Children’s Residential Short Breaks Service

Providing overnight short breaks to children with special needs.

Windchimes Resource Centre

01227 741748

Reynolds Close, Mickleburgh Hill, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 6DS

Windchimes@kent.gov.uk

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Fairlawn

01233 621803

Kingsnorth Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 6LY

Fairlawn@kent.gov.uk

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Bluebells

01622 631795

The Street, Detling, Kent ME14 3JT

Bluebells@kent.gov.uk

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Sunrise

01892 543045

London Road, Southborough, Kent TN4 0RJ

Sunrise@kent.gov.uk

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Treetops

01322 626840

87 Invicta Road, Dartford, Kent DA2 6AY

TreetopsShortBreak@kent.gov.uk

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

General enquiries
0300 123 1552
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Who we are

We are a joint team of Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust and KCC staff who support five children’s residential short breaks units located across Kent. We provide overnight short breaks to children from five to 18 who have learning disabilities, social communication disorders, complex health needs and challenging behaviour.

Children receive specialised educational provision and each unit has a practice educator nurse who ensures staff are adequately trained and competent to deliver clinical care to the children using the service. We support children 24 hours a day, seven days a week and only close at Christmas and for two separate weeks a year for staff training in March/April and September/October. We also work with charities such as Barnardos.

What we do

After taking a referral from the child’s social worker we create a comprehensive care plans that begins with introducing the young person to the service and builds up to overnight stays. Children usually stay for two to four-night blocks and are encouraged to participate in a range of activities.

Each of the units is equipped with a range of facilities, including soft play room, sensory room, a spa pool, safe and accessible outside spaces, equipment and gardens, large play rooms for craft activities, games and toys. Three of the units have children’s ICT rooms.

We aim to provide homely and welcoming breaks in an environment which encourages children to have fun, grow and develop, aided by clear boundaries and a consistent approach.

How do you use this service?

You can get in touch using the information here or talk to your healthcare professional. Referral is via your child’s social worker from the Disabled Children’s Service.

Your comments

June 2017
Tunbridge Wells

Really helpful and useful tips for my 3 year old. Very happy extremely satisfied. Thank you.

January 2017
Ashford

All staff trained to a high standard and show an understanding and passion for caring for the disabled child. An essential service to support families and maintain family life. First rate care.

January 2017
Ashford

Fairlawn's team over the years has really helped my child become a more understanding young man. His confidence has come on leaps and bounds.

January 2017
Ashford

Lovely setting, my son loves it which in turn relaxes the rest of the family to enjoy our special time.

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