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Bedford Mencap Playscheme - Summer 2022

I can confirm that this year’s playscheme for children between the ages of 4 and 18yrs with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND), will take place on the following dates:

Week 1: July; 25th (half day-PM, 12.30 start), 26th 27th, 28th, 29th
Week 2: August; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th,
Week 3: August; 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, (half day-AM, finish 12.30).

The playscheme offers a limited number of places each day. Each group has a group leader, and support staff, all of whom have vast experience in working with children with special needs. To help with the ratio of adults-children, and support the children, we recruit volunteers, who are often young people aged 14yrs+ from local schools. Some children are supported 1:1, depending on medical or other needs. If your child has not attended our scheme before or you want to discuss their needs further, please don’t hesitate to phone or email me, so we can discuss ways to support your child effectively.

The playscheme this year, will be held at Westfield Primary School, Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HW and will operate from 9.15am – 3.30pm, apart from Monday 25th July and Friday 12th August which will be half day sessions only (times above). We may be able to provide transport to and from the scheme, however this is not guaranteed. We operate several minibuses and transport will cost an additional £5.00 per day. This will depend on the area you live, and the bus routes providing a time and cost-effective route. Transport will not be available on the 25th July and 12th August.

The cost of this year’s playscheme will be £30.00 per day (£22.50 if you are on Income Support / Universal Credits, you will need to provide a reference number for this). We will require a £30.00/£22.50 deposit with your booking form in either of the following forms; cheques (made payable to ‘Bedford Mencap Playscheme’), Childcare vouchers (some are accepted), or Bank Transfer (Sort Code: 40-52-40, Account - 00018095 - please use child's name as reference). Once days are booked and full payment is made there will be no refunds for days not attended (unless the scheme cancels the days). Paying by installments is now available. Please indicate on the booking form.

If you would like your child to attend the playscheme please return the completed booking form by Friday 29th April 2022. Applications received after this date stand little chance of success. If you cannot access this form, please email / phone / text and we can post a form to you.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lauren Steel

Where to go

St. Johns Special School & College
Austin Canons
MK42 8AA
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
9.15am – 3.30pm, apart from Monday 26th July and Friday 13th August which will be half day sessions only
Time of day

Other Details


Referral required
Age Bands
11-14 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old
SEN Provision Type