Day care and preschool groups

Families of children and young people with a life-limiting condition often find it difficult to fit in day-to-day activities such as attending appointments, getting the shopping, or simply having a few hours on their own.

Day care

At Shooting Star Children’s Hospices we offer day care at both our hospices. This allows families to leave their child or teenager for a few hours in a safe environment with experienced and familiar care team members.

At our Hampton hospice, we also have our Sparkle Day Care service, a preschool provision.

Due to the complexity of medical needs, finding a suitable preschool is a challenge for the families of children with life-limiting conditions. Sparkle Day Care offers a structured multi-sensory curriculum for preschool age children and follows the Early Years Foundation programme to ensure that each child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The children’s progress is documented, ensuring that all planned activities are appropriate for each individual child’s needs. We also keep a scrap book for each child containing their art work, photos and achievements.

Preschool groups – Little Chasers and Little Sparklers

As well as day care, we offer two preschool groups; Little Sparklers, run at our Hampton hospice and Little Chasers, which takes place at our Guildford hospice.  These groups are for parents and their children to attend together.

Often, because of their complex care needs, the children we support do not have access to standard toddler groups. Little Sparklers and Little Chasers groups allow the children and their families a sense of normality and the opportunity to experience things other children get to experience.

It enables them to become familiar with being at the hospices and be introduced to and experience socialising with other families we support and also provides the opportunity for parents to make use of the complementary therapy service offered.

Sessions vary each time – from sensory and communication sessions, and visits from the Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog, to music and art therapy, and even sessions in the hydrotherapy pool.