Siobhan from Skylarks
Our Stay, Play and Support sessions on Friday mornings are aimed at families who have pre-school children with additional needs.
We also offer our sensory play sessions called All Your Senses on Friday mornings. These are now booked as part of the same activity as the Stay and Play. You can attend both the play session and All Your Senses.
We have two timed sessions each Friday morning:
Session 1: 10.00 - 11.00 Stay, Play and Support plus All Your Senses session 1
Session 2: 11.00 - 12.00 Stay, Play and Support plus All Your Senses session 2
All Your Senses is a new group activity designed to engage your child's senses and to allow them to try out new textures, sounds and smells. The group is led by Siobhan, our Skylarks staff member who is a trained Early Years practitioner. This is a structured session where activities will be brought out one after another, designed to encourage children to participate in their own way and to enjoy interacting with their parent or carer.
Activities may include:
- hidden sounds
- dried pasta
- objects hidden in cold cooked spaghetti
- natural objects
- squishy bags of paint
- bubble wrap painting
- shaving foam colour mixing
These will be adapted to suit the ages, developmental stages and needs of the children who are booked in, so please book early to allow us preparation time.
Please let us know if your child has any allergies or intolerances such as wheat/gluten, so that we can provide alternatives, such as different types of play dough.
Families who have older children who are home-educated or not attending school for other reasons (such as school refusal or school-based anxiety) are also very welcome. Please let us know if you are bringing an older child so that we can prepare toys and activities for them.
Please do not bring your child if they are off school because they are ill. We can not allow anyone who is feeling unwell or sick into our sessions.
Our playroom at the Crossway Centre will be arranged so that 2 families can bring their children to play. While your children are playing, you can be in the same room talking to a member of Skylarks staff or an outside expert for support, information and advice. Depending on the size of your family, we may also be able to have a volunteer in the room to play with your children. Another family will be socially-distanced with their children and a staff member in the other half of the room.
We put out separate boxes of toys for each family. These will then be quarantined for at least 72 hours. If there is a particular toy that your child/ren like, please let us know and we will do our best to make it available.
· You need to book EACH child in, so that we know numbers to expect
· If you have not booked, you will unfortunately not be able to attend
Our Friday morning sessions are operating in a Covid-secure way. We need to ensure social distancing and extra hygiene measures in order to reduce the risk of an outbreak.
Our Stay and Play sessions will no longer be drop-in. Families must book in advance as numbers will be limited.
What do I need to do before I come?
Please bring a mask and/or visor with you for all adults (unless exempt).
Please read our new guidelines carefully.
Please book online.
What will happen when I arrive at the Crossway Centre?
There will be hand sanitising points throughout the building. Everyone must sanitise their hands on arrival and before leaving.
All adults and children will have their temperature taken using a digital contactless thermometer.
You will be asked to wear a mask and/or visor, unless you are exempt. Children do not have to wear a mask but may do so.
Buggies and prams must be left outside if possible, under the fire escape. For those who need their buggy/wheelchair inside because of medical equipment etc, please leave it at the far end of the hall where it will not obstruct exits or access to the lift.
What will sessions at the Crossway Centre look like?
Sessions will be shortened. We are open from 3pm to 5pm on Tuesdays and from 10am to 12 midday on Fridays
All staff and volunteers will wear face masks and/or visors. The staff will also wear purple Skyarks T-shirts, so that you can recognise us!
We have added in extra hygiene measures. The staff and volunteers will clean high use areas frequently, will wash hands regularly and sanitise all communal equipment.
The staff will encourage social distancing. This means that you will be encouraged to come only for the activity you have booked in for and not to stay and chat unfortunately.
Please try not to use the lift unless you have to, as Skylarks staff can’t accompany families in the lift at the moment.
You may bring your own snacks, but please do not share them and please do not bring anything containing nuts or sesame. Please do not leave water bottles where they might be used by others. Please supervise your children when eating to make sure they don’t leave food lying around and please clean up any spillages or leftovers.
We can make you a cup of tea or coffee which one member of staff or volunteer will be responsible for handling. Please keep all hot drinks out of the reach of children.
The playroom will be set up with fewer toys than usual. We won’t have soft toys and unfortunately we cannot have the sensory room at the moment. All communal toys and equipment will be cleaned between uses. Each family will be provided with their own box of toys, equipment or instruments to use at the sessions which will then be quarantined for 72 hours before the next use.
Please wipe the toilet down, especially the seat and handle, after you or your child have used it.
If your child has a toileting accident, we ask you to clean up, as staff and volunteers can no longer do this. We will provide gloves and cleaning materials. Please have a spare set of clothes with you.
Donations can be made by contactless card reader, not in cash.
Anyone who is feeling unwell or showing any Covid-19 symptoms is asked not to attend. The symptoms can vary from person to person and from adults to children but may include:
· a high temperature
· a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
· a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
· breathing difficulties
· vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps in children
When booking, you will need to tick to say that you agree with the following statements and procedures:
· I confirm that my family and I do not have symptoms of Coronavirus and will cancel our booking if we develop symptoms
· I confirm that my family and I have not knowingly been in close contact with anyone with a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the last 2 weeks
· I confirm that my family and I have not returned from any country requiring quarantine in the last 2 weeks
· I will follow the Coronavirus safety routines used by Skylarks
Thank you for helping to make Skylarks a safe place for everyone