Our home learning services have been doing a few extra festive activities as we get closer to Christmas!
Our Home learning team in Camden had a Superstars party, with the Mayor of Camden coming along to celebrate too. As a mother with a disabled child herself, she loved having the chance to meet other parents. She noted in a post to us on social media - "Thank you for inviting me, I enjoyed meeting the children, and getting the opportunity to chat to some mums as well"
In the past week, we got sent these lovely pictures from our Southwark Home learning team. Pictured here below are Isla and Maya exploring an Edible Messy Play activity during a Developmental Play Session.
Home learning, also known as Portage, is an early education intervention programme which recognises parents as the main educators for their child. The service is for disabled children aged up to five years (mainly pre-nursery stage) or whose development is causing concern.
In partnership with parents, we plan individual programmes for each child. Weekly or fortnightly visits are made where toys and equipment are left for the family to work on during the week. The activities are based on the toys and equipment. We focus on encouraging the child to reach the next stage of their development. All achievements, large or small, are celebrated.
One of our Home learning practitioners Celia, notes the progress of one of the children she's worked with, Selena.
"Watching a child take their first steps is one of the joys of parenthood. Yet when I first met Selena, she couldn’t even sit up, roll over or crawl.She was born eight weeks prematurely and has cerebral palsy. At first, she had very limited gross motor skills. Her debilitating condition caused damage to the parts of her brain that control balance, movement and posture. At eight months, she was sleeping and eating like a newborn. All the developmental milestones that mark the beginning of a child’s life were absent.
Now she’s fast approaching her second birthday and the change in her is remarkable. She can do puzzles and scribbling like any child her age. She can sit independently, pull herself up to standing and has started crawling. It takes a huge amount of energy for Selena to control her little body to do these simple things. But she’s very determined, loves to play and is full of smiles. The distance she’s travelled since her early months is astounding. I can’t tell you how much it means to her Mum and Dad that Selena has exceeded the expectations set for her during the first few months of her life. Too often,parents are told what their disabled child can’t do, not what they can do, with the right support."
Our Home Learning service needs your help! Just £25 could help pay for a home learning session for a child like Selena. In fact, anything you can give will make a huge difference to the children and families KIDS supports. Please help us if you can.