Playschemes 4-18

Playschemes for 4-18 year olds

Leeds Mencap run week-long school holiday playschemes for children and young people with learning disabilities.

The playschemes are mostly about having fun, trying new experiences and activities and having time with friends.  They also help children to maintain skills and confidence that can be affected over the long summer holiday break.

Over the course of the week children will get to enjoy a wide range of activities and games.  They’ll be able to use the sensory and soft play rooms, cycle outside on the adapted bikes, have a go on the bouncy castle if the weather allows!  They’ll have various sensory and messy play activities, play pool and air hockey, karaoke, discos, cook, talent shows, themed days – if the children or young people can think of it, the staff can support them to make it happen.  We have visiting workshops – animals are always popular.  Thursday is trip day and Doncaster Dome, Magma, Eureka and farms are firm favourites.

We have a Changing Places toilet and staff who undertake any training needed around feeding or personal care to make it possible for all children and young people to be included.  We ask anyone new to the playscheme to come for a visit first so that we can get to know more about what your child needs to be able to come along safely and for you to understand how we will support your child and keep them safe.

The Essentials

The playschemes run at The Vinery Centre from 10:00-3:00pm

Bring a packed lunch, drink and any spare clothes, medicine and personal care supplies needed.

Costs for 2020 are £17.50 per day per child  (There is an additional cost of £15 to cover the cost of the trip) 

Payments need to be made in advance.  Payments can be made by BACs or Faster Payments; by debit/credit card over the phone/in person or by cheque.

We run 8 weeks of playscheme each year during February and October half term holidays, the 2 week Easter holiday and 4 weeks during the summer holiday.  The weeks are split between age groups and spread across the year.  Age ranges are 4-8 years, 9-13 years and 14-18 years.   

We take bookings for each playscheme 8 – 10 weeks before each playscheme

2020 Playscheme dates

Monday 17th of August 2020 to Wednesday 19th August 2020 – 4 – 8 years

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st August 2020 – 9-13s years

Monday 24th of August 2020 to Friday 28th August 2020 – 9-13 years

Monday26th of October 2020 to Friday 30th October 2020 – 4-8 years

COVID-19.   We are unclear whether the remaining playschemes will go ahead this year.  We continue to follow government guidance and will post updates on this page and our social media channels when we have more information.

“My son really loves playscheme and asks everyday to come (even out of holidays). Leeds Mencap have been outstanding.”

“This playscheme has enabled us as a family to enjoy new and familiar activities. Well organised and led, [it] enables parents to fully enjoy their day too!”

For more information & how to apply

If your child has not attended a playscheme within the last year you will need to complete both a booking form and an application form (attached below). If you have any additional information about your child from school e.g. behaviour and support plans please enclose these too.

Booking forms will be added 6 – 8 weeks before each playscheme

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