An Alternative Provision Short Stay Free School for children aged 4-7 years, integrating education with continuous on-site therapeutic support.
To create a welcoming hub of knowledge to support families, reducing isolation, compassion fatigue and improving well being for the whole family.
All our on-site teaching staff will be trained in attachment and trauma, Theraplay, Mentalization Based Training and will be beginning to use the Dyadic Development Psychotherapy principles (level one), as a minimum requirement.
32 places (our starting point). 16 children at any one time, but with opportunities for a further 16 children to attend part time. This will give us a reach of at least 40 children per calendar school year.
A new build, designed to provide classrooms, multiple therapy rooms and a specialised sensory integration room, to meet the specific requirements of these children. There will also be provision for group training.
An environment where a nurturing, trusting relationship with a consistent Key Adult, from their own school, can develop.
An individualised, multidisciplinary learning environment to promote healing and recovery for the child.
Comprehensive assessments combining the latest neuroscience to identify and treat the very earliest developmental gaps (The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) – a program developed by Bruce Perry from The Child Trauma Centre in America).
A length of stay depending on the child’s level of need, with regular visits to their own school.
Comprehensive training for the Key Adult and host school staff, to ensure the child is fully supported on return and knowledge disseminated with the host school, other cluster schools, other professionals and beyond. The reach of one child in the school is considerable.
To continue our existing outreach provision and establish an attachment and trauma Centre of Excellence to provide high level training (including Teacher Training institutions) and opportunities to research the needs of these children further and become part of a world wide research body on trauma.