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Questions for parents:

 

HOW WILL MY CHILD BE CARED FOR?

HOW WILL MY CHILD BE TAUGHT?

HOW WILL I BE KEPT UP-TO-DATE WITH MY CHILD’S PROGRESS?

WHAT CONTACT WILL MY CHILD HAVE WITH THE COMMUNITY?

WHAT WILL MY CHILD’S ACCOMMODATION BE LIKE?

WHAT HAPPENS IN AN EMERGENCY?

HOW CAN I BE SURE MY CHILD WILL REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL?

WHAT IS THE OUR PLACE ENVIRONMENT LIKE?

HOW MUCH CONTINUITY IS THERE IN THE STAFF COMPLEMENT AY OUR PLACE?

CAN I VISIT TO SEE FOR MYSELF?

 

HOW WILL MY CHILD BE CARED FOR?
We always take children’s views, preferences and consent fully into account in carrying out personal care including the timing and preference of staff to assist with particular tasks.
A designated Key Worker is specially selected for your child. This selection is based on your child’s preferences matched to the Key Worker’s skills and suitability.
Each child has an individual daily diary and permanent file which is kept in a secure place. This holds all relevant information needed to ensure the child’s needs are met. It is maintained by the Key Worker.
The child or young person’s dignity and privacy are maintained at all times. We believe trust is more important than obedience.
It is also important that the child gradually learns to feel safe with the other children he/she lives or works with.
Your child is continuously assessed and monitored using an Individual Care Plan by the Key Worker with support from the child’s teacher. Consultation is carried out with professionals.
Dietary requirements will have been discussed at induction and nutritional needs are monitored and controlled by the Cook through a daily diary.

 

HOW WILL MY CHILD BE TAUGHT?
At Our Place we believe that learning for our children takes place in every part of the waking day.
A child won't to be assessed by what he/she does, but valued for who he/she is.
Every child is made to feel safe, cherished for themselves with an understanding of how they interact with others.
We operate a gentle teaching style which begins with one-to-one contact between the child and one of their teachers, teaching assistants or support workers.
Achievement is celebrated at Our Place and pupils are taught to recognise and reflect on their own progress and achievements and to help plan the next 'step' in their learning. Staff use a combination of praise, encouragement and positive reinforcement to instil a sense of pride and self-worth and to actively promote motivation for learning.
Pupils' achievements are recognised by all and publicly acknowledged with frequent opportunities to celebrate success.
Incentive/reward schemes are used as appropriate for individual pupils.
All pupils at Our Place are offered choices and opportunities within the context of a relevant and fulfilling education.
It is our philosophy that we teach the way each young person learns.
 All young people at 16 years take a QCF qualification in Personal and social Development/Life Skills, selecting units which will enable them to develop independence skills relevant to their adult lives.

 

HOW WILL I BE KEPT UP-TO-DATE WITH MY CHILD’S PROGRESS?
Every effort will be made by the school to maintain the parent/child or young person relationship.
We welcome regular letters and photos from parents so that we can keep the children up to date with what is happening at home.
All parents, Social Workers and carers will be kept up to date with their child or young person’s progress through monthly reports.
The report starts with a general overview of activity and progress for the month and goes on to provide further detail on aspects such as interaction with staff and other children, educational achievements, external visits, behaviour and incidents.
You will be able to maintain contact with your child or young person through a computer and web cam facility in a dedicated facility in our new extension.
Parents also receive regular letters home from their child or young person and the Key Worker and from time to time you may get a postcard with a special message when you child has done something exceptional.
The Key Worker and the Teacher will be available for phone calls at times convenient to both sides, and protected time can be made available for parents to speak to their child.

 

WHAT CONTACT WILL MY CHILD HAVE WITH THE COMMUNITY?
Regular days out and excursions form an important part of scheduled activity at Our Place.
We encourage the children to interact with the general public on supervised visits to local places of interest, visitor centres, tourist attractions as well as shops and cafes. They may also experience travel on public transport.
We have excellent relationships with members of the local community who help to make outside activity a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for all of our young people.

 

WHAT WILL MY CHILD’S ACCOMMODATION BE LIKE?
The residential provision is in a 1920s house. The home has been converted to make it suitable for the provision of care whilst maintaining a homely feel. 
There are eight single bedrooms which can be personalised to the needs and preferences of the young person and provide a comforting and private environment. We employ full time cleaning staff to ensure the children’s rooms are always kept to the highest standards of cleanliness.
For day to day activity, there is one large dining room, two living rooms – one for family type activities and one for children who have visitors or want to sit in a quiet area. There is a variety of equipment provided to suit differing relaxation styles - T.V, CD and DVD players and a Wii for fun and games.
If required we can locate the young person in a separate dining area for those who are hyper sensitive to sounds.
Children are able to use the sensory room, craft centre, kitchen and a playroom outside of school hours.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN AN EMERGENCY?
We ask you to sign an emergency medical treatment form on admission which gives our trained staff the responsibility to treat your child in case of an emergency.
In the case of a medical emergency, this could be in the form of first aid, administering of emergency medication, calling out a GP or, if necessary, admitting them to hospital.
Depending on the type of incident / accident you will be informed at the most appropriate time according to your child’s contract management plan which is agreed at time of placement.
Every such incident is fully recorded and logged.

 

HOW CAN I BE SURE MY CHILD WILL REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL?
This is a candid question we are asked many times by parents and guardians.
‘Potential’ is a relative term; however our burning desire is to give the children in our care as fulfilling and happy a life as we can within the constraints of their special needs.
Among other things, this means integration with the outside world, taking part in activities in which other young people of their age would partake and nurturing their interest in national events such as sport and news.
We have excellent relationships with members of the local community who help to make outside activity a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for all of our young people.
We can provide testimonials from parents, guardians and social workers to indicate the progress that has been achieved and continues to be achieved with young people who have been or are still in our care.
We have delivered some notable outcomes and believe that this is a result of our open approach and recognition that each child is unique and has to be treated according to their individual needs and preferences.

 

WHAT IS THE OUR PLACE ENVIRONMENT LIKE?
We have created a home from home atmosphere at Our Place.
The children in our care live in a secure and friendly environment and our rural location provide them with space to enjoy and learn at the same time.
We are constantly improving our facilities so as to provide more space and extra activities, and everything we plan and do is single mindedly aimed at making life better and more fulfilling for the children.

 

HOW MUCH CONTINUITY IS THERE IN THE STAFF COMPLEMENT AY OUR PLACE?
Like every operation, Our Place sees changes in staff from time to time, however most of the senior management team have been with us for over 5 years or more and at carer level, 75% of staff have been consistently with us for 3 years or more.
From time to time, when we need cover for issues such as sick leave, we employ agency staff. These are always selected on a strict assessment of their suitability for Our Place and the needs of the children and whenever possible we retain consistency in the individuals employed.

 

CAN I VISIT TO SEE FOR MYSELF?
We welcome a visit from prospective parents or guardians.
You’ll notice from the first time you step across our door what a friendly and welcoming home we provide.
You will be given a tour of the facilities and we encourage you to talk to as many members of staff as you wish.
After your tour you’ll be provided with a delicious lunch with our senior staff at which time you will be able to ask questions and find out about the best way of getting your child into Our Place.
To arrange a visit please email us at: meetus@ourplaceschools.com or telephone 01886 833378

 

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Our Place Schools
The Orchard
Bransford, Worcester
WR6 5JE

Tel. 01886 833378
Email. admin@ourplaceschools.com
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