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Short breaks for children and young people

We offer short breaks for children and young people aged 3 to 19 with complex disabilities and health needs located at our residential bungalows in Chailey, East Sussex.

Our short breaks provide families and carers of children and young people with disabilities the chance to take some time off.

You can relax in knowing that your child is supported by our team of experienced staff who work hard to provide a fun and meaningful break.

Our homely and relaxed environment ensures children and young people staying with us feel safe and comfortable. All bungalows are fully accessible, with in-built hoists, sensory areas, open plan living spaces and a garden for residents to enjoy.

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What activities are available during short breaks?

Short breaks are a great opportunity for children and young people to use our outstanding facilities and participate in activities. This can include the use of the hydrotherapy pool, wheelchair football, immersive space, Leisure and Skills Centre, and trips to local attractions.


What if my child needs nursing support whilst on a short break?

Children and young people accessing short breaks with us are supported by 24/7 nursing support. We’re incredibly proud of our partnership with NHS Chailey Clinical Services who are located on-site and provide support to our residents whenever they need it. Our NHS partnership gives us access to neurological consultants, nurses, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and rehabilitation engineers all on one site.

What types of short breaks do Chailey Heritage Foundation offer?

Our short breaks include overnight stays from three to four nights a week and we request a booking of a minimum of one stay per month. Our day short breaks include access to our Hub for those aged 16+ from 10am – 4pm. We also have a holiday club during the Easter and summer holidays with an exciting programme of seasonal activities. 


How do I access short breaks for children and young people?

Access to short breaks at Chailey Heritage Foundation can vary depending on funding. We can be approached by parents directly, through local authorities, case managers, or continuing health care. Parents are able to fund overnight stays and our day provisions from personal budgets or privately.

If you are interested in accessing short breaks with us, please get in touch to arrange an informal visit so we can show you around.

Get in touch

Telephone: 01825 724 444

Email: office@chf.org.uk

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