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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The Bond Hotel – Blackpool

This award-winning hotel caters for all manner of disabilities and is situated close to the heart of Blackpool and its many attractions. It is the UK’s largest accessible hotel and has many facilities to make planning your getaway as easy as possible.

National Autistic Society – Diverted (Unexpected Changes)

The NAS has created a new ‘Too Much Information’ video about how unexpected changes can affect someone on the spectrum.

Are You Autistic? – Channel 4 

Broadcast on Channel 4 on Wednesday 28th March, Anna Richardson and campaigners Georgia Harper and Sam Ahern set out to uncover the true face of autism in the UK today. It is now available to view on demand via All 4.

SEN peer support group – Maldon

Relaxed and friendly support group for families with children who have an additional need or disability. This group is parent-led and is held monthly at Maldon Community pre-school. There will be toys and activities available for pre-school children. The next group is on Friday 20th April 2018 1:00pm to 2:30pm.

Lambourne End Adventure and Farm Open Day

Lambourne End will be holding an open day on Sunday 22nd April 2018. It is a chance to visit their centre and enjoy having a go at their adventure, garden and farm activities.

Beanstalk Children’s Therapy – Open Day

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Beanstalk Children’s Therapy will be holding an open day at their fully equipped therapy centre in Chelmsford on Saturday 28th April. See flyer for more details.

Relaxed Performance of Matilda the Musical

The Royal Shakespeare Company is holding a relaxed performance of Matilda the musical at the Cambridge Theatre in London on Sunday 10th June at 3pm.

Pink Unicorns 

A south Essex support group for parents of girls with high anxiety and an autism spectrum disorder or social communication needs has their next meeting on Tuesday 12th June in Canvey Island. They are pleased to announce they will be joined by Julie Sawford from the Rayleigh Mega Centre, to talk about the support that is available there. They will also be joined by an Autism Specialist Teacher and Suzanne Davidson, a private Life Coach, to talk about Developing Resilience.

Zinc Arts – Easter Holiday Sessions

Places are still available at the Zinc Arts’ Easter holiday sessions for children aged 5 to 11 years.

PACT for Autism – Easter Holiday Sessions

The Harlow based group is running several holiday sessions over the Easter break. Families must pre-book and be registered with PACT to attend.

Firefly – Travel Sleep Solutions Survey

Firefly wants to know more about the special needs sleep solutions families use when away from the home or travelling. You can complete their short survey online.

Carers FIRST

From 1st April, Carers FIRST will be delivering the Essex Carers Service across the county. They will be supporting carers and families by providing emotional and practical support, advice, information and guidance, and opportunities for carers to access training, social groups, activities, trips and more.


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