About Sensory World Play Centre

photo of Linda Holmes with small baby

Linda Holmes with one of the many children she has cared for.

Sensory World is owned and run by Linda Holmes.  Linda has been in the childminding business for nearly 20 years since the birth of her son, Ryan, in 1995 and has particular interest in children with sensory problems because of the difficulties she has experienced.

Ryan has progressively been found to have many difficulties.  He underwent open heart surgery at 5 years old but it was not until he was 17 that he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome causing significant difficulties in social interaction and both verbal and nonverbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.  

Most recently he was diagnosed with Labyrinthitis which can cause balance disorders, vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus.

Linda's own problems drove her interest and extensive training in many aspects of child care especially around children with special needs and  for several years her passion was to open a Multi-Sensory Play Centre to give other families the benefit of care and resources that were not available to her.

That drive has come to fruition with the opening of this Play Centre based on her experience of her home based childminding business in Morley where she developed a purpose built playroom where children of all ages can access a wide variety of resources from games, Arts and Crafts, computer based experiences, a sensory garden, nature area and a sensory room.

The Sensory World Play Centre includes substantial financial investment in lighting and technical equipment as well as the simplest of toys to produce an environment proven to have beneficial effects for children and adults throughout the autistic spectrum.

Linda's understanding of the needs of busy parents means her facilities including Sensory World Play Centre are available before and after school and during School Holidays. Linda has extensive experience caring for children with Additional Needs and works with her husband and son who is now 21 and is currently looking forward to becoming a sports coach.

Safety

All the staff of Sensory World Play Centre are fully checked, first aid trained and disability aware.