Lighthouse Bourne End

Covid Update for 2021

We really look forward to welcoming your children back, but we are adapting the programme to be covid secure and safe for everyone involved.  Our plan is to host it for three days - Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 July 2021 between 10:00-12:00 at the same venue – St Pauls CofE School in Wooburn Green.    The programme will still contain the elements the children love such as Main Stage, a God story, craft and a fun energetic activity, but we are making changes that will hopefully allow us to run even if restrictions are not fully lifted.  What this means for you, if you would like your child/children to join us, is that you will also join us each morning to join in the fun.  We will be accepting a maximum of 10 families, including siblings of any age, and parent(s)/carer(s), with the same families attending for each of the 3 days.   We will be providing entertainment, craft activities, support, coffee, snacks and a picnic rug for each family. Parents and carers will responsible for their children and there to provide support, particularly when social distancing is not possible.   We understand that this is not what everyone would wish for in normal times but we are really pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for us to meet this year.  We are also more than happy to answer any questions, or provide more information. Please contact us by using the ‘connect’ button at the very bottom of this page.

What is Lighthouse?

Lighthouse is a Christian holiday club for primary-school aged children which gets the summer holidays off to a great start. Lighthouse started in Great Missenden in 1987 and has continued to grow. There are now 13 Lighthouses - Beaconsfield, Bletchley South, Burnham, Cressex, Great Missenden, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Langley, Mansfield, Marlow, Princes Risborough, Shelswell and of course Bourne End.

What goes on at Lighthouse?

At the start and finish of the day everyone is together for worship, teaching, games, etc. In between, children have a programme of sports, activities and craft, plus sessions to explore the day's theme.

Where and when?

Lighthouse Bourne End takes place on the first full week of the summer holidays:

The dates for 2021 are Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 July 2021 between 10:00-12:00

It is held at St Paul's C of E Combined School, Stratford Drive, Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire, HP10 0QH

What’s different about Lighthouse Bourne End?

Lighthouse Bourne End is Jesus meeting children where they’re at! 

It is designed specifically, but not exclusively, for children with certain types of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or additional needs. 

We have made a number of environmental changes which will allow your child’s needs to be met, and therefore provide them with the opportunity to thrive and make the most of their week. 

The type of SEN and additional needs that Lighthouse Bourne End aims to support include:

  • Anxiety 
  • Attachment Needs 
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Challenging Behaviour 
  • Language Needs 
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance 
  • Sensory Processing/Integration Difficulties 
  • Working Memory Difficulties 

 However, at LHBE, we don’t just look at diagnosed needs. We recognise not only that the assessment process can be long, but also that it is not always possible or appropriate to obtain a diagnosis for a particular need your child has. Therefore, at LHBE a decision will be made about whether LHBE is right for your child based on the information given in the application form, as opposed to looking simply for diagnoses.  

Is Lighthouse Bourne End right for my child?  

Whilst many children with Special Educational Needs are able to be supported at other Lighthouse sites, the Bourne End site aims to support children whose needs cannot be met within the typical Lighthouse format. 

 When thinking about whether Lighthouse Bourne End is right for your child, it may be helpful to consider the following questions: 

Does your child… 

  • Have difficulties regulating their emotions? 
  • Find it difficult to follow or remember instructions? 
  • Have difficulties with social skills and building relationships? 
  • Experience sensory overloads? 
  • Display challenging behaviour? 
  • Ever show physical aggression towards themselves or others? 
  • Ever destroy property? 
  • Use verbal aggression? 
  • Attempt to abscond? 

Do they benefit from… 

  • An increased level of routine and structure? 
  • Adults explaining the social information in their environment? 
  • Receiving short and repeated instructions? 
  • Receiving information in a visual format?  
  • Reduced sensory information in the environment? 
  • Smaller group sizes/Higher adult ratios? 

 If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, then it is likely that LHBE would be the right environment for your child. 

Lighthouse Bourne End has a different admissions policy to other Lighthouses as we do not run on a first-come-first-served basis. Please refer to the Admissions Policy at the bottom of the page.  

Who is in charge of the children?

Lighthouse Bourne End is run by volunteers, the majority of whom will be 16+. Children are placed into smaller groups of 7-8 children, and we aim for a 1:2 ratio of helpers : children.

Children are placed in groups according to need, rather than age. 

We also have specialist teams to help with craft, sports and other activities. We take up references for all helpers and police check adults.

How much does it cost?

Lighthouse typically costs about £50 per child. We do not charge to attend, but rely on your donations. Details of how to give are sent with tickets.

What happens next?

Please complete the on line application form in full . Child Place application. The more information that you can provide, the better. Please tell us as much as you can about your child so that we can ensure we have put the necessary provisions in place to meet their needs. 

Lighthouse Bourne End Policies

Beause of the specialist nature of Lighthouse Bourne End it has a number of  specific policies which contain  useful information for both volunteers and parents.

Admissions Policy V1 February 2019
Behaviour Management V2 July 2021
Child Protection Policy V3 July 2021 (1)
Fire Policy V1.2 July 2021 (1)
Lockdown Policy V1.2 July 2021 (1)
Lost Child Policy V2 July 2021 (1)
LHBE Covid 19 Risk Assessment Version 1 (2)

Lighthouse Bourne End is a registered charity No. 1180779