Oak Hill ASD Childcare

Oak Hill ASD Childcare

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  • Children / families
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Young people

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We aim to offer quality childcare to children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and complex needs during the school holidays. 

We provide a range of play activities in a welcoming atmosphere, allowing parents/carers in the local community to return to work/education/training and to offer respite care. 

The majority of children and young people who access our club, due to their complex needs, require at least 1:1 support, sometimes an even higher ratio. 

Due to the high nature of support or specialist training required, there are no alternative childcare facilities for the families who access our service.  As a result, many parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and complex needs have no alternative but to give up work.

In addition to providing childcare and great experiences, our purpose is also to provide choices and opportunities for children and young people with ASD and complex needs and their families, that are comparable to the choices and opportunities that mainstream children, young people and their families have.   


Oak Hill ASD Childcare provides childcare from 8.30am - 5.30pm during the school holidays  Our club runs in Ysgol Bryn Derw ASD Special School.  

At the club the child can play in:

  • Soft plays rooms
  • Sensory rooms
  • A large hall
  • Large outdoor play equipment 

Due to the needs of our children, the activities at the club are child-centred using choice boards.  This means that we prepare to offer a wide range of activities that the children can access with their support worker (and other children), these play opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Sensory play
  • Soft plays
  • Using the large outdoor play equipment
  • Ball play
  • Board games
  • Parachute games
  • Puzzles (large piece jigsaws etc.)
  • Using musical instruments
  • Reading
  • Puppets
  • Role-play toys (farms, etc.)
  • Arts and crafts (sticking, glueing, painting, drawing)
  • Cooking

A day in the club is typical as follows:

  • Arrival
  • Supported play
  • Snacks
  • Supported play
  • Lunch
  • Supported play
  • Snacks
  • Support play
  • Leaving

Provided we have funding available we offer regular music workshops, yoga, massage, sports sessions (e.g. disability tennis) and other fun activities such as circus skills workshops. 

As you can imagine there is a lot of hard work by various people while the club is running.  In order to run the club safely and securely, a lot of work also takes place prior to the club opening:

  • Recruitment (manager x1, deputies x 2, support workers 10-20)
  • Onboarding (DBS checks, etc.)
  • Training - "standard" training such as safeguarding, food hygiene, first aid, etc. & specialist training such as Understanding Autism, Managing Challenging Behaviour, communicating with non-verbal individuals etc. 
  • Scheduling staff shifts
  • Assessing the children and young people applying to use the service to ensure we can meet their needs
  • Booking parent sessions
  • Providing materials to prepare the children and young people and their families for their time at the club

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