Susie from Skylarks
Our Stay, Play and Support sessions on Friday mornings are aimed at families who have pre-school children with additional needs. Come and be part of the Skylarks community!
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
The Session runs from 10am - 12pm
While your children are playing in our playroom at the Crossway Centre, 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.
ON SOME FRIDAYS WE HAVE A SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPIST AT OUR SESSIONS, WHO WORKS PARTICULARLY WITH CHILDREN WHO HAVE AUTISM. SHE WILL BE ABLE TO TALK TO PARENTS INDIVIDUALLY AND GIVE YOU IDEAS OF GAMES AND ACTIVITES YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILD'S LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT. PLEASE NOTE, SHE WILL BE THERE IN A PERSONAL CAPACITY AND IS NOT REPRESENTING ANY LOCAL AUTHORITY OR HEALTH AUTHORITY.
Friday 22nd April: Speech and language therapist
Friday 29th April: Autism Morning at Skylarks
The morning of Friday 29th April will be specifically for families of young children (pre-school or early years primary) with autism or who are on the pathway to an autism diagnosis. This will be a chance for parents to meet one another and chat to Skylarks staff. We will also have a speech and language therapist on hand to answer any queries you may have.
You are very welcome to bring your child to play while you chat.
Please book in for our 10 – 12 o’clock session. We will have a limited number of places and anticipate we may have a waiting list, so if you confirm a place and are unable to take it up, please let us know so we can offer it to someone else. If this is a popular event we will run another one for those who are not able to attend this time.
· 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. Families must book in advance as numbers will be limited.
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.
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?
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 can 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 run 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!
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.
A staff member or volunteer can make you a cup of tea or coffee. Please keep all hot drinks out of the reach of children.
If your child has a toileting accident, we ask you to clean up. We will provide gloves and cleaning materials. Please have a spare set of clothes with you.
Donations can be made by contactless card reader or via our website, 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