The first 1000 days in the life of a child are crucial for building the foundation blocks of all learning and development. As such, a focus on the provision of services and support to our children in these early years is essential. The entry age of children into our Children’s Home is 5 years and younger. We believe we can have the greatest impact on the child, the younger they are. The children who we receive are mostly from dire circumstances and the Children’s Home is a last resort. They may be abandoned, neglected, orphaned or may be an unwanted child. As a result, our children have an extraordinary need for additional input, care, love and stimulation, beyond that of children born into secure families. Very often, the mother has not had a good pregnancy, physically or emotionally. This has an impact on the child’s development. Economic circumstances and resultant neglect, impact on the development of the child in all areas – mental, physical and emotional. As such, there is a need to provide these children, particularly during the first 1000 days of their lives with the maximum intensive support possible.
Our first task is always to assess each child’s educational needs to ensure that he or she is placed in the most appropriate school. As a result, children from our Home attend 3 different schools – carefully selected to provide them with the best possible environment to ensure that they learn and develop to their full potential.Many of our children have special educational needs and require individual attention in order to ensure that they don’t fall behind in their school work. Through our Educational Support Programme, part time professional teachers work one on one with children who are struggling academically, helping them grow in self-confidence and ability.Further tertiary education or skills training is the ultimate goal of every child at the Home, as they strive towards becoming well-educated and skilled, independent individuals in society.