There are a number of local Activities and Services available that may be of interest to Parents and Carers of Oakleigh School children.
We will endeavour to keep you aware of these and if there any that you know of that isn't listed here please use our enquiry form to tell us about them.
Upcoming Events & Activities
Events List - Barnet: this links to the barnet.gov.uk web site and lists all the events taking place in the next 7, 14, 30 or 60 days. From computer courses to dressmaking there is plenty to choose from!
D.A.R.E. - Supporting SEN children to learn through play in a secure environment
Saturday Playgroup at The Village School, Kingsbury London NW9 0JY
Term Time Saturdays
- £11 per hour (1:1 will incur additional charges)
- Age 3 – 19
- Morning 9-12pm(3hrs)
- Afternoon 12-4pm (4hrs)
- Full day 9-4pm (7hrs)
- Activities: Arts and Crafts, Cooking, Sensory stories, Table top games, messy play
- Sports, Movies, Music, Sensory play
To find out more, please download an application form. (PDF document)
Activities for Children
The Summer holidays are a great time for families to spend time together, however sometimes we can all run out of ideas for fun things to do!
With that in mind we have put a together a number of interesting (and hopefully fun) ideas that you can try!
Please note that all these activities require adult supervision whilst playing or making and will continue to need supervision with the end products.
- Put the Wind to Work - Make some windmills
- Make a Sound - Make a wind chime
- Wet and Dry - Make a car wash on a Windy Day
- Squirt, Spray Wash, Paint - Spray away!
- Shelters - Pop Ups, Huts & Sheds, Awnings, Boxes, Tents & Poles and Screening
- Textures - Hang it, Sort It, Snuggle It, Spread It, Feel It & Long and Short
- Art in the Garden - Fixtures, You and me, Hand on, Painting, Think Big & Natural Materials
- Dip-Dye Tissue
- Sand Picture
- Combed Collage
- Pasta Picture
- Wild Mobile
- Bread Rolls - Bake a batch of delicious rolls!
- Shake and Sip - Make a fruity summery smoothie!
- Pirate Biscuits - A tasty treat for all the family!
- Munchy Muffins - Indulge yourself with these mouth-watering muffins
- Birdie Bowls - get ready for some target practice!
Download Activities Booklet (149Kb PDF Document*)
also now available (July 2015)
Summer Holiday Activities (1.84Mb PDF Document*)
* Requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader
Aldenham Country Playground
This is an inclusive adventure playground for children / young people with learning difficulties. We have taken children there, and it was a huge success. It is very exciting and even has indoor play facilities including a sensory room, soft play room and a changing room which includes a hoist. Facilities including climbing frames, a cable ride and sand pit have all been specifically designed for children with disabilities.
Aldenham Country Park have now taken over the running of the Adventure Playground and some details have now changed.
Our play sessions run Tuesday to Saturday as follows:
Morning sessions: 10:00 – 13:00
Afternoon Sessions: 14:00 – 17:00
Evening sessions can also be booked (subject to availability) between 18:00-21:00
The cost is £10 for three hours, this includes the use of the entire building and sensory rooms and parking (which is charged at £4.50 for the public).
We have rates for school visits of £200 for three hours and this will give you exclusive hire of the inside play area and adventure playground.
Kyle Winfield (Playworker)
0203 642 4588/0208 953 9602
Aldenham Country Playground
Part of Aldenham Country Park
Hertfordshire, WD6 3AT
Barnet expands free leisure pass for Carers and Foster Carers
Carers and foster carers in Barnet can now enjoy free access to Barnet Council’sGLL operated leisure centres after the local authority increased access to its Leisure Pass initiative.
This means carers and foster carers can enjoy free swimming at Barnet Copthall, Finchley Lido and Church Farm Leisure Centres along with children in care and care leavers. They will also be able to enjoy concessionary discounts on a wide range of activities such as badminton sessions, group exercise classes and much more.
Chairman of Barnet Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Helena Hart, said: “It is great news that we have expanded this initiative which rewards those in our community who are doing an incredibly tough job.
“Not only will this hopefully encourage our carers and foster carers to get fit and active, but give them some welcome respite. It is another one of our Fit and Active Barnet initiatives which aim to make it easier for people to exercise who simply didn’t have the time or the access to take part in fun and enjoyable activities such as swimming.”
