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FAQs

Where do your services run?

We currently run the holiday club and U5s meet ups at Ben Rhydding Scout Hut, Wheatley Lane, Ilkley, LS29 8ET. Saturday sessions currently run at Beechcliffe Special School, Greenhead Rd, Utley, BD20 6ED. We don't own or lease our own premises so venues are subject to change.

When do services run?

Holiday Club runs in the Christmas, Easter and in the Summer holidays. We follow the Bradford Local Authority holiday schedule. Saturday sessions are term time but we don't have a regular booking, we run them when the venue is available. Our U5s meet ups run fortnightly on Thursdays in term time. Please contact us for upcoming dates. Sessions are run if we have sufficient funds.

Who is Moor Time for?

Any young person aged 0-25 with an additional need that is diagnosed or being investigated. Activities are planned with young people with learning disabilities or significant development delays in mind. 

How many places are there?

Usually there are 15 supported places available in each session, and five places for young people who need to attend with their own DBS-checked PA. Our specialist sessions for young people with medical needs and severe learning disabilities run with lower numbers. 

How much does it cost?

  • Standard cost: £25 per day 

  • Families with more than one special needs child: £25 for first child, £12.50 for additional children

  • Families eligible for free school meals: free with a refundable deposit on attendance

  • Children who have to attend with their own DBS-checked PA: £10 per day

  • Different fees for families paying through Direct Payments or Personal Budgets - please contact us

Half day sessions are half the prices above. Our U5s meet ups are free to attend.  

Can I attend with my young person?

Family carers are welcome at our U5s meet ups, as we don't fully staff these to be able to offer complete support to the little ones that attend. 

 

In general however, Moor Time is a respite provider rather than a stay and play so we offer places for young people to be looked after by our staff, or by their own DBS-checked personal assistant. If you are looking for a stay and play where family carers and non-disabled siblings can also come, please contact us as we can suggest some other great local schemes, depending on your child’s needs and age.

 

We prefer family carers not to stay for several reasons:

 

  • There are other excellent charities (including the charity we launched from, LS29) that offer lots of activities for the whole family. Part of the purpose for us in running Moor Time is to give families some respite time.

 

  • All adults who are working closely and regularly with young people in our setting need to be DBS-checked.

 

  • It can be unsettling for young people attending the scheme with a staff member or PA to care for them, if they become aware that other children have family carers present.

 

In some circumstances we will allow family carers to stay on site – for example if their young person requires medical interventions our staff haven’t been trained to offer, and no healthcare assistant is available.

 

What if my young person might struggle to settle in?

Please contact us to discuss and we will try to send any information, a social story and/or pictures that will help you to prepare them. On their first day, you can meet their keyworker to talk. Depending on current Covid regulations, you may be able to stay at the club with your young person for a while until you feel that they are comfortable. Some family carers who have traveled a distance choose to stay in Ilkley for the day during the first session so we can call them for an early collection if their young person needs it. However this is unusual and the majority of young people settle in very quickly.

What do the young people do?

Activities include trips, sensory and messy play, arts and crafts, baking, physical games and sports, outdoors learning, music, life skills practice and community visits.

What about lunch?

We provide healthy snacks and drinks, and we usually also provide a free hot lunch at whole day sessions. Your young person may prefer familiar food from home though so feel free to send a packed lunch. We ask parents/carers to give us as much information as possible about dietary and feeding needs on booking. Please do not send food that contains nuts due to allergies. 

Can you accommodate a young person with high level medical needs?

We do our best to accommodate young people with complex medical needs and have a designated session for young people who need a high level of medical support with a nurse on site. If our staff are not able to support them, there may be the option of sending them with someone who can – they are welcome to attend with their own DBS-checked PA.

If your young person has a care plan, please provide us with an up-to-date copy in advance of the session or on attendance. Medication will only be administered if prescribed by a doctor with the child's name and dosage on the medication bottle. Medication must be in date. Children will not be allowed to stay at holiday club if parents do not bring life-saving medication with them such as EpiPens, inhalers or seizure medication. Permission to administer medication forms must be signed by parent/carer.

Can you accommodate challenging behaviour?

Again, we can’t promise but we will do our best to accommodate young people with conditions that cause challenging behaviours, and have a designated session for young people with complex needs. We have staff who are experienced in managing behaviour and a high staffing ratio with some 1:1 places available in each session. There may also be the option of your young person attending with their own DBS-checked PA(s) if our staff members aren't qualified to meet their need.

 

We recognise all behaviours are a form of communication, so our staff support young people to have a voice through the use of preferred communication methods such as Makaton signing, communication aids and visual time tables. We support young people to build resilience, promoting physical and mental wellbeing to help reduce crisis situations into learning opportunities. 

If your young person has a behaviour support plan, please provide us with an up-to-date copy in advance of the session or on attendance.

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