Support for children under 5 with complex needs and their families
The Wokingham Borough Portage team have been working with health professionals to set up a group for children under 5 who have complex additional needs.
The Early Years Support Panel have already identified a number of children who met the criteria for this service. A letter has been send out to these families inviting them to attend one of the 2 groups that will be running across the borough.
The sessions will give parents and carers an opportunity to mix with other families in similar situations.
The group is structured to allow time to discuss topics of interest, socialise with each other, observe and engage with play based activities, baby massage, group singing and sensory story.
Families will be asked to make suggestions as to what topics of interest they would like to talk about.
The sessions will be held at:
Finchampstead Baptist Church
- First Tuesday of the month at from 1pm until 2.30pm
Red Kite children Centre, Shinfield
- Third Thursday of the month from 11am until 12.30pm
What professionals will attend the sessions?
Professionals who will be initially attend these sessions we be:
- Portage teachers
- Health Visitor
- Family workers
- Nursery staff
Other professionals will be invited along on a needs basis for example: Speech and Language Therapist (SALT), Educational Psychologists (EP), Sensory Consortium Service (SCS) , Dingley’s Promise, Occupational Therapists (OT).
These sessions will initially run for 3 months before the end of this period the groups will be evaluate with parents and professionals who attended to see if these were of benefit to the families and if additional sessions should be run.
We believe this will be a great way for families, who have a child with complex needs to get support. Parents and carers have already feedback that they are keen to engage with these groups.
How to access the groups
If you feel this is something your family would benefit from please talk to your Health Visitor. They can assess if your family meets the criteria for the groups.
The first session was held on the 4 June 2019.