For therapy, training, advice and support call us on 01684 576795 or

Messy Play

There is no right or wrong way to do messy play; children of all abilities can use materials in their own way and still be part of the group. 

Children learning English as a second language can join in too as messy play does not rely on words. Messy play offers many opportunities for learning:

Physical Development

  • Activities such as stacking, pouring and spooning develop hand-eye coordination.
  • Practising cutting, writing in shaving cream and using tongs develops fine motor skills.
  • Hands-on activities allow children to compare textures i.e. smooth, rough, hard and soft.
  • Children gain an understanding of their own body space.

Communication and Language Development

  • Using words and gestures to share resources; explain actions and take turns.
  • The teacher/caregiver asking open-ended questions encourages thinking skills and narrative skills for storytelling.
  • The use of letters in activities promotes an understanding of written language.

Personal, Emotional and Social Development

  • Building self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Developing concentration, problem-solving and planning.
  • Fostering self-respect and respect for others.
  • Presenting opportunities for making friendships.
  • Offering an outlet for feelings, experiences and thoughts.
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Intellectual Development

  • Children will investigate, explore, design and create, leading to a better understanding of the world around them.
  • Children will learn to group, classify and arrange items in a logical order. They can identify, match and understand cause and effect.
  • They can predict and try out solutions; observing the results and evaluating information gaining a greater understanding of the scientific method.

Mathematical Development

  • Counting, calculating and measurement.
  • Sorting objects, filling containers and creating patterns.
  • Using numbers helps children understand their meaning.
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Creative Development

  • An opportunity for imagination and creativity.

  • Through sensory experiences, children are able to respond to what they see, hear, feel, touch and smell.

  • Children can express their feelings and thoughts through colour, texture and shapes.



All children’s therapy sessions are currently grant-funded however as you can appreciate, this may not be the case always and standard session charges are as follow: 

1-hour individual sessions – £15

Full-day group sessions (5-15 children) – £50

Call us on 01684 576795 or to access any of our services​.

Oliver's Story

Life before the children’s therapy that ARCOS has provided was very hard for Oliver and me. He struggled with so many things, hated change with a passion, and hardly ever wanted attention or cuddles…

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We offer a multi-sensory environment for calming relaxation and sensory stimulation. Children with a variety of disabilities  attend.

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Through specialist multi-disciplinary therapies, rehabilitation activities, and emotional support to make a difference and changing lives.

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We provide training in understanding best practice care and the latest technological support for a range of conditions for healthcare professionals.

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ARCOS provide physical and online training, information, and advice. You also gain a network of peer support to assist you through your journey.


Connor's Story

After successfully trialling the MyTobii eye gaze equipment we arranged to lend Connor the ARCOS MyTobii equipment for a longer-term…