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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SNAP Summer Survival Guide –

Don’t forget to have a look at this year’s Summer Survival Guide for useful ideas and information to help you through the holiday period, together with activities and events from other organisations. 

Easy Dressing Clothing Range –

Marks & Spencer has a range of adapted school uniform for ages 2 to 16. The range has been designed in collaboration with The National Autistic Society. 

SEN Show –

This annual event at the Business Design Centre in London will be held on 6-7 October 2017.  It is free to enter to access the resources, advice and support available. Plus for parents there is a Parent & Carer Forum with seminars all day on the Saturday. 

Incredible Years ASD Group –

This parenting course has been designed especially for parents of children aged 2 to 8 with an autism spectrum disorder or who have a language delay. The 12 week course starts on 14th September in Wickford.

Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook –

This authoritative yet accessible guide to the legal rights of disabled children and their families in England and Wales is available to freely download online.  Each chapter explains the difference between what public bodies must do to support disabled children and that which they may do. 

What? Why? Children in Hospital –

The WWCIH charity makes video clips suitable for children to help children and parents prepare for hospital and answer some of their questions starting with What? And Why? Videos include children having tests and scans and also pretend hospital play ideas to prepare your child for hospital visits. 

Girls and Autism: Flying Under the Radar –

A guide from Nasen identifying the key issues for girls on the autism spectrum and giving practical school-based support strategies. 

Amazing Things Happen –

A lovely animated film about autism. 

Accessing Public Services Toolkit –

The second edition of Cerebra’s problem-solving guide for parents is available to download from their website. 


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.