Activities and support during coronavirus

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Here are some services and materials to help you look after yourself and your child with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) at this difficult time.

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Childcare and community activities

Many community services are now reopening, with coronavirus safety measures in place.

Please see lists of providers below. If you can’t find what you need, contact the Customer Relations Team

CS.CustomerRelations@eastsussex.gov.uk
0345 60 80 192 option 5 (10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday)

Inclusive options

Organisations should make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

For childminders, nurseries and playschemes go to escis website. See the providers’ own websites or contact them direct for up to date information.

For i-go providers, go to the i-go website for links to providers websites for up to date information. You can also follow us on Facebook@igoEastSussex

Buzz Active watersports at Cuckmere and Eastbourne are open for bookings

Active Hastings are starting clubs outdoors for ages 8 upwards

Leisure centres are opening for some activities from 25 July. Swimming pools and creches are not yet open. These links will keep you up to date:
Wave Leisure (Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Ringmer, Seaford,)
Freedom Leisure (Bexhill, Hailsham, Hastings, Heathfield, Rye)

Special needs activities

Art Breaks at Project Artworks in Hastings are running day sessions for children and adults with complex needs.

Aspens (was Autism Sussex) are full for their summer programme but are running extra online meet-ups. Contact Curtis.adamczyk@aspens.org.uk or 01424 773366 extension 114.

Defiant Sports in Eastbourne are open for youth clubs: Mondays 4.30pm for age 12 upwards, Thursdays 4.30pm for ages 8 to 11. Football on Saturdays at 10.30 for all ages.

Funky Teens and Nik Naks clubs are open for people who already use the service. Contact them if you want to join later in the year.

Get Set Club at Wave Leisure in Seaford are planning to reopen and have online activities at the moment.

Head to Head Multi-Sensory Theatre is not doing live theatre at the moment but have an online interactive show.

Seaford Town Football Club is open for training sessions for All Inclusive team training on Saturdays for under 12s and under 16s.

Sibling Service summer activities are full but contact them for other support.

Spectrum autism support (ISEND) are running some activities for people who already use the service. Contact them for other support.

Back to school

In line with Government guidance, we are planning for all pupils to return to school full-time from the beginning of term in September. Contact your child’s school if you have any questions about the support and safety measures that will be in place for your child.

These materials to help you prepare your child for school:

Coronavirus returning to school toolkit from Mentally Healthy Schools

Prepating your child for returning to school from Royal College of Occupational Therapists

My Back to School Bubble storybook – translations available in several languages from localoffer@eastsussex.gov.uk

A list of websites giving advice on supporting children with change

Support

Phone or online support services

Key contact numbers for help with children’s education, health and wellbeing (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 482k)

Educational Psychology Service Helpline (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 299k) for advice on learning at home, behaviour, wellbeing and more

Local parent carer support groups on the escis directory

Local mental health support for children and young people on C360 website

Local mental health support for adults in Mental Health Directory

Online summer workshops from Contact

Bookable one to one ‘Listening Ear’ sessions from Contact

Other guidance

Parenting during covid advice from Open for Parents

Coronavirus advice and support information from Amaze

Routines and timetables (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 1258k)

Learning through play (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 765k)

Emotional wellbeing (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 2119k)

Guidance on routine, sleep, exercise and more from Council for Disabled Children (opens new window)

Calm Zone from Childline

Free Calm Pack from Relax Kids

Printable story book about Covid 19 in several languages from Manuela Molina

A mini-blog for siblings of disabled children from Sibs

Easy read guide to coronavirus -updated April 2020 (opens new window)

Easy read guide to coronavirus and your wellbeing (opens new window)

Activities at home

Please note, some of these activities are online and children should be supervised. See our guidance on staying safe online.

Ideas for disabled children.

Live online activities on the The Sensory Project website (scroll down on page)

Interactive activities from Disability Challengers

Get Set Club 10 day home challenge from Wave Leisure

Video activity demos for young children from Dingley’s Promise

10 activities for children with autism (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 69k)

Daily activity videos for disabled children on Swings and Smiles Swings and Smile Twitter and Swings and Smiles Facebook.

Disability accessible workout videos on Superhero Series Facebook

Videos to help you make play inclusive from Sense

MAKATON signed stories from Singing Hands

Ideas for the whole family

You can get eBooks, eComics, competitions and more online at East Sussex Libraries. Some local libraries are now open for limited services.

Short indoor activities for older children on the Scouts website

Covid time capsule pack from Long Creations

30 day Lego challenge from Fun Learning for Kids

100 things to do indoors from Spread the Happiness

Live sports and exercise online daily from Active Sussex and Reboot (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 3932k)

Regular yoga videos from Cosmic Kids Yoga

Live P.E lessons every day with Joe Wicks

Activity sheets from David Walliams