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Special Needs Inclusion Playcare Service (SNIPS)


The aim of the SNIPS standard service is to provide a Building based Short Break children and young people aged 5-18 whom has an official diagnosis and whom it has been difficult to find a club or activity which can offer the right level of support.  Our service aims to provide a planned, regular break for families who find it difficult to continue caring without a break.

Families are not eligible for a short break through SNIPS if the child or young person is already accessing a local activity or club, provided by either a youth setting or school, as they are able to access without any barriers.

If you have found a club which you feel your child should be able to access but the club does not feel they are able to offer support, we are happy to hear from you and our Mentors will visit the club to offer any assistance, training or guidance as required.  We would then work towards supporting your child to attend the club.


 The SNIPS process

  1. A SNIPS application is completed and sent to us. You may have heard about SNIPS from other professionals, clubs, Ryegate or school.
  2. All mentors get together monthly for an allocation meeting. At this meeting we prioritise applications on a needs basis.  (At certain times of the year, especially before school holidays we are very busy and at these times we may have to have a waiting list.)
  3. Once the application has been allocated to a mentor they will then contact you to arrange a home visit. During this Home Visit they will discuss the child’s or young person’s likes and dislikes as well as support needs. With this information they will then complete the SNIPS working with me information which will be passed to the identified club.
  4. Your Mentor will then look into any suitable clubs in your area. (Please note it is parent/carer’s responsibility to provide transport to and from clubs.) They will contact you with their findings and the pass on the contact details for the club.
  5. Once you receive the contact details then you should book a “come and try” session for your child. This is a chance to have a look around the club and see if you feel it is an appropriate setting.
  6. If you feel the club is appropriate and your child enjoyed their time there you can then book in directly with the club. A mentor will have discussed your allocation with you.

Important to...

This section is all about things that are important to the SNIPS team.

  • Supporting children to access short breaks in the form of clubs and activities that they enjoy doing.
  • It is important to us to match children up with a club which they look forward to going to.
  • For children to be able to access the correct support in a club environment.
  • To be able to sustain families by providing a short break with the knowledge that their child is safe and enjoying themselves.
  • To deliver a quick and targeted service which is centred around the child.

Important for...

This section is about the best ways to support the SNIPS team to be able to find the right clubs for child.

  • To be provided with as much information as possible about the child/young person, their support needs and what is important to them.
  • To get a good profile of the child or young person, them sharing with us the things they want us to know.
  • To get a good understanding on what a family requires from the service.
  • For families to help us to find clubs in their local area which they might already know about.
  • Families should contact the club directly to arrange any come and try sessions or to book their child/young person into a club.
  • To provide up to date contact details so we can make sure you receive all the information.

What else can SNIPS help my family with?

Other Short Breaks Services Each member of the SNIPS team has extensive knowledge of the short break services that are available for children and young people with disabilities in Sheffield and how to apply for them. We often attend home visits and meetings with social workers, MAST workers and other professionals to explain to families exactly what is available to them. Please note: A short break is 5 hours a week or under.

One Page Profiles We can help your child to create a One Page Profile and a set of getting to know me pages which can be used to help them receive the support that they like. These are especially helpful when employing new personal assistants, going to new schools or joining a new club.

Support Planning The SNIPS team are all very passionate about planning with the family, child or young person at the centre. They can help you and the professionals working with you to put together a support plan to help work out the best way of supporting your family.

Sleep Guidance We have our very own Sleep Fairy here at SNIPS who can help provide your family with support and guidance around any difficulties your child is experiencing with sleep. We recognise the difficulties families can face when there are sleep problems and will help your family to find a routine which will suit you. Our sleep fairy will help you to complete a sleep diary and look into any positive changes that can be made to make night time better for the whole family.

Mentoring and Advice We provide clubs and other professionals working with children with disabilities with hands on mentoring support and guidance. We regularly visit clubs to share our knowledge and experiences of working with children with disabilities. We can also share our knowledge with MAST workers, personal assistants and other professionals.

Workshops We are now running various workshops based on working with children with disabilities, for the clubs.

EHC Plans We are undertaking some work as part of the SEN Education Health and Care Plans and are attending young people’s school reviews in order to support the transfer to the EHC plan!

Contacts us:
Special Needs Inclusion Playcare Service
Level 6, North Wing, Moorfoot Building, Sheffield, S1 4PL
Tel (0114) 273 5368

Who to contact

Contact Name
The SNIPS Team
0114 2735368

Inclusion Information

Supports special needs and disabilities

Other Details

Referral required
Age Range
5 years to

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
SEN Provision Type

General Extended Local Offer Response

Do you operate a waiting list? 

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additional needs, special needs, short breaks, short break, SEND, SEN, disabilities, disability
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