CHIPS – Children with Hearing Impairment Play and Stay

CHIPS is a ‘Play and Stay’ communication session, led by Teachers of the Deaf and facilitated by Family Support Keyworkers from the Specialist Teaching and Preschool Service, for preschool children with a hearing impairment.

The groups form part of the service’s Early Intervention programme for hearing impaired children, and they enable parents to meet other families in their locality with young deaf children.

The Play and Stay sessions provide a range of structured, topic-based activities to support and encourage communication and language, including sing and sign, music, free play, craft activity and story time.

The groups operate in different localities across Essex, once a week during term-time.

Mid Essex group (Chelmsford)

North East Essex group: (Colchester)

South Essex group: (Billericay)

West Essex group: (Harlow)

Enquiries about the group:

For information about our team’s wider activities for deaf children/young people, please see our Hearing Impairment page.

Who the service provides for

Families of preschool children who are supported by Teachers of the Deaf.

Hours of operation

Term time only

How the service is accessed

Teachers of the deaf identify those families whose children have specific needs, and would benefit from the activities provided by the group.

Operational locations

  • Essex


County Hall
Market Road