January 9, 2016

SEN Easter Camps 2016


This Easter, Role Models are running two Special Educational Needs (SEN) Activity Camps for a maximum of 25 children per camp (aged 6-12) from April 4-8 at Vanessa Nursery in Ravenscourt Park and at Albemarle School in Wandsworth.  Both venues are used as nurseries / schools during term time so are completely secure and designed for children.  The camp will be run by teachers from Blossom House School (a leading special needs school in Motspur Park) and other London schools.

Below is a video from one of our summer camps that offers an overview and provides some parent feedback.

Each day will be a balance of calm, dynamic, sensory and food activities, such as games of balloon tennis, designing posters & pictures, yoga, cupcake decorating, team competitions, music & gaming sessions plus some brand new activities.  The camp has been organised off the back of huge demand from parents for SEN focused activities run by experts.  There will be a minimum of 1:5 staff to children ratio.

If you have any questions or would like to book please email [email protected] or call 020 7164 6397.

Wandsworth dates:  April 4-8 inclusive (9.30am – 3.30pm daily).

Address:  Albemarle School, Princes Way, Southfields, SW19 6JP.

Ravenscourt Park dates:  April 4-8 inclusive (9.30am – 3.30pm daily).

Address:  Vanessa Nursery School, Cathnor Road, London, W12 9JA.

Testimonials from previous camps

“The organisers and the organisation was simply amazing. I feel very lucky to have come across an item on the camp in Families magazine, as there are too few appropriate activities for my child during the holidays!”

“I really want to commend you as a company – I’ve had nine years of SEN services and Role Models is really something else. Combined with Wandsworth funding this REALLY feels like help, which doesn’t happen often! Thank you.”

“This was the most organised extracurricular activity our child has ever been involved in. It’s also ten times more organised than his school is.”

“I would like you to know Max loved his time in your camp and we look forward to doing it again. Thanks also for the lovely pictures”

“Pre-camp info was great. The visual timetable and story about the camp were brilliant”  

“I think that knowing my child was looked after by members of staff who work with SEN children and trained in that field was the most important to us”

“Amalia loved her time with you and we will definitely spread the word amongst the groups we are in”  

“Will be writing to other mums about my son’s time in camp & hope to have some of his friends attend the Christmas camp”  

“Thomas said he had really enjoyed himself and said he would definitely like to go again”  

“Sonny had a great time … Will certainly be booking the Easter Camp”

Why choose Role Models?

The quality of our people.  We are one of the very few childcare providers to offer specialist SEN care.  Our team of talented, enthusiastic and dynamic Role Models is able to create a safe and fun environment for children with a range of specific learning difficulties.  Each Role Model has been selected because he or she possesses a talent in at least one of five specific areas: music, drama, sport, arts & crafts or homework help.

Which specific special needs are our SEN Camps catered for?

The activity weeks will meet the needs of children with mild to moderate special needs such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Down’s Syndrome, Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

What ages are most appropriate for our SEN Camps?

The special needs camp will be suitable for 6-12 year olds.  We will do some whole group activities and split the group depending on age & interest. 

How do we prepare you and your child for our SEN Camps?

A week before the camp we send out a visual timetable, social story & full activity timetable so you can run through this with your child beforehand and make sure they’re comfortable with how the week will run.


What safety checks are in place?

All Role Models taking part in the SEN Camp have extensive SEN childcare experience, are DBS / CRB checked, reference checked and interviewed.  At least one will be First Aid trained.

How much will the camp cost?

The cost is £60/day, discounted to £50/day if all five days are booked.  Unfortunately childcare vouchers are not accepted.

Is financial support available?

Funding is available from Wandsworth, Merton and Sutton local authorities. Other LAs may also support parents if you ask your relevant contact. Wandsworth, for example, offer to pay £50 of the £60 per day – up to £500 per year – if you have a medium-high disability living allowance and do not access other council funded services.


Should children bring their own lunch?

Parents / guardians will need to provide a packed lunch and break time snack for their child, for each day of the special needs camp. Water will be available on site.

Who will be running the Camps?

Jessica Huckin (a teacher from Blossom House, Motspur Park – a school specialising in SEN children) will be designing the events.  Our team of SEN experienced Role Models will run the day.  They will be a mixture of teachers, drama-therapists and teaching assistants.

Can a mainstream (or neuro-typical) sibling attend the Camps?

Yes, they absolutely can but the special needs camp is designed for SEN children and will be run at an appropriate pace with suitable activities.

What if I’m still feeling unsure?

The parents of children who have attended our camps before are more than happy to chat to new parents about their experiences of our SEN camps.  Please get in touch and we can arrange for you to speak to a parent of a child with similar needs.  It’s always reassuring to hear about people’s first hand experiences and be able to ask questions.

How can you book?

You can book either by email or phone ([email protected] / 020 7164 6397).