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Children's Services

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SATURDAY SHORTBREAKS CLUB (currently at Wat Tyler Park - back at Pioneer School from 1st May 2021)

10.00am to 3.30pm (5.5 hours) at the Pioneer School, Ghyllgrove, Basildon, SS14 2LA.

The BOSP Saturday Club is delivered at the Pioneer School in Basildon for children aged from 4-18 years. Thanks to help from Essex Shortbreaks and the fantastic facilities at the school, we are able to provide the children and young people with the consistency that so many thrive on. Children and young people attending have the opportunity to go swimming in the hydrotherapy pool where our trained lifeguards for the disabled ensure that the environment caters for the individual with appropriate music and lighting. The interactive soft play room and the adventure playground are extremely popular with our more active children who enjoy burning off excess energy with their Playworkers. BOSP hires highly qualified outside trainers to provide music sessions and sports coaching. The children and young people also have the opportunity to try their hand at arts and crafts and messy play.

Swimming kit, a packed lunch and drinks are needed.

Places are partly funded by ECC Shortbreaks and a parental contribution will be required to attend. Please contact The BOSP Office for session contribution fees.  For more information on other Short Breaks outside of BOSP, please visit:

BOSP Session Mobile: 07901 858457 (please only use on session days).

LET'S CONNECT AND OTHER OUT & ABOUT CLUBS: (re-starting 3rd July 2021)

10.00am to 3.30pm (5.5 hours) Out & About and at the Pioneer School, Ghyllgrove, Basildon, SS14 2LA.

Let's Go is aimed at young people aged 11+ to facilitate the transition between the security of sessions at the Pioneer School and our Out & About activities, Let's Grow is aimed at 13- 14 years and 'Let's Connect' is aimed at those aged 15+.

The Pioneer School lies within close reach of the Festival Leisure Park, Basildon Sporting Village and Basildon Town Centre, all of which provide greater opportunities to encourage independence and life skills in the local community while supporting the young person's personal development.

At BOSP's 'Let's' Clubs, the children and young people aged 11+ often meet at the Pioneer School then leave to spend the morning enjoying social activities such as bowling, Drop-Zone, climbing wall or the cinema, along with lunch. This allows the young people to practise life skills, such as handling money, decision making, turn taking and road safety. The youngsters then return to the Pioneer School for the afternoon session where they can enjoy any of the other activities and catch up with their friends.

Please contact The BOSP Office for session contribution fees. 

BOSP  Let's Connect Mobile: 07901 858457 (please only use on session days).‚Äč

HOLIDAY CLUB (ECC Shortbreaks)  

10.00am to 3.30pm (5.5 hours) Pioneer School, Basildon, SS14 2LA, Thriftwood Scout Camp, Brentwood, CM13 2DP or Out & About

In order to provide our children and young people with the consistency they need, we use the Pioneer School as our base for many of our Holiday Clubs. BOSP aims to provide a wide range of stimulating activities during the holiday periods. This is achieved by bringing in experts from different fields to deliver diverse and exciting activities while maintaining our usual Saturday Club favourites such as craft, hydrotherapy swimming, cooking and sports. Recent special events at sessions have included dance workshops, pet therapy, puppet shows, football coaching and music sessions. Places are partly funded by ECC Shortbreaks and a parental contribution will be required to attend. Please contact The BOSP Office for session contribution fees. 


Sometimes the club goes further afield utilising BOSP's wheel chair accessible mini-bus to places such as Southend, Tropical Wings and crazy golf at King George's Playing Fields in Brentwood.

COME AND SWIM (hope to be back from 1st May 2021)

1.30pm to 2.45pm Saturdays and holidays at The Pioneer School, Basildon

Come and Swim enables children to experience swimming in a hydrotherapy pool with their peers, whilst BOSP families get the opportunity to meet other parents and discuss issues that may be of concern with our Family Liaison Worker, such as assessments, schooling, respite and transition from child to adult services.

Please contact The BOSP Office for session contribution fees.

BOSP  Holiday Club Session Mobile: 07901 858457 (please only use on session days).


Thanks to BBC Children in Need, in addition to our hall based holiday sessions we hold Whizzy Woodland Away Days at the Thriftwood Scout Camp in Brentwood during the Easter, May Half term, Summer and Christmas breaks.  Exciting outdoor activities such as abseiling, archery, mini-beast hunting, wall climbing, kayaking and BBQ's.

With different activities each day, the children and young people learn new skills in a natural environment while having lots of fun!  Based in the lodges at Thriftwood, come rain or shine, we can guarantee fun!  Recent special guest entertainers have included music therapy, Splat Circus and The Greatest Showman.

Please contact The BOSP Office for session contribution fees. If parental contributions are a barrier to accessing services, please do let The BOSP Office know.

BOSP  Whizzy Woodland Away Days Session Mobile: 07901 858457 (please only use on session days).


Alternate Tuesdays (term time) 4.30 to 7.00pm, Wat Tyler Country Park

Big BOSP is back as part of our Skills 4 Life programme for young people.  This early evening club is a great place for young people with SEN to make friends, have fun and improve their social communication skills in order to develop their independence.

Activities include board games, quizzes, arts & crafts, treasure hunts, forestry activities, interactive group gaming, basic meal planning, shopping and  meal preparation.

A light evening meal/snack is also included which the small group will prepare and eat together.

There is ample parking on site and gives parent carers the time to pursue their own leisure activities, pop to the local superstores for shopping or enjoy a stroll around the Country Park itself.  Festival Leisure Park is also only 10 minutes away by car giving parents and siblings time to enjoy a meal or activity together.

Big BOSP Session Mobile: 07935 010995 (please only use on session days).


This inclusive group is open to parents, carers and grandparents of any babies and children age 4 and under with any kind of additional need or disability.  Sessions will include pre-school and sensory equipment, optional messy play, song circle, snack time, and visits to the park's adventure playground.  It will also provide the opportunity to meet with others facing similar challenges and to receive help and advice from our specialist staff.

If you have a friend or relative who would like some support but they are worried about coming along on their own, please bring them along, we would love to see you.

The sessions with be held each Tuesday morning during term time from 10am to 11.30am, at BOSP's Skills For Life building, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Pitsea, Basildon, SS16 4UH.  See the flyer below for dates.

Places are limited to please contact The BOSP Office on 01268 553117 or email [email protected] to let us know you will be coming. £3 per session.

BOSP Session Mobile: 07901 858457 (please only use on session days).

SENSORY SESSIONS - (0-25 years) 

Bespoke sessions for children and their parent carers. Sensory rooms can help those with learning difficulties, developmental disabilities or sensory impairments learn to interact with the world around them in a safe environment that builds up their confidence and ability. Many benefits include: learning calming strategies to reduce a child’s anxiety or stimulating strategies to engage parts of the brain/build nerve connections that otherwise would not be stimulated; enhanced learning through play; improving balance, movement and co-ordination, visual processing, fine and gross motor skills; improving verbal and non-verbal communication - Interactive sensory rooms can help to engage withdrawn individuals, and  equipment that focuses on sound can be especially helpful in encouraging vocalisation.  Sensory environments can help de-stress and be highly absorbing, providing comfort and calm for overactive and distressed individuals.  They can help children learn to focus in a safe place so they are better equipped to deal with real-world environments where calm and concentration is key.  £5 per session, per family.


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