We offer a wide variety of services, play opportunities and activity sessions at our purpose built indoor centre and outdoor adventure playground, where children with disabilities can enjoy themselves, while parents and other siblings can take a break.
Our services are currently used by over 500 families in the Essex area and we have a range of children on our books, from birth up until the age of 25, including those with speech and language difficulties, autistic spectrum, epilepsy and those with physical and learning difficulties
Parents and families also receive networking opportunities with other families in similar circumstances and also from our dedicated
and experienced team.
Our Activity Clubs run all year round, during term time and the school holidays.
This gives the families of additional needs children a break and opportunity to undertake other activities, safe in the knowledge their
children are being cared for.
All of our play sessions are led by experienced, NVQ Level 3 staff (or higher) who are trained in first aid and Child Safeguarding.
Staff and volunteers are also CRB checked before they join PARC.
Children also receive one to one care on their first visit to the centre to fully assess their needs.
WHY ARE PARC SERVICES SO IMPORTANT?
ALL CHILDREN NEED PLAY
CHILDREN LEARN THROUGH PLAY
ADDITIONAL NEEDS CHILDREN NEED PLAY OPPORTUNITIES AS MUCH, IF NOT MORE THAN OTHER CHILDREN
MANY ADDITIONAL NEEDS CHIlDREN FIND IT DIFFICULT TO ACCESS MAINSTREAM PLAY FACILITIES FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS
INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS
Referral Process for New PARC Families
You will need to register for the Essex Short Breaks service to receive a passport number which allows you to access PARC services. Follow the link below to register for your passport number.
Complete a new PARC registration form on the link below. Your Short Breaks passport number will be needed to complete this form.
Attend one of our sessions based on your child’s age.
Children under 5 can attend any under 5’s session for a tour of PARC.
Children aged 5 and over to attend a Sunday Stay and Play session.
Children and young people aged 11 to 25 to attend a Youth Club session.
CURRENT PLAY OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIVITY & SUPPORT SESSIONS AT PARC
Here you will find everything you need to know about our PARC Activity Sessions, including online booking links, schedules of events and activities and how we plan and work each session. Please click the buttons below to find out more. Alternatively you can call the PARC (Essex) centre and speak to one of our staff members who will be more than happy to help with any queries or questions.
PARC CENTRE OFFICE: 01376 528999