Hammersmith & Fulham’s administration has committed to build a new, state-of-the-art learning and play centre for the borough’s Disabled children.
Working hand-in-hand with parents and teachers, the new centre located at Queen's Manor Primary School in Lysia Street will revolutionise support to Disabled children in the borough and is part of £6 million of improvements at the school.
“We came to office determined to do everything possible to support Disabled children to give them the best possible start in life,” said Cllr Sue Macmillan, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education.
“I regularly meet with the parents and carers and they have told me that the borough really needs a centre for disabled children, so we have made it a priority to find a location and funding to make this happen.”
The centre will be open throughout the week, including evenings and weekends. It will be designed as a hub for all children with disabilities - a space for children to safely play, as well as a key support for parents in need of information and advice.
Plans include specialist provision for under-fives, play areas with accessible equipment, after-school clubs, health services and other support, training and meeting rooms and space for a wide range of activities.
Queen’s Manor School’s own support unit for pupils with special educational needs will be rebuilt and landscaping will be carried out around the school as part of the £6 million project.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for all children at Queen’s Manor and for Disabled children and their families across the borough,” said headteacher Sonja Harrison.
“We believe this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the landscape and facilities at Queen’s Manor. It will significantly improve the offer to all Queen’s Manor children now and in the future, and give a huge boost to H&F children with disabilities and their families.”
Full details of the design will be decided after a consultation, which will include Queen’s Manor parents, staff, Parentsactive which support people with Disabled children in H&F and local residents.
If approved, the centre could be built by January 2018.