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.
Each child and young person living at Framfield Children’s Home has individual goals which include working towards staying safe, being healthy, enjoy and achieving, making a positive contribution and working towards economic well-being.
Framfield children’s home recognise that all young people have the right to education and understand the importance and significance of education in the lives of young people, and how education and life skills can enrich and empower them. Each young person that lives with us has an education package tailored just for them and they are emotionally supported in order to focus on their education
The Home has a long and positive close working relationship with schools. We work together to ensure a consistent and familiar approach is maintained throughout the lives of each young person that lives with us. Where possible the children and young people at Framfield Children’s Home attend Schools in and around East Sussex and are transported by home staff.
Framfield Children’s Home focuses on building social skills, independence skills and self-confidence. All achievements and positive changes a young person achieves in their lives – no matter how small, are celebrated.
A great deal of emphasis is placed on encouraging each young person to reach their optimum potential, developing life skills that will equip them with the tools necessary to live a happy and independent life.