Barnet’s Local Offer gives children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families information about education, health and care services, leisure activities and support groups in their local area. More information can be found at: Barnet’s Local Offer and SEND
Barnet Short Breaks is a must if your child has a SEN Statement or is getting Middle Rate or higher DLA. This service is offered by Barnet Council to provide free activities and respite. Read more on http://www.barnet.gov.uk/disabled-childrens-activities PLEASE fill in the application form on http://www.barnet.gov.uk/short-breaks-application-form2010-11.pdf and return as soon as possible so not to miss out on all the latest information.
Barnet Trampolining for All - This is an established trampolining club for children of all ages with special needs. It takes place on Mondays 5.00-6.30pm, at Q E Girls School. It is run by experienced coaches, parents/carers stay with their child, and a free trial session is available to see if you child enjoys it. The cost is £6 per session, bookable half a term at a time. Please contact Theresa Bull on for more details, on 020 8343 9776 or 07701 014175.
Bond Hotel Blackpool
Your holiday should not be restricted by your disability and their priority is making your stay at the Bond Hotel as comfortable, homely and fun as possible. Part of this is catering for any specialist equipment needs you may have by providing a wide range of equipment including portable hoists, free of charge. All they ask is that you let them know what equipment you will need when you make your booking so they can ensure that it’s in your room ready for you to use from the moment you arrive.
For more information go to: Bond Hotel Blackpool
Camp Simcha exists to improve the quality of life of children suffering from Cancer or other life threatening illnesses. Their mission is to ensure that no such child, anywhere in the UK, has to suffer. Their support extends to children from 0 – 18 years of age, with any form of cancer or any other condition that represents a threat to life. These conditions include muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, many rare genetic conditions such as dysautonomia, serious heart conditions and uncontrolled seizures. Visit www.campsimcha.org.uk for details.
Changing Places Toilet Map - find a Changing Places toilet quickly and easily! Just type in the city, town, village, street or postcode into the search box and press the FIND button to search for a Changing Places toilet close to that location - very easy to use!
Charity Holiday to Florida in December
We have received the following information about a fully supported trip to Florida in December 2016, and know that some families may be eligible.
If you are interested, please follow the link below to see if you are eligible. This is nothing to do with school, but we thought that some families might be interested.
Cycling - Barnet Adult Cycle Skills Training
We can provide the free cycle skills training detailed below to individuals over the age of 16 who live, work or study in Barnet, which you may wish to promote to your members of staff and parents. Whether you’re a first-time rider or a regular cyclist looking to improve your skills, we provide free, tailored courses to suit an individual’s abilities and goals.
- Basic cycle skills – Grab life by the handlebars
Learn to cycle with a free session tailored to you. You’ll practice in a safe, off-road environment with a fully qualified instructor. In a session you’ll learn the basics, build skills and gain confidence to navigate your local area.
- Urban cycle skills – Discover Barnet
Improve your cycling skills and confidence with a free session tailored to you. You’ll start in a safe, off-road environment to refresh your cycling technique and develop new skills before moving on to practice on quiet roads. Your qualified instructor will support you throughout to help you cycle more confidently.
- Advanced cycle skills – Commute smarter. Cycle further
Perfect your cycling techniques with a free one-to-one session with a fully qualified trainer. Improve your performance when dealing with complex junctions, heavy traffic or cycling at night and receive assurance that you are cycling efficiently and effectively. Sessions are tailored to your needs.
Family cycle skills
Gain confidence and learn skills to cycle as a family with a free family cycling session. In the session a qualified instructor will teach you how to cycle with children, using quiet routes and parks. These sessions offer the opportunity to build on, or prepare for Bikeability skills taught in schools.
More details can be found in this flier (pdf document).
New Cycle Guides available
A new set of TfL cycle guides has been produced and is ready to be ordered. TfL offers cycle guides that cover every part of the greater London area. These guides show cycle routes as recommended by cyclists, including our Cycle Superhighways. Simply find the right guide for your area and order for free at tfl.gov.uk/cycleguides
Keep Cycling Throughout Winter
We think winter cycling is great and want to see as many cyclists staying in the saddle as possible from the summer. With the added leaves, wet weather and colder temperatures it may seem easier to avoid cycling in winter but here are some simple tips and reasons why cycling in winter is the best. Follow this link for advice and tips on cycling throughout winter:- Winter Cycling Tips
Women - do you love cycling?
