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Summer Childcare for Disabled Children

For parents of children with cerebral palsy, the summer holidays can be a real struggle when it comes to juggling work and summer holiday childcare.

Parents of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities may find they have to compromise, adapt their working hours or pay over the odds for the convenience of flexible childcare.

Choosing the right childcare can be a difficult decision for any parent but if you are a parent who needs support in caring for a child with a learning or physical disability or an acquired brain injury, you want a service that you can trust to maximise their potential and independence.

There are a number of options when it comes to summer childcare. We take you through just a few.

Different childcare options

Support from birth

The Early Support Programme is for parents and carers of disabled children and young people from birth to adulthood. When you participate in the programme you will be assigned a keyworker who will assist you in identifying appropriate childcare.

Child minders

Home-based childcare can provide an excellent setting for caring for a disabled child and many childminders are trained and qualified to work with children with disabilities. The National Childminding Association has national networks that cater for children with a range of disabilities, and even has a vacancy matching service to pair parents with relevant carers in their area. Reputable childminders will offer you the chance to spend time in their home environment before your child begins and should be happy to discuss ways they can adapt their service to ensure your child feels included and secure.

Out of school clubs

Out of school clubs and holiday play schemes give children the chance to socialise with their peers and take part in constructive activities during the summer holidays. Your child’s school should be able to tell you whether this service is available and what it consists of.

Home carers

Home carers offer a similar service to childminders but they look after your child in your home. Care workers help your child through their normal daily routine from getting up and dressed to helping them participate in indoor and outdoor activities.

Whichever service you decide on, you should be open and honest with the caregiver, and give them clear and detailed information about your child’s abilities and needs. Take time to visit and get comfortable with the care setting and agree a settling in period until you are happy to leave them.

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