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Short Breaks & Childcare

Short breaks provide opportunities for children and young people to spend time away from their primary carers. This may include day, evening, overnight or weekend activities and can take place at the child’s home, in their local community, at the home of an approved carer, or other residential setting.

In each case a qualified professional will look after the child engaging them in fun activities (as appropriate) whilst their primary carers get an opportunity to relax.

Our childcare section explains the different types of childcare, early learning and out of school providers available and how to access them.

If you have any difficulty finding either short breaks, activities or childcare for your child, please contact the Family Information Service which has a dedicated Information Officer to support families with SEND. Call 020 8825 5588 or email

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