School for Parents enables disabled children and empowers parents. It enriches the lives of children with disabilities, develops their independence and prepares them for the future by teaching a range of skills. Parents learn alongside their son or daughter, and are provided with information, practical and emotional support. More than 90% who attend our pre-school develop the skills and confidence they need to enter mainstream education.
Children attend School for Parents from the age of 6 months to 12 years of age. They have a range of disabilities and challenges including Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome, Rett syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy Global Development Delay and genetic conditions. However, we always focus on what children can do, not labels, diagnoses or conditions.
Babies and children with disabilities need extra support to consciously learn life skills that come more naturally to others. These include communicating, eating and drinking, problem solving and playing, not just literacy and numeracy. We help them find a solution that works for them, such as eye gazing or signing.
Parents have needs too. They require skills to help their son or daughter thrive, the time and support to get to know their child and the knowledge to get the best from other services.
Age groups worked with
Children attend School for Parents from the age of 6 months to 12 years of age.
We run pre-school classes 4 days a week. Our ‘graduates’ can come back for extra support if they need it while at primary school, at our speech and language classes or our Saturday gym club.
External services available to other members
Conductor's Assistant training programme offered here- Kirsten Bairstow-Robb leads and facilitates this course.