In the UK only one woman cycles for every three men. British Cycling’s Breeze programme wants to change this. Volunteer Breeze Champions take women out on bikes on easy local rides to build confidence and let them discover the fun of cycling. Breeze rides are sociable and friendly and usually stop at a cafe for a drink and chat. If you would like to train as a Breeze Champion, visit this link and register your interest: Want to be a Breeze Champion?
DirectMe provides information on services and activities for children, young people and their families in Barnet. See www.barnet.gov.uk/directme.
Disabled Swimming Facilities in Barnet
The Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre has a disabled swimming session on Sunday afternoons 3.30-4.30pm. Telephone 020 8457 9900 or visit the the website.
The Aspire in Stanmore has a 25m pool with ramped access for wheelchair users, and disabled changing facilities, including hoists. Telephone 020 8954 5759 or visit: www.aspireleisurecentre.org.uk.
Halliwick Penguins Swimming Club provides a safe, friendly environment for swimmers with disabilities to learn and practice swimming. Telephone Arti Khuliar on 020 8482 9472 or visit: www.halliwickpenguins.org.
- Group lessons with maximum of 8 pupils per class.
- Half hour lessons.
- Children, Adults & Ladies only classes.
Swim Lessons at 3 venues:
Campsbourne School, Nightingale Lane. Hornsey N8 7AF
South Harringay Junior School, Mattison Road, Harnngay N4 1BD
St. John’s C.E. School, Crescent Road. Friem Barnet N11 3LB.
ASA Qualified Swim Teachers with CRB Checks.
Facility Hire at Barnet and Southgate College.
In partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, Barnet and Southgate College has opened a Centre of Excellence based at the Southgate Campus, North London.
The Centre is a community hub, intended to be a leading facility for sport and physical activity, training and education, with specialist facilities designed to empower people with complex and challenging physical and learning disabilities.
Facilities available include:
- Art and craft rooms
- Kitchen and catering facilities
- Drama studio Hydrotherapy pool
- Media suite
- Physiotherapy facility
- Rebound room with specialist sports equipment
- Sensory room
- Specialist classrooms and accessible facilities with ceiling tracking Sports hall
To find out more please download the Facility Hire information sheet.
Free National Trust tickets for disadvantaged families
Free National Trust tickets for disadvantaged Oakleigh School families from the Family Holiday Association.
Tickets are available to families who:
- have at least one child under 18
- won't be having a holiday this year
- be unlikely to afford a day-trip this summer. Each family pass allows free entry to a National Trust place for 'you and one other adult plus your children under 18'.
Applications must be made through Oakleigh School Office. The FHA have a limited number of tickets per region / place so please apply as soon as possible.
Check out your Museums and Places of interest to visit in Barnet and borders – please send us your recommendations, especially if they are free!
- Barnet Museum (020) 8440 8066
- British Library Newspaper Library in Colindale
- British Museum
- Cartoon Museum
- Jewish Museum London
- London Transport Museum (check on children under 16 go free and if Carers go free)
- Museum of London
- Natural History Museum
- Science Museum
- National Gallery
- Royal Airforce Museum
- St Albans Museums
- V & A Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood
- V & A Museum
- Aldenham Country Park
- Alexandra Palace
- Bekonscot Model Village and Railway
- Butterfly World Hertfordshire
- Capel Manor Gardens
- Forty Hall & Grounds
- Hampstead Heath Diary
- Hatfield House
- Highgate Woods
- Kenwood House
- Lee Valley Regional Park
- Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture
- Myddleton House Gardens
- Royal Gunpowder Mills
- Trent Country Park
- Waltham Abbey
- Willows Farm
- Wildwoods Water Garden Centre
Local activities recommended by parents of Oakleigh children:
- St John’s School – swimming for special needs children at 3.30pm on Sundays ‘Just Swim’
- North Finchley Lido - plays host to a comprehensive learn to swim programme which caters for all ages and abilities including disability
- Ruislip Lido - has a beach and is good for ASC, may not be that great for children in wheelchairs
- Park Road Pool, Crouch End - suitable for physically disabled children (pool heated to 31 degrees)
- Aspire Pool Stanmore - suitable for physically disabled children (pool heated to 31 degrees)
- Hollywood Bowl - accommodates disability quite well
- Brent Cross Shopping Centre - is designed to be an accessible and user-friendly shopping destination for everyone
- Clown Town - a safe environment and ideal for children to play and let off some steam
FYi (Barnet's families and young people's information service) is the first point of contact for any queries relating to children's services, and aims to be led by the needs of children young people and their families living in Barnet. More information at: www.barnet.gov.uk/fyi
An Oakleigh School parent recently told us about the Herts Disability Sports Hub in Welwyn Hatfield, which promotes the development of disability sport across Hertfordshire. The hub sites, Gosling Sports Park and Stanborough Park, deliver participation opportunities for people with disabilities. The Sports England funded programme is for adults within Day Services, however the staff and facility developments are available for all of the community. The hub also supports inclusive training and coach development opportunities for participants, coaches and day service staff; providing a holistic approach to inclusive sports development.
