Play and leisure time (0-25 years)
In Gateshead and across the North East there are a range of play and leisure activities you and your child can take part in. If you have a key supporter they can advise you about activities that are suitable for your child, delivered by people who are experienced and trained in supporting children with additional needs and disabilities.
Active Kidz Holiday Programme
Gateshead Council offers a holiday programme, Active Kidz, (Easter and summer holidays only) which is available for children and young people aged 5-14 years. Some activities are suitable for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities, delivered in safe and stimulating environments and supervised by experienced and qualified play workers. Sessions run from 9am to 3.30pm and cost around £14 per day per child.
Gateshead Children's Centre activities
Gateshead Children's Centre offer a variety of activities for children and young people and families. Most are accessible and inclusive and some are specifically designed for those with SEN and disabilities.
Gateshead Network of Children with Disabilities
Registering your child on the Gateshead Network of Children with Disabilities provides them with discounted access to leisure centres, swimming pools and cultural and historic places of interest in Gateshead.
Out of School Clubs
Many nurseries and schools run after school clubs, some of which are suitable for children and young people with SEN and disabilities.
Places to visit and things to do in Gateshead
Gateshead has a range of play, leisure and sport facilities, libraries and attractions that are accessible to children and young people with SEN and disabilities including:
Gateshead, Dunston, Heworth and Birtley Leisure Centres
Gateshead International Stadium
The Angel of the North
Bill Quay Farm
The Sage Gateshead
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts
Shipley Art Gallery
Gibside National Trust
Gateshead Heritage Centre (St Mary's)
Gateshead Council's Family Information Directory includes a Local Offer section with information about play, leisure and social activities available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability and their families.
Local and national organisations
There are a range of local and national organisations that organise activities and trips for children and their families which you can find in the booklet below. You can also search www.ourGateshead.org
Discounted and free entry to attractions for disabled people and their carers
Many attractions and places of interest such as cinemas, theatres, museums, amusement parks and farms, zoos, etc, offer discounted admission prices for disabled people and free entry for their carer.