience teaching children with a variety of additional needs. The sessions are designed to help develop life skills, confidence and self-esteem in a safe, fun environment.

The club is for young people - parents/carers are not required to stay.

If your child hasn't attended before, you will need to come to an open afternoon before booking onto the holiday club. Please complete the expression of interest form for new families and you'll then be invited to attend an open afternoon. 

Cost £15 per session per child. Booking must be made in advance as places are limited. After you have attended an open afternoon, if it's been agreed the club would be a good fit for your child, you will be provided with the booking information.

Time 10:00-14:00

Who is this club suitable for?

Young people who:

  1. can take part in and enjoy a practical learning session – cooking, art, gardening, pond dipping etc.
  2. may have speech and language difficulties – we will differentiate sessions with Makaton/sign along and communicate in print resources.
  3. can take part in a group session, and whose behaviour will not disrupt the session.
  4. would like to learn about a farm environment.
  5. are able to take care of their own personal needs.
  6. may lack confidence or self-esteem.
  7. learn well in a practical environment.

We are able to work with children aged 8-17 who have ASD, speech and language difficulties, moderate emotional and behavioural difficulties, partial sight, deafness, physical impairment (as long as they are able to care for their own personal needs), downs syndrome, and general learning delay.

All activities will be differentiated by level and pace to suit the young people involved. Please let us know if you’d like to discuss more specific needs and difficulties with a tutor.

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