Keen is a charity in London which offers one-to-one sports and recreational opportunities for children and young adults with special needs (our 'athletes'), and their siblings, at no cost to their families and caregivers. Telephone 07858 899066 or visit: www.keenlondon.org.
MahaDevi Yoga Centre is a yoga centre specialising in offering one to one yoga therapy sessions to children with Special needs across the spectrum. The centre is equiped with all facilities to welcome all children, including wheelchair users. The sessions are on one to one bases and last 1hr. cost of treatment is £20 per session. First session is an evaluation session and therefore it is only £10. All session are tailored to the child’s needs and the progress of the treatment is monitored and tracked on weekly basis threat a feedback form filled in by the therapist. Further Evaluation meetings take place every 8 weeks.
Some of the benefits of regular yoga therapy treatments are :
- Improved body flexibility, mobility and strength
- improved sleep patterns & emotional balance
- improved digestive & Immune system function.
- Reduces anxiety level & improved spacial awareness
- improved concentration, focus and interaction abilities
The Stables Horse Activity Centre - Saturday Morning 9:30am - 12:30pm - Barnet Lane, near Barnet Football Club. Half hour sessions I think £10 per session, but you do not have to go every week. Regular can mean every 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks to suit? Christine Marchesi of YASS! really recommends this one, and it may be worth just visiting for the first couple of times to familiarise with the comings and goings. The Stables is said to be one of a few stables in the country to have insurance for under 5s. For more details please see: www.thestableshorseactivitycentre.org.uk.
Short breaks are fun breaks which may be for a few hours or a few days and offer enjoyable leisure experiences for children and young people with disabilities, and a break from caring for the parent(s) and family. A short break may be attending an after school club, a holiday play scheme or a weekend activity. It could be a break within the home or in a carer’s home or in a residential setting. It could also be an ‘extra pair of hands’ to support a young person on an outing of their choice or on a family outing. Short breaks can take many forms but must be positive experiences, age appropriate and fun! For more details, speak to your child’s school Key Worker or Lead Professional, or your social worker.
More details from the Barnet website:
- Disabled Children's Activities
- Short Breaks application forms
- The Choice bulletin contains details of activities for eligible families up to March 2013
The Disabled Children’s Register Registration Form and also applying for a Voluntary Identification Card to prove the child or young person is registered as having a Disability or Additional Need is useful when proving that you are the Carer and therefore entitled to a Carers reduction such as Free entry at a Barnet swimming pool. See Barnet website for details.
Freedom Passes. These are available for those with a disability. They are also a useful way to prove for those with a hidden disability that they are acknowledged as having a disability Available from The Assisted Travel Team at Barnet. 0208 359 4131, or complete online application form.
Travel Support Cards
Transport for London (TfL) has introduced the Travel Support Card designed for those with ‘hidden disabilities’, or difficulties and to sit in the same wallet as the *Freedom Pass. You can download your copy of the Guide and Travel Support Card by visiting here. TfL has more online documents to help people get around at TFL Accessibility Guides.
