"When we first adopted Harley, we knew that he would have some form of learning disability and he was already very late in meeting his milestones. We had no idea that the Hamlet existed until our specialist health visitor pointed us in that direction! From the first day we walked through the doors, we were immediately met by staff who welcomed us so warmly to what would become our second home! We started out in the sensory room and as Harley grew he made his way up to Early Explorers where he was loved, valued and celebrated every day by every member of staff. So when Daisy also joined our family it was inevitable that she too would join the Hamlet family!
It became clear, very early on that us SEN(Special Educational Needs) parents had a lot in common: lack of sleep; exhaustion; constant fighting for what our children needed; etc. We found ourselves chatting about our struggles in the reception area after dropping our children off. It was then that the Children’s Centre Manager suggested we make ourselves a cup of coffee and sit down in The Hive and just relax together, and so the Friday coffee morning was born.
We became a close-knit group of parents who could share, encourage, support and advise each other and those friendships are still as strong today. I honestly don't know how I would have been able to get through a lot of what we've been through had it not been for that group of incredible people who cried and celebrated with each other. The Hive coffee morning is a place where no one is judged, where we are all in the same boat, every small victory is celebrated by everyone and every battle is fought together.
So, even though my little ones have now moved on from Early Explorers and are settled into school life, I still can't cut my ties with my family at the Hamlet and continue to support other parents who are just starting out their SEN story as I was, through the Hive coffee morning."