A Better Start Southend
Are you an ABSS family?

Exciting adventures await at Sparkles Sensory Storytime! 

This project is open to all families caring for a child under 4 years of age with ANY form of disability / SEND. We invite referrals from professionals who consider that a particular family would benefit from the sessions however, families are also welcome to contact us directly.  

Our sessions offer children with all forms of disability the opportunity to engage with and enjoy a wide range of stories. Each story features interactive elements, music and the opportunity to develop early communication skills such as Makaton signing, symbols and switches.  

Our sessions are: 

  • Fun 
  • Relaxed 
  • Non-judgemental  
  • Inclusive  
  • Stimulating 

There is no expectation that children will sit still and listen and in fact we actively encourage movement and engagement in a way that suits your child.   

The sessions are a great way for parents to meet others who are in similar situations and to gain friendship and support. 

Sessions are run by SEND professionals, where parents can expect support and advice on a wide range of SEND topics. This project is available to all families living withing Southend City. 

Sparkles Sensory Storytime sessions run at SAVS, 29-31 Alexandra St, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1BW on Thursdays during term time only. 

10.00-10.45 am for our busy sparks who like to be on the move. 

11.00-11.45 am for our little sparks who like things a little quieter. This session includes alternative communication strategies suitable for children with profound and multiple disabilities. 

Please contact us to sign up or for more information:  

Elaine 07828 230948 / e-mail: 

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Teddy Hewitt Stay and Play sessions are free play sessions. Messy / sensory play activities are based on a monthly theme and there is usually a craft activity to enjoy. A large space with physical play activities on offer and an outdoor area to use in warmer months. Music is on offer at the end of each session or children can continue to play. There is always cake available, which is greatly enjoyed!

Sessions run at Blenheim Children’s Centre, School Way, Southend-on-Sea SS9 4HX on Fridays during term time only.

1.00 – 2.00 pm for children with disabilities who like to be on the go.

2.15 – 3.15 pm for children with disabilities who need a relaxed and calm environment and who may have mobility needs. A wide variety of sensory toys suitable for children with more complex disabilities are available at this session.

Elaine: 07828 230948 /email:

Find Chaos & Calm on Facebook HERE.