Alternative transport policy from London Underground. If a lift or escalator is out of action at an accessible station, or if that station is closed, and this means you are unable to complete your planned journey, then TfL will provide an alternative, such as a bus or providing a taxi at TfL’s cost. More details.
Guide to Days Out in the UK
As well as helpful guides, the Days Out Guide also has some really amazing offers like '2 for 1' on a long list of UK attractions. All you have to do is print the relevant voucher and show it with your Oyster card when arriving at your venue of choice.
DAYoutWITHtheKIDS.co.uk is a user friendly website for finding family days out and things to do when visiting Greater London plus cheap and free places to go and fun activities for children with kids indoor play areas.
FamiliesOnline.co.uk is the national website for Families Magazines Ltd, the UK-based group of local parenting magazines, providing useful information to parents about family matters, what's on, days out, health, education, special needs, schools, nurseries, reviews, competitions, holidays, pregnancy, birth, travel, babies, children, activities, clubs, classes, environment, green issues, birthday parties, franchise and directories of local services. Visit the Families (London North) magazine.
Free Cinema tickets
The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card is a national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema. See www.ceacard.co.uk for details and list of participating cinemas.
Inclusive London website is a resource for finding accessible venues and activities across the capital. This includes parks and leisure venues, restaurants, toilets, and even banks and post offices. Visit www.inclusivelondon.com where they have also just launched an App for smart phones.
Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. The brand new fourth edition of the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is now available to view/download for free. The Rough Guides' team of disabled reviewers and their families scoured the UK to find the ultimate fun experiences for The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain.
101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police in England, Wales or Scotland - when it’s less urgent than a 999 call. 101 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
'Message In A Bottle’
Emergency Information Scheme
What is it?
A small green and white plastic bottle containing personal and medical information for the emergency services to use in the event of a call out when the owner has difficulty in communicating.
What is in it?
An A4 form filled in by the owner (if necessary helped by someone else) with full personal and medical details including medication taken, allergies and sight or hearing problems. Also included are contact details for doctor and next of kin.
Where is it kept?
In the fridge. Two green-cross self-adhesive stickers are provided, one to be stuck on the fridge door and the other on the the
inside of the front door (so not visible from outside). These stickers will be seen by the emergency services who will gain immediate access to the vital information contained in the bottle.
Who gets it?
Initially the bottles are being made-available to elderly people living on their own but anyone who is vulnerable can be included.
What does it cost?
The Rotary Club of Golders Green is supplying the bottles at no cost - but only within the Borough of Barnet at this time.
Who is aware?
Barnet emergency services.
SAYNOTO0870.COM. Find alternative landline numbers for premium rate (0870,0845 etc.) numbers at www.saynoto0870.com. The website, which originally began as a directory of alternatives to 0870 numbers (hence the name), also lists geographic alternatives for 0843, 0844, 0845, 0871, 0872, and 0873 revenue-share numbers, as well as for some 0500, 0800 and 0808 freephone numbers.
Telephone Preference Service (TPS). You can register with the TPS and put a stop to people ringing who have not been given permission. For more information and to register visit: www.tpsonline.org.uk/
Mail Preference Service (MPS). Fed up with Junk Mail? For more information and to register visit: www.mpsonline.org.uk
Eyeless Trust (now merged with The Royal Blind Society)
Thank you to one of our parents for letting us know about this charity which offers a family support service, through appropriately qualified and experienced Family Support Workers, to families who have children with anophthalmia, microphthalmia or coloboma and related disabilities. Services include holidays for families and modest grants. In January 2013 after a period of working in close partnership The Eyeless Trust merged with The Royal Blind Society. More details at royalblindsociety.org.
Free support for women on low incomes. Their programme of free support is designed for women with low household incomes who want to get back to work after a break to have children. It will also suit women who have had to take a job below their skill level, in order to fit with their family, and want to find more appropriate work. Their aim is to help women who have skills, experience and a good track record in work, but can't find suitable opportunities since having children. We want to make sure that lack of money doesn't stand in the way of you getting the practical career support you need. They are also able to help fathers in this position. Telephone 020 8359 3440 or visit www.womenlikeus.org.uk.
Working Families (WF) is committed to helping parents/carers of disabled children who want to combine caring and paid work. Telephone 020 7253 7243 or visit www.workingfamilies.org.uk