Children’s Home-based Short Breaks Service

Providing short breaks at home for children with a range of learning disabilities and complex health needs.

Highpoint Business Village

01233 649288 or 0300 123 1552

Unit 3, Henwood Estate, Ashford, Kent TN24 8DH

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Who we are

We are a team of support workers who are experienced carers, nursery nurses and play specialists and who offer short breaks of up to four hours to children and young people with a range of needs, and their families. The breaks are provided at home, in the community or in a local hospital. We work with children who have a complex health need such as an unstable airway or seizures, a life limiting or life threatening illness such as cancer or cystic fibrosis, a physical disability such as severe cerebral palsy or a chronic condition such as spina bifida.

What we do

Support workers carry out activities that the child enjoys or would like to do, such as art and craft, sensory activities, going for a walk to the park or the indoor play centre, making or listening to music, story-telling and singing and playing with toys.

Our support workers care for the medical, physical, social, intellectual and wellbeing of the children and are trained in skills such as administering oxygen, tracheostomy care, stoma care, nasogastric tube feeding and care of a central line. The support workers also look after the child’s personal care needs and make sure the child is safe at all times.

We also arrange joint visits with representatives from physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and portage units so that our support workers can carry out portage programmes, speech and language exercises or physiotherapy with the children we support. We can also help children communicate using, for example, the picture exchange communication system or Makaton.

How do you use this service?

You can be referred to the service by any professional already involved with your family.

Your comments

February 2017

Nothing but positive things to say about the short breaks service.

October 2016

As parents we feel Rachel has got vast experience and we feel we can trust her looking after (child's name).

September 2016

We trust my son's carer 100% with him.

September 2016

Always been very helpful, easy to talk to and great advice and ideas. Always friendly and welcoming.

July 2016

Rachel is fantastic, great service, can't say how great it is.

July 2016

Staff are great. Really look after my child well.

July 2016

My son loves spending time with her and sessions are great.