Activities, LifeSkills and Education

Mayfield Children’s Home offers a range of activities that are tailored to the needs of every individual who visits or stays with us. Participation in activities is seen as a way in which children and young people can enjoy life, learn new skills, encourage social skills, teamwork, 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, in particular, in what they have been successful in doing. Any special interest will be catered for, especially if these have been a feature in their lives prior to being part of Mayfield Children’s Home.

As the placement develops, the young person 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 lives.

The facilities both within Mayfield Children’s Home and in the locality offer an enormous variety of activities within easy access.

Child-Centred

Mayfield Children’s Home places great importance on planning of child-centred activities. We have a dedicated Activities Co-ordinator who will plan a balanced range of activities, some familiar, some new. Each child or young person has an activity planner for every day to cover their time after school, at weekends and during the holidays. We encourage the children and young people here to explore their local environment, enjoy the outdoors and experience what nature has to offer.

We offer a wide range of activities such as;

  • Rock Climbing
  • Country Walks and local meals out
  • Horse Riding
  • Bike Rides
  • Swimming
  • Trampolining
  • Visiting zoos such as Port Lympne and Howletts, London Zoo
  • Visiting theme parks such as Knock Hatch, Chessington and Thorpe Park
  • Visiting local National Trust properties
  • Participating in the Home’s annual holiday at Butlins
  • Yoga and meditation
  • On-site clubs such as Yoga and meditation, cookery and gardening

 

Education and LifeSkills

 

Each child and young person has individual goals which include working towards staying safe, being healthy, enjoy and achieving, making a positive contribution and working towards economic well-being.

Education:

Education is incredibly important for the children and young people who reside at Mayfield Children’s Home.  The importance of education and learning is emphasized by staff and we place much emphasis on encouraging the young people to reach their optimum potential.  The children and young people that reside at Mayfield Children’s Home attend local schools and colleges as appropriate and are encouraged to achieve academically by all staff.

Mayfield Children’s Home supports referrals to local schools for new children and works with local authorities, parents and schools to make the process as smooth as possible.

Life Skills:

At Mayfield Children’s Home we recognize how hugely important it is to prepare for the future and equip the young people with the necessary life skills to lead a happy and fulfilled life.  Staff and mentors teach the young people how to cook, clean, do laundry, how to shop, and use public transport, as well as emphasise the importance of environmental issues via the implementation of a recycling programme. In conjunction with a Consultant Nutritionist, the children and young people learn invaluable skills to help eat healthily and lead healthy lives.

In partnership with Starjumpz Children’s Centre, Mayfield Children’s Home is able to access specialist therapy facilities and therapies, working closely with experts from the Starjumpz paediatric team who provide a full range of therapies such as speech and language, occupational therapy, sensory integration therapy, behavioural support and play therapy as well as paediatrics and nutritional programmes