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“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; It is generally the by-product of other activities” – Aldous Huxley

School holidays are almost upon us. For many parents this can be quite a stressful time – trying to juggle the demands of work with making sure your children are looked after and having fun in holiday care. For parents with children with additional needs the search for holiday care can be even more stressful. Children with additional needs often require additional care and finding services that can provide this level of care can be very tricky.

Before starting your search it’s probably helpful to think about the role holiday care is playing for you and your family. Some of the questions you may want to ask yourself:

  • Do you want your child to attend holiday care only with other children similar to them?
  • Do you want them to be integrated with typically developing children?
  • Are you looking for respite?
  • Do you want your child to attend an intensive therapy group to boost a particular skill?

In doing your research as to what the best option might be for your child, you may want to think about the questions to ask a service provider, such as:

  • How many children will be attending?
  • What is the ratio of staff to children?
  • Does the staff have training in working with children with additional needs?
  • What level off independence does my child need to participate in the program?

It is also worth considering your child’s individual needs. Are they independent with feeding? Toileting? Can they cope amongst a lot of people? Do they benefit from being in a structured environment? Or can they cope with a flexible and free program?

No matter what your child’s needs are, we highly recommend you contact the provider directly and discuss what they offer, the level of care provided and whether your child can be supported in their care. 

NSW Multiple Locations  
Find an Inclusive Sport in NSW NSWVarious
Play AFL NSW/ACTNSW
ACT
Various
Cerebral Palsy AllianceNSW2222
Office of Sport (NSW Government)NSW2481, 2650, 2535, 2627, 2469, 2478
VIC Multiple Locations  
CareChoiceVIC3223, 3083, 3179 , 3213, 3177, 3178, 3015, 3137, 3030, 3175, 3108, 3152, 3032, 3166, 3134, 3220 , 3043, 3165 , 3201, 3136, 3131, 3805, 3174, 3810, 3020, 3064
National  
The Sony Foundation Holiday Camps (holiday camps for special needs kids in all states)  
ProviderStatePostcode
Communities@work ACT2900
Communities@work ACT2912
YMCA CanberraACT2617, 2614, 2602, 2620, 2614,
Disabled Surfing (NSW Far North)NSWVarious Northern NSW
Autism Community NetworkNSWVarious
Early Ed NSWVarious
Northern Beaches CouncilNSW2010
Royal Far WestNSW2095
Active OTNSW2021
Runsteam Minecraft CampsNSW2067
Participate AustraliaNSW2132
Growing Minds Clever Kids CampNSW2148
City of ParramattaNSW2150
Avenue Parramatta (16-18yo)NSW2150
North West Disability ServicesNSW2153
Grace Childrens TherapyNSW2154
CoastlinkNSW2259
Coast Community ConnectionsNSW2256
St George & Sutherland Community CollegeNSW2220, 2226
Participate AustraliaNSW2287
Macarthur Disability Services Ltd.NSW2480
Northcott CampbeltownNSW2560
Studio AlessaNSW2567
Learning LinksNSW2210, 2035, 2153, 2170, 2557
Riverlink Interchange IncNSW2154
Ripples NSW NSW2760
Dubbo Neighbourhood CentreNSW2830
Brisbane City (inclusive and mainstream)QLD 
Community Living And Respite Services InQLD4670
Autism QueenslandQLD4017
Mindware PsychologyQLD4350
Camp CoobyQLD4352
CarinbundiQLD4670
KharicoQLD4812
Inclusive DirectionsSA5000
Life without BarriersSA5000
Novita Childrens ServicesSA5010
Autism SASA5037
DirectionsSA5540
Interchange IncSA5069
YMCASA5115
Xlent Disability ServicesSA5071
Kids in AdelaideSA5238
Keep The BeatTAS7302
Deaf Children Australia VICVarious around 3000
Australian Camps AssociationVIC3072, 3515
Kamaruka (ADHD, ASD Boys)VIC3121
Surrey Park SwimmingVIC3128
After The BellVIC3156
Interchange Outer East IncVIC3156
CareChoiceVIC3168
Bricks for Kidz - HamptonVIC3188, 3191
Bricks for Kidz - SandringhamVIC3191
Fitness for FunVIC3192
Saddle OnVIC3213
Gateways Support Services IncVIC3218
Ymca Geelong Inc.VIC3220
Mpower Inc.VIC3280
Stay Residential Services*VIC3300
Pinarc Disability Support IncVIC3350
I Can Camps (Autism teen camps)VIC3446, 3268
Mansfield Autism Statewide ServicesVIC3724
Ymca WhittleseaVIC3752
Building Blocks Therapy Pty LtdVIC3752
Latrobe City CouncilVIC3840
OzChildVIC3052
Leisure NetworksVIC3220, 3730, 3723
YMCA Victoria (various)VIC3217, 3331, 2600, 3550, 3450, 3978, 3064, 3026, 3564, 3030, 3555, 3018, 3754, 3042, 3810, 3030, 3037, 3228, 3029
North Richmond Community Health LimitedVIC2754
CahootsWA6068, 6221, 6530, 6065, 6530, 6168
Helping Minds AustraliaWA6701, 6530, 6025, 6056, 6725
Autism Association Of WAWA6008, 6056, 6158 , 6027, 6110
Kids' Camps IncWA6008
Family Support Wa Inc.WA6065
Ready Steady GolfWA6007, 6008, 6015, 6023, 6024, 6025, 6028, 6050, 6053, 6100, 6101, 6112, 6122, 6169, 6153,
Senses AustraliaWA6000, 6054, 6112, 6280, 6401
Autism AllianceWA6090
Wa Disabled Sports AssociationWA6101
KZ SpeechWA6152
PHASE WAWA6969