Skylarks is pleased to host the local Home Education/Not in School Support Group for parents of children with additional needs.
Some parents of children with additional needs have children who are not in formal education or are considering de-registering their child from school. This can be for a wide variety of reasons and can be a deliberate long-term decision or a short-term measure due to difficulties with schooling or no school placement being named or available. Others have children who for various reasons, such as anxiety, have difficulty going in to school and can be seen as “school refusers” or “self-excluders”.
The aim of this group is to support parent-carers in their choices and decisions, to enable them to meet each other, share information and ideas and to learn more about services available to home educators. The group occasionally invites outside speakers for advice on rights and responsibilities, tutoring and education and other information.
While the parents are sharing ideas and supporting each other, the children and young people can join in with the activities we have on that day. On the Tuesday they are welcome to join our music therapy classes, cookery at 2.30pm, drama, karate and even have their hair cut! On the Friday, one of our volunteers can look after them in our playroom while the parents attend the meeting (please book in advance).
This group is organised by Aldona Zywicka-Thorton, of Hounslow Parent Carers Forum, but is open to parents who live in any borough and is not linked to any Local Authority.
The sessions vary between Tuesdays and Fridays, to make it possible for more families to attend.
When this group meets on Fridays, the times are from 10.15am to 12 midday
When this group meets on Tuesdays, the times are from 2.30 to 4pm
If you would like to attend, please book at: www.skylarks.charity
And email firstname.lastname@example.org