Support Childcare 4 All this spring
"Thanks to Childcare 4 All, I know that our confident little boy will thrive." Meet Bex mother of Jamie, when Jamie was eighteen months old Bex found out that he had cerebral palsy. Like any mother in a similar situation, Bex was worried for the future of her child; she struggled to find advice to support her, Jamie and her family. It wasn't until an internet search later that Bex came across Capability Scotland's website and found out about our Childcare 4 All service.
All enables children to gain confidence and learn alongside
non-disabled children while receiving the support they need in
their mainstream nursery setting. Jamie needed support with
exercises and stretching as his brain was still developing it was
important that these were started from a young age to give him the
best chance of overcoming the obstacles he would face in the
future. Jamie was at nursery and was gaining confidence daily,
learning alongside his non-disabled peers, but doing exercises at
home after nursery exhausted him.
Bex and her family thought they were going to have to take Jamie
out of nursery to make more time for exercises, which would have
held him back and separated him from his friends. Not only would
this have required Bex to give up work, but it would have placed
the family under financial strain as well as isolated the family
further in a time they needed support. It was when they were faced
with this situation that Bex came across Capability
Scotland's Childcare 4 All service through an internet
After initial contact with Childcare 4 All, Claire from
Capability Scotland attended Jamie's nursery and worked alongside
his key worker showing her the relevant exercises to ensure that
Jamie could be supported in the nursery and not miss out on the
activities other children were participating in. He quickly made
huge improvements. Soon he was soon making an effort to use his
right side and was able to climb stairs independently which he
hadn't been able to do before. Now that the nursery were focusing
on Jamie's exercises, Jamie's mum and dad were able to concentrate
on playing with Jamie at home, developing the kind of relationship
that all parents should enjoy with their children.
Jamie now attends nursery four days a week. With the support
Claire provided Childcare 4 All no longer need to be at the nursery
every day. Instead they are providing funding for Jamie's key
worker to receive ongoing support and training and are always at
the end of the phone if help is required. Now Childcare 4 All and
Claire are helping other children like Jamie to ensure that they
can stay in a mainstream setting as well.
not possible to overestimate the impact it's had. He wasn't really
using his right side at all, but now he's really making an effort
to use it. He's a joy, he's lovely to be around and it's nice to be
able to rediscover that joy because it's easy to lose that when all
you see is what he can't do and what might not be the case."
Thanks to Childcare 4 All, when Jamie goes to school, it will be
to a mainstream primary school with his non-disabled friends. You
can help other disabled children across Scotland get the support
they need by making a donation to Capability
Scotland, enabling them to have a bright future like Jamie.
Did you know that donating £17.50 will pay for one play session
with a disabled child showing them how to play? £50 can buy a play
bag for a disabled child, including toys and equipment designed to
enable the child to join in play sessions at their nursery? You can
online or by calling 0800 980 5331.
If you fancy more of a challenge, you might want to consider
raising money through participation in an event. Last
year, as a thank you to Capability Scotland, Bex ran the Edinburgh
marathon and raised over £3,000 and this year Bex's running club
are holding an LP run to raise funds for the programme.
If you're interested in the LP run or other fundraising events,
head over to our new fundraising pages.