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What We Do

We provide social and educational activities for people of all ages with learning disability: to develop their potential, avoid social isolation by supporting lifelong friendships and to provide respite for their families.


Special Needs Nursery >>

Grove Cottage Special Needs Nursery is open every Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 9.30am - 2.30pm, during term time

We offer a fully inclusive educational and care setting for children with special needs providing

  • One to one provision, subject to need
  • Weekly extracurricular activities
  • Fully qualified staff with access to special needs support therapists
  • Extensive parental support

  • The children follow the same Early Years curriculum as in other Ofsted regulated nurseries but in an environment dedicated to special needs.

    We encourage a parent / key person partnership to improve communication between the home and nursery. The key person will support the child’s development and learning through both independent and adult led activities by encouraging participation in all activities, including snack and meal times.

    To ensure a high standard of care, Grove Cottage works with other national and local organisations such as Ofsted, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Specialist Teachers team and the Country Special Services Group. The nursery also has links with other nurseries and local mainstream and special schools. We were rated as GOOD in our 2015 OFSTED inspection.

    Your childs' LEA funding can be used towards the cost of the Nursery at Grove Cottage

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    Parent Workshops >>

    Small group sessions with professionals by invitation.

    Friday mornings

    To find out more please contact Maria Sims, Nursery Manager on
    01279 656085 or nursery@mencapgrovecottage.org


    Saturday Clubs >>

    We run a number of different Saturday Clubs for school age children

    The emphasis is on fun, play, maintaining a local friendship group and offering respite to families.

    There are frequent outings using our own minibus to places like Willow Farm, Paradise Wildlife Park and everybody's favourite, our trip to the seaside.

    Grove Cottage Saturday Clubs meet every Saturday during term time

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    School Holiday Clubs >>

    We offer clubs over the school holidays offering respite to families and great days out to the seaside, Colchester Zoo, Paradise Wildlife Park, Hatfield Forest and much more

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    Youth Club >>

    This is a safe, Friendly place for young people 12 – 25 years to meet

    As well as meeting and chatting with friends there are opportunities for cooking, making smoothies, karaoke, listening to music, discos, barn dancing, keep fit, painting, photography, virtual games, watching movies and much more.

    Grove Cottage Youth Club meets every Tuesday 6.30 - 8.30pm during term time

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    Adult Social Clubs >>

    Adults meet on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in a fun, caring and supportive environment.

    There is a choice of individual and group activities. The centre is well supplied with puzzles, games and craft equipment. We also have darts, TV, video and karaoke!

    There are discos to celebrate special occasions, occasional treats such as fish and chip suppers, pizza evenings, BBQs, 10-pin bowling and outings to local events

    Grove Cottage Adult Social clubs meet every Wed & Thurs 7 - 9pm during term time

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    Performing Arts Club >>

    If you are over 14 and love to sing, act and dance then the Performing Arts Club is for you.

    Grove Cottage Performing Arts Club meets every Monday 6 – 7.15pm during term time

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    Get Active Club >>

    We believe that it is important to promote a healthy lifestyle and Get Active is open to anyone over 12 who would like to get involved, regardless of ability.

    Grove Cottage Get Active Club meets every Thursday 6.30 – 8.30pm, during term time

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    Speech and Language Therapy Programme >>

    Improving communication is one of the greatest gifts we can offer a child with a learning disability and Grove Cottage understands the difficulty faced by many parents finding Speech & Language Therapy for their child

    To help, we run a Speech and Language Therapy programme tailor made for each child.

    You and your child will have an initial review meeting with our qualified Speech and Language Therapist who will then develop a programme specific for your child.

    This programme will be implemented by a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant who will meet with you, at a setting of your choice, once a week during term time.

    Every 8 to 10 weeks you will all meet with the Speech and Language Therapist to review your child’s progress and to adapt the programme where required

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    Who do we support?

    We have over 130 active members with learning disabilities who attend the clubs that we offer at Grove Cottage each week.

    It is important to remember that it’s not just the members attending the clubs that benefit but also the parents, carers, siblings and wider care network that gain from the short break respite and support available from Grove Cottage.

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