VICTA Early Years Weekend 2015

Everyone at VICTA would like to thank all the families and professionals who attended our Early Years Weekend and made it such a fantastic experience. It was a busy couple of days combining play, presentations and family workshops. The children were stars in the creche and were soon busy playing giving their parents the chance to get the most out of the talks provided. On the Sunday it was family time with bouncy castles, African drumming, swimming and a rebound therapy workshop. We hope everyone enjoyed and benefited from the weekend in some way, we look forward to seeing you all again soon on future VICTA … Read more

Messy play – Why is it important and what are the best ways to introduce it

‘Messy’ play is something which should be an enjoyable, fun experience for toddlers and is an important part of learning. It helps to develop fine motor skills, understanding of the world through investigation and problem solving, language and social skills and also importantly can be good fun! It doesn’t have to be expensive, much can be done using everyday household items and adapting toys such as stacker cups for pouring and measuring etc. Messy play plays a significant part in the nursery curriculum. It can be a great multi-sensory experience, however, for some children with a visual impairment, it can … Read more

Henshaws Parent and Toddler Group

Our FREE Parent and Toddler groups (Old Trafford, Manchester & Liverpool City Centre) are open to both parents and children with a visual impairment. The groups meet weekly and offer a supportive forum for parents to share stories and experiences, take part in a range of activities and play sessions. We also provide additional information and support via different guest speakers – highlighting other support services or benefits that the families might be entitled to . We know that the key to supporting the children is to support the parents and family first. A large part of that is about providing … Read more