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 Local Support Event – Save The Date

Local Support is an informal opportunity for parents and carers to engage with a range of local organisations and professionals face-to-face and to gather information about what is on offer. The event is taking place on Wednesday 18th October, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at The SNAP Centre. If you would like to register your interest in attending, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Chelmsford Museum Relaxed Opening – 

Chelmsford Museum is holding its first relaxed opening on Sunday 17th September. The two hour event is specifically aimed at those on the autistic spectrum, their families and friends.

There will be autism friendly staff, reduced lighting and sounds, plus special activities on the day. Admission is free but places are limited and need to be booked in advance by calling the museum.

ISEssex EHCP Workshops for Parents –

This fully inclusive fun run/push, a Super Sensory 1km and free family festival will be held in London on Sunday 3rd September. See website for details.

Conductive Education sessions at Kids First -  

Stephanie Driver will be holding charity funded conductive education sessions at the Kids First centre in Corringham.  Conductive education is a method of teaching for children who have cerebral palsy or other motor disorders to help them to be as active as possible throughout their daily life. Contact Stephanie for more details. 

National Autistic Society Autism Hour -  

In the week beginning 2nd October, with the support of shopping centre owners Intu, The National Autistic Society  we will be launching their Autism Hour. Shops and businesses across the UK will be taking simple steps for 60 minutes that lead to a more autism-friendly world. Participating shops and businesses will be turning down music and other noise, dimming the lights and sharing information about autism with their employees.


Grangewaters is running a range of week day sessions for preschool and primary aged children, as well as Saturday sessions for all the family. 


Rayleigh Megacentre – Parent Support and Family Fun Sessions

Rayleigh Megacentre will be running its wide range of parent support programmes as well as activity sessions. These include, parent courses, SEN discussion groups, 1:1 family support and a range of inclusive play sessions for all ages. See website for more details. 

Marks and Spencer - Easy dressing school uniform

With help from The National Autistic Society, M&S has created a range to make dressing for school easier, quicker and more comfortable.

PhysioNet – Mobility Aid and Equipment Collection

PhysioNet is a charity that provides physiotherapy equipment to children in Europe and in developing countries round the world.  Equipment can be donated and is refurbished by PhysioNet prior to shipment. The Rotary Club of Saffron Waldon is able to collect equipment in Essex.  Please contact the co-ordinator John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01799 599395.

intu Lakeside – Changing Places Facility

intu Lakeside will be hosting an official opening of its new Changing Places Facility on Wednesday 30th August at 11:30am. The £45k investment by intu Lakeside is located along Brompton Walk. It is an additional facility, to support customers with profound and multiple learning disabilities; as well as cater for people with other physical and non-visual disabilities, who may require extra equipment and space in a safe and comfortable environment. 

PACT for Autism – Back to School Guide

PACT has put together some articles and information to help with the transition back to school. 

ERIC – Incontinence Swimwear

ERIC have a new range of swimwear that helps to contain wetting and soiling accidents in the water. They come in a variety of styles, colours and sizes. They are available to purchase on the ERIC website. 

CDC – EHCP animations

With support from the Department for Education, Independent Support has produced two short animations aimed at parents to help explain the EHCP process and the Person Centred Connection. 

Mahler Autism – Interoception Video

Mahler Autism has created a short video introducing ‘Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System’. Interoception is the ability to perceive the internal state of your body.  The video explains the idea that sensing internal bodily changes may be connected to the ability to understand and regulate emotions and behaviour. 

Contact a Family's Name Change - 

The national charity Contact a Family has shortened its name to Contact as part of its rebranding.  The charity provides support and information to families who care for children with any disability or specific health condition.

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.