Michaela Eggleston from Skylarks
Michaela Eggleston from our SEND Advice Service holds clinics at our sessions. These need to be booked in advance.
During the Easter holidays, Michaela will be at our play sessions at Marble Hill Park outside in the kitchen garden. Appointments are available with her on
Tuesdays and Fridays over the Easter holidays at either 10.30am or 12.30pm.
Michaela can offer information and advice on all aspects of getting the right support in school for children with additional needs. This includes: getting an EHCP, EHC needs assessment, refusal to assess, refusal to issue, annual reviews, change of placement/school, guidance on how to check a draft EHCP and home-to-school transport.
Please book an appointment here.
You can also upload any documents relevant to your child's education so that Michaela can see them in advance of your appointment and then you won't need to bring them with you. We will give you further instructions on how to do this.
Please note, our volunteers will be able to play with your children within your sight while you are talking to Michaela, but you will still be ultimately responsible for them.
We are very pleased that English Heritage have given us exclusive use of their small kitchen garden at Marble Hill Park on Tuesdays and Fridays over the Easter holidays.
This small gated garden is used by local community groups to grow vegetables. It has a fence round the garden with one access gate. There is grass and some benches.
The kitchen garden can be found very near the car park and just beyond the playcentres (which are unfortunately closed).
Two members of our staff, Gabi/Siobhan/Susie/Fiona, will be there and usually a volunteer too, to play with your children while you talk to Michaela.
We will be social distancing, so please don’t expect hugs – but we will be happy to see you in real life!
There will be other Skylarks families in the garden at the same time, but they will need to keep socially distant from each other. You are also welcome to come with one other family or grandparents if you are part of the same bubble and this will count as one family.
Our staff members will be there to help and supervise social distancing. Parents are however responsible for their children at all times.
We will provide some toys and activities that we will disinfect or quarantine between uses. These will be low-key ground-based activities so that we don’t damage plants – no ball games unfortunately. If you book a reasonable time in advance, this will allow us to bring suitable toys and plan our activities accordingly. We plan to have puzzles, plastic baby toys, arts and crafts, sensory toys etc, but please let us know if there is one of our toys that your child particularly likes and we will do our best to bring it with us.
The sessions will take place in most weathers, unless it is very heavy rain. Please dress yourself and your children appropriately and bring sun cream, umbrellas or wellies, depending on the weather. There is no inside space or cover apart from some trees.
You are welcome to bring a picnic rug or a fold-up chair for your own use.
You may want to bring some toys or games for your own use.
You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or visor and to keep 2 metres distant of Skylarks staff and other families. We will have hand sanitiser and wipes available but you may want to bring your own too.
There are public toilets in the portakabins on the edge of the car park. These are cleaned every morning. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet.
There is wheelchair access to market garden, as the ground is flat but it will involve going across grass
Marble Hill Park is just round the corner from our usual venue. Go in the main gate with the big white stately home in front of you. Follow the path round to the left to the car park. From there walk over to the left towards the playcentres and you will see the gated garden ahead of you.
There is a pay and display car park at Marble Hill Park (currently £2.50 for up to 2 hours and £3.50 for up to 3 hours or free to English Heritage members. The car park is open till dusk. For sat nav users, the postcode for the car park is TW1 2NL.
There is also on street parking in nearby with a Richmond parking voucher or RingGo.
Bus numbers 33, 490, H22, R70 and R68 stop nearby and bus number H37 stops just round the corner at a stop called Poplar Court.