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 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.

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 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 (Y4-6); Spectrum (Y7-9); Oasis (Y10-13)

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

Walking Club is a chance to get some exercise and 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
Laura Lewis
Contact Position
Charity Director
Telephone
01635 285170
E-mail
office@swingsandsmiles.co.uk
Website
Swings and Smiles

Where to go

Name
Swings & Smiles
Address
A Place to Play
Lower Way
Thatcham
Postcode
RG19 3RR

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open 7 days a week, check website for further details.
Time of day
Evening
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Open all year round

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5 per session

Availability

Age Ranges
Referral required
No
Referral Details

Sessions must be booked in advance by emailing office@swingsandsmiles.co.uk or telephoning 01635 285170

Local Offer

Description

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.

Contact Name
Laura Lewis
Contact Telephone
01635 285170
Contact Email
laura@swingsandsmiles.co.uk
SEN Provision Type
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Medical, Specific Literacy Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties, Visual Impairment
Local Offer Age Bands
0 to 1
1 to 4
5 to 7
7 to 11
12 to 14
15 to 16
16 to 18
19 plus
Needs Level
High

General Provider

Is your service accessible? (consider in general terms how you make your service accessible, in addition to any specific premises issues)

Yes, we have an accessible building. We have ceiling hoists and a mobile hoist to allow movement throughout the centre. We also have a fully equipped personal care room and accessible garden facilities such as our wheelchair swing. 

How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)

No referral necessary

What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services? (include timescales for responding to referrals and accessing services)

No referral necessary

Who provides / funds your service?
Voluntary/Charitable
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
Yes
Details of charges, whether any help is available with costs

£5 per session. Cost of sessions should not stop families attending, please contact us if this is the case and we can discuss this further.

Inspection outcomes/quality awards

N/A

Feedback and complaints procedure

There is a complaints and compliments policy available.

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

All adults and volunteers DBS checked. Full risk assessments done of all rooms and activities.

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