4+ Information

The '4+ Information' is designed to provide useful information for families with children aged 4 and older. 

It was identified that parents of children with special needs who have made the transition into full time education needed an easier way to access relevant updates about training opportunities, after school activities and weekend or holiday clubs, along with education or benefit updates and other events.

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SEND Transport Meeting –

Essex County Council is inviting parent/carers to attend a meeting in Chelmsford to share concerns about SEN transport in Essex.

Occupational Therapy Drop-in Session –

Castledon school in Wickford’s monthly coffee morning event for parents will focus on occupational therapy this month.

Epping Forest Inclusion Project –

A programme of activity sessions for May half term.

Muddy Boots Forest Adventures –

Colchester based outdoor play, offering relaxed and friendly child led sessions for all children. 

Treating Autism Roadshow Event –

A day of talks in Basildon on Friday 23rd June for parents of children and young people with autism. 

New Thomas the Tank Engine Film –

Due to be released this summer, ‘Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor’ will feature a new engine called Theo that has been designed to give children with autism a sympathetic character they can identify with. 

Family Finances and Disability –

The Children’s Policy Research Unit has written a report comparing the cost of raising children with and without disabilities and looking at the real cost of raising a child with a disability. 

Apex Parent Support Group –

This Chelmsford group will be meeting next on Thursday 8th June at Thriftwood School.

PACT for Autism Talk –

A Practical Exploration of Autism, ADHD and PDA on Wednesday 28th June in Harlow. 

Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre –

There will be a programme of family activities at this centre in Thurrock for half term.


SNAP Open Day –

Help us celebrate a decade of supporting families at The SNAP Centre on Wednesday 17th May between 11am to 5pm. Catch up with the team and our founder Hilary as she begins an exciting new chapter with the charity as Honorary Life President. 

Amazing Things Happen –

This brilliant, short animated film tackles the complex subject of autism with simple descriptions, relatable situations and positive language. It is ideal to introduce children, with or without an ASD, to autism. 

School Readiness Course –

For parents in the Tendring area, this free 5-week programme is designed to help parents prepare their children for starting school this September.

Castledon School Coffee Morning –

A monthly opportunity for parents to meet up with other parents, staff and visiting practitioners. This meeting will be attended by Pam from SNAP.

Chris Cross Half Term Activities –

The Chris Cross Holiday Club will be running again for May Half Term.

SEN Information Sessions –

Families InFocus (Essex) is running sessions for parent/carers at various locations across Essex to give information about Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP).


Please remember to visit this page regularly for more updates throughout the year.



The Autism Show – This annual show will be held on 17th-18th June 2016 at the ExCel in London.  It is sponsored by Hesley Group in association with The National Autistic Society and provides more information, advice, products and services on autism (including Asperger syndrome) than can be found anywhere else in the UK. http://london.autismshow.co.uk/


Kidz to Adultz South - The charity Disabled Living is hosting this free event in Reading for children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and professionals.  On Thursday 9th June, over 100 exhibitors will provide information on Funding, Equipment, Mobility, Sensory, Toys, Education, Communication, Transition, Legal Matters and much more. See flyer for details.


AKO Autism Fun Day – Anna Kennedy Online charity will be holding an Autism Fun Day (including siblings) at Grange Farm in Chigwell on 21st May from 12 noon to 4pm.


Circus Starr – The touring ‘circus with a purpose’ provides free seats for disadvantaged, disabled or vulnerable children.  There will be a performance in Chelmsford on Thursday 19th May. http://www.circus-starr.org.uk/tour-news/uk-tour-dates/chelmsford/


Younify – This support group for parents of children with special needs will be holding their next coffee morning on 9th May at 9.30am in the Family Room at St Christopher’s School in Leigh-on-Sea.


Essex Short Breaks Coffee Mornings – Parents and carers are invited to meet with others at various venues throughout Essex during May and June, to share ideas and find out about clubs and activities that are running this summer.


Teeth Cleaning – Fledglings, the national charity that sources and sells products that improve the lives of disabled children and their families, has a range of specialist oral care products in their catalogue.  See their website for details www.fledglings.org.uk   ALSO LINK TO IMAGE FILE


Incredible Years Course – This 12-week programme is a parenting course for parents of children aged 6 to 12.  It will be held at Long Ridings Primary School starting on Friday 6th May, 9.30am to 11.30am.  More information from the Brentwood Extended Services Team.


Undiagnosed Children’s Day – Friday 29th April has been marked as Undiagnosed Children’s Day.  SWAN UK is raising awareness of children who have syndromes without a name.