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Merton Mencap Holiday Play Scheme

Leisure activities for children/young people with a learning disability and autism taking place on weekdays during the school/college holidays

"We run playschemes for children with special educational needs aged 5 – 12 throughout the year during the Easter, Summer and half term school holidays. We organise fun activities, local trips out and people to come in and run activities to make sure that the children in our care have a good day.

Our trained and experienced staff support the children, with a minimum staff ratio of one member of staff to three children but we do provide one to one support where necessary. 

We cater for children with a large range of needs at our Holiday Playschemes, and work closely with social services to ensure we can support the children who use us appropriately and safely to make sure they have a good day with us and go home happy"

Who to contact

Contact Name
Niki Lowe
020 3963 0599
Merton Mencap Playscheme website page

This service is part of Merton's Short Breaks offer.


Perseid Upper School Site
Middleton Road

Transport is provided on an assessed needs basis.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
10:00am to 4:00pm on selected days during school holidays.

Other Details


Donations invited. This playscheme is funded by Merton Council.


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

Access to the service is on a referral-only basis through assessment by Merton Council’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Integrated Service team (SENDIS).

Once Merton Council has made the referral to us, we carry out a home visit to meet the family and the child/young person in order to establish their interests and support needs, and to complete a Personal Plan.

The scheme is open to Merton residents only and does not accept out of borough referrals

To contact Merton Council (regarding them referring your child/young person for the Holiday Playschemes), contact your social worker/care manager (if you have one) or email the Merton Council SENDIS service at

Childcare Information

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
18/01/2014Inspection (Childcare Register)Not Met (with actions)

Local Offer


The purpose of our Holiday Playschemes is to support children/young people with a learning disability to take part in activities of their choosing, meet other children/young people, promoting their inclusion in the community. The project also provides a meaningful short break for family carers.

The children/young people will be supported to develop in the following areas:

  • communication
  • confidence
  • creativity
  • relationships

The service is provided to children/young people who have complex needs, severe learning disabilities and autism, and including

  • physical disabilities
  • sensory disabilities
  • medical needs (including allergies)
  • challenging behaviours
  • moving and handling needs (mobility needs)
  • a speech / language disorder

Each child/young person attending Holiday Playscheme will have the opportunity to communicate their likes/dislikes and will be supported to participate in the activities.

Children/young people and their families have the opportunity to try the service for a session to see whether they would like to join.

Quality Assurance
Affiliated to the Royal Mencap Society. London Borough of Merton approved service provider. Registered with OFSTED. Awarded the London Youth Quality Mark
Last updated: 03/05/2022
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