Short Breaks

Welcome to Our Place Short Break’s Provision!

Our Place Short Breaks facility provide children and young people aged (8-18 years) along with their families a safe and exciting environment to enjoy a range of activities and planned events during non-term holiday periods. We offer a Monday to Friday service 09: 15-15:30 (6.25 hours daily) during all recognised school holidays as well as alternate Saturday morning respite (4 hours fortnightly.)

We aim to provide a holistic, progressive, individually bespoke and creative short break service which has children and young people’s wellbeing (as defined by Section 10(2) of the Children Act, 2004) at the centre of all we do.

Our Place Short Breaks provision is a service for young people of mixed gender with special educational needs and Learning Disabilities (including Autistic Spectrum Conditions) and associated challenging behaviours. All children and young people that attend Our short break service have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) in place.

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Our primary aim is to help maximise the potential capabilities of young people who attend by planning and implementing fun physical activity and recreation plans that are individually tailored to each of the young person’s needs that will be based on their EHCP requirements. We intend to give opportunities to children and young people with disabilities;
  • to make friends and develop peer groups through shared experiences
  • to develop new interests by trying new activities that they otherwise would not have.
  • to prepare for independence and adulthood where necessary
  • to experience meaningful personal and social accomplishments
  • to help maximise their levels of independence and develop life-skills including making choices and decisions relating to their own interests.
  • to develop agility, confidence and physical co-ordination and extend fine and gross motor skills, to include playing outside.
  • to adopt a healthy lifestyle and stay safe now and in the future
  • to help Know their own goals and become all they aspire to be, to include having a clear understanding of careers advice available to them

Our staffing ratio for activities and sessions will be dependant on the level of need based upon a child/ young person’s Individual risk assessment. We use semi structured and highly structured methods, according to individual needs.

Our staff aim to utilise

  • Intensive Interaction
  • Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) including Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
  • Symbols, photos and objects of reference.
  • Makaton.
  • Social / Sensory Stories.
  • Sensory Integration
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