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The Caldecott Foundation is a leading provider of therapeutic care and education

Based in Kent and Nottinghamshire, the Caldecott Foundation provides children and young people who have not had the best starts in life, therapeutic residential care, foster families and education.

We offer education from age 5 to 18 at our purpose built school in Kent for pupils with specific, identified educational needs and those who require bespoke intervention. Our school offers weekly boarding for pupils and a dedicated environment for Primary provision.

Through our Education Services, young people in all of our children’s homes can access a wide range of individualised learning packages, from home tutoring to small group ‘nurturing classrooms’ led by qualified teachers and support into a mainstream school.

Our services are delivered in line with the ‘Caldecott Relational Model’ which underpins our ethos, values and practice. Our model supports children and young people to feel safe through the development of nurturing, reparative relationships. Through the consistent application of our Relational Model across the entire organisation we are able to offer our young people the experience of a secure base.

Our therapeutic care and education is delivered by an experienced and motivated community of highly-trained people. Our therapists support our teams through therapeutic reflections, group supervisions, and mentalisation. They also directly support the children and young people in our care by designing bespoke therapeutic treatment plans that reflect each young person’s needs.


Organisations we work with:

  • Kent Invicta Chamber Of Commerce
  • Ofsted
  • Department Of Education
  • Independent Children's Home Association
  • Fundraising Regulator
  • National Autistic Society
  • The National Association of Special Schools

The Caldecott Foundation News

  • International Women's Day 2024

    International Women's Day 2024

    Staff at the Caldecott Foundation today walk in the footsteps of the women who have gone before. We were founded by Leila Rendel and Phyliss Potter, two young women who wanted to make a difference in the lives of children from working-class families living in and around a matchstick factory in St Pancras, London. For many of these families, the workhouse was an ever-present danger, and their mothers worked long ......
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  • Christmas Craft Fair

    Christmas Craft Fayre at Caldecott

      We are delighted to share that our Christmas Craft Fayre will be returning this year.  Held in the fabulous newly renovated meeting rooms at Caldecott House, featuring arts and craft stalls, food and drinks, free parking and a tour of the school and history talk.  On Sunday 19th November from 10am until 4pm. all proceeds support our fundraising for Caldecott.  Thank you Note to stallholders, we are fully booked ......
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  • From the Archives... A fire at the Nursery

    From the Archives... A fire at the Nursery

    A story from the archives telling a first person account of a fire at the nursery in early spring of 1914 when we were in London. Miss Gracie or Nossels
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  • Swiss Re help us with a Pixie Woodland Trail and some rather large Bears!

    Swiss Re help us with a Pixie Woodland Trail and some rather large Bears!

    The woodlands around our Primary school and children's homes have had some very special Pixies and Bears move in - thanks to our friends from the Swiss Re Foundation.  Colleagues from the UK Swiss Re offices in Folkestone came together to donate their time this summer for a Community Day.  We were not lucky with the weather as it rained all day, but this did not stop our brave band ......
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  • Rocking Horse

    Rocking Horse Appeal - Can you please help us?

    We have two stunning rocking horses in the reception area of our main house, which have been part of our lives for many decades, with children playing on them every week.  One of them is an antique F H Ayres horse made in roughly 1890.  Just trying to imagine how many children will have ridden on this horse is almost impossible to consider. Neither of our horses has formal names, as ......
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  • Caldecott Women Caring for Children for over a Century.

    Caldecott Women Caring for Children for over a Century.

    Today (8th March 2023) we celebrate International Women’s Day, (IWD 2023).  In this blog post, a member of our executive team, Caroline Hallett takes a look back at the history of The Caldecott Foundation, sharing some information about some of the innovative and resourceful women who have helped shape our charity.
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  • Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year

    Caldecott Foundation celebrated Chinese New Year recently; it’s really positive to learn about other cultures and celebrations. ...
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  • The Caldecott Foundation Achievements Awards Evening 2022

    The Caldecott Foundation Achievements Awards Evening 2022

    This week we celebrated the Foundations' achievements with over 100 colleagues attending our event in the newly furbished Leila Rendel rooms. This was our first big event since the pandemic. We were very proud to recognise our teams’ achievements & acknowledge that at this time 8/10 services are rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted with 2 rated as 'Good'.   Our colleagues from Fostering, Children’s Homes, Schools and support services have shown such ......
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  • Camping Medals for Children

    Summer Camp 2022

    Young people from the Caldecott Foundation have just returned from an action-packed adventure in the great outdoors at their Annual Summer Camp!    As they arrived at the start of the week, a range of activities awaited everyone, from kayaking and archery to wall climbing and a zip wire. They all slept in tents, cooked outdoors, and gathered around a campfire in the evenings, surrounded by beautiful scenery. We would like ......
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  • The British Association of Play Therapist's Annual Conference

    The British Association of Play Therapist's Annual Conference

      Workshop 1: It’s in Our DNA – Working in Nature For Sensory & Embodiment Reconnection in Play Therapy I attended the recent annual conference for the British Association of Play Therapists, and this are some thoughts on the first workshop I attended. While this workshop hasn’t led me to think I need to break out into the great wilds of Kent for my play therapy sessions, it did make ......
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