April 27, 2016

SEN Summer Camps


Every summer, Role Models are run Special Educational Needs (SEN) Activity Camps for a maximum of 25 children per camp (aged 6-12) with mild to moderate needs.

To see our latest summer courses, please click here or visit this URL



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.

This year (2017) there are three venues;

Venue 1:  Albemarle School, Princes Way, Southfields, SW19 6JP.

Venue 2: Netley Primary School, 74 Stanhope Street, Regent’s Park, Nw1 3EX.

Venue 3: Strathmore School at Grey Court, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, TW10 7HN.

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

Testimonials from previous camps

“I just wanted to say you and the team have been superb and Arlo has had a brilliant start and continues to love every minute of his time with you all at Camp. Thank you for making it such an opportunity for him to love time with new kids doing fun activities in such a great space.”

“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”  

“Hugo the camp was brilliant and Daniel absolutely LOVED going so thats was great”

“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 enthusiastic & engaging Role Models is able to create a safe and fun environment for children with a range of specific learning difficulties.

The structure we provide.  We ensure we follow a visual timetable each day, which is sent to parents a week in advance of the camp so the children can understand the structure of the day and know what to expect.  We also send an activity timetable and a social story to ensure everyone is as prepared as possible.

The originality of our activities.  We may a concerted effort to design fun, original activities that the children are unlikely to have done at school.  The camp activity timetable is put together by the Head of Art & Design at Blossom House Special Needs School, who is a superb creative.

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.


Who will be running the Camps?

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

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 will a day involve?

Below is an example day plan:

09.15 – 09.30 ARRIVAL

09.30 – 09.45 WELCOME: Children design their name badges and the visual timetable for the day is talked through.

09.45 – 10.30 Ice breaker whole group dynamic activity e.g. Parachute games.

10.30 – 10.45 BREAK: For a snack and a drink of water.

10.45 – 11.30 A choice between calming & dynamic activities e.g. Biscuit decorating or egg & spoon race.

11.30 – 12.15 A choice between calming & dynamic activities e.g. Papier mache or musical chairs.

12.15 – 13.00 LUNCH

13.00 – 13.45 Sensory & calming activity e.g. Feely box, story reading & writing.

13.45 – 14.30 Outside play.

14.30 – 15.00 Food activity e.g. Making smoothies or fruit kebabs.

15.00 – 15.30 PRIZE GIVING: Whole group prizes and reflecting on the day.

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.


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.

How much will the camp cost?



Each camp costs £72/day (incl VAT), discounted to £60/day (incl VAT) if all 5 days of the course are booked. See below for information about funding, and please see our SEN camps page for info on each camp.

Unfortunately childcare vouchers are not accepted.

Is financial support available?

Funding is available from Wandsworth, Merton, Richmond & Kingston and Sutton local authorities. Other LAs may also support parents if you ask your relevant contact.

Wandsworth offer to pay up to £50 per day – maximum of £500 per year – if your child is in a medium or high disability living allowance (DLA) group and does not access other council funded services. They request that you always pay a minimum of £10 per day towards the camps. If this applies to you, please email [email protected] with a copy of your DLA form and so we can send you a very short (we promise!) council form to complete. We then send this on to Wandsworth who normally provide confirmation with a day or two.

Richmond & Kingston can offer £25 per day through the Aiming Higher short breaks budget. If you’re interested in this, please ask your local authority representative or support worker to email Caroline Jager – [email protected] – with a summary of your child’s disability and which days you’d like to attend.

Merton’s funding varies on a case by case basis. Please email Michelle Butcher – [email protected] – for more information.

Sutton also varies on a case by case basis.  Please email Lisa Stevens – [email protected] – for more information.

How can I book?

If you’ve not attended one of our camps before, please click here to see each camp & booking linked to each. Before confirming a place, we will assess the information to ensure your child will make the most of our camp’s activities and will be comfortable in the environment.

If you’ve previously attended our camps, then please book by sending an email to [email protected] with the dates you’d like to book and any significant changes to the registration information you’ve provided in the past.

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 parent’s first hand experiences and be able to ask questions.