Framfield Children’s Home offers a range of activities that are tailored to the needs of every young person who comes to live with us. We place great importance on the planning of child-centred activities and each person’s individual interests and strengths are encouraged. This is reflected in our extensive activities, achievements, goals and independence system. The young people will also be given a ‘Young Person’s Guide’ on arrival which has information on activities available to them both locally and further afield.
We believe that young people should live in a stimulating environment that offers a variety of activities both within the Home and through carefully planned and controlled activities. Participation in activities is seen as a way in which children and young people can enjoy life, learn new skills, develop and maintain a level of fitness, encourage social skills, team work and confidence and make positive achievements.
In the early stages of a child or young person’s stay, activities will be based around what they like to do and any special interest will be catered for, especially if these have been a feature in their lives prior to coming to live with us. As the placement develops, they will be encouraged to undertake new, different and challenging pursuits in order to extend their skills and experiences and to give them confidence to try new skills in all aspects of their life.
Framfield Children’s Home has a dedicated Activities Co-ordinator who will plan a balanced range of activities, some familiar, some new. Each child or young person has an individual activity planner for every day to cover their time after school, at weekends and during the holidays.
The children and young people at Framfield Children’s Home are encouraged to explore their local environment, enjoy the outdoors and experience what nature has to offer. They take part in activities such as sports clubs, rock climbing, country walks and bike rides. Trips to go shopping, to the beach, discos and local clubs locally are also offered as well as attending concerts and events. The annual holiday for children and young people is a very important part of their life at Framfield Children’s Home. These holidays are taken in a wide variety of locations and as far as possible the children and young people are encouraged to participate in choosing their holiday destination.
The children and young people who live at Framfield Children’s Home are encouraged to join clubs and pursue hobbies. We have house ‘pets’ such as sheep in the field and chickens in the garden and each young person is encouraged to take responsibility for their own pets such as rabbits and fish.