All smiles for kids at activities afternoon

childrenram.'James Duff at Ponds Forge for activity event for disabled children
childrenram.'James Duff at Ponds Forge for activity event for disabled children
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DISABLED children and their families turned out in their droves to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at Ponds Forge.

The event was organised by the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum, a group of mums and dads of youngsters with disabilities and special educational needs.

More than 80 children took part in activities including swimming, trampolining, street dance and ball sports.

And while the kids enjoyed free activities, parents found out about new childcare initiatives for disabled children.

Forum trustee Deborah Woodhouse said: “If your child has additional needs, finding suitable childcare can be extremely difficult.

“Many parents even have to give up work altogether.

“This is why the forum has been working with the council to develop schemes such as a register of trained student practitioners available to work as one to one carers, and a network of specialist childminders.”

Childminder Joy Worthington said: “I really enjoyed meeting the children and their parents.”

Liz Roe, service manager for Strategy and Partnership at the council, added: “We hope these new initiatives will help to fill what is a real gap in the local childcare market.”

Parents wishing to find out more should email sign@sheffinfolink.org.uk or call 0114 2669476.