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

From bases in Kent and Nottinghamshire, the Caldecott Foundation provides vulnerable young people from across the UK with therapeutic residential care, foster families and education.  Ofsted has rated most of our children’s homes and our fostering service as “Outstanding”.

We operate our own on-site school in Kent for pupils with specific, identified educational needs and those who require bespoke intervention.  The Caldecott 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.

All of 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 from which they can feel safe enough to address issues in their lives positively.

Our therapeutic care and education services are delivered by highly motivated staff supported by our in house therapy team through regular case management, group supervision and mentalisation. Our Clinical Psychologists provide detailed psychological assessments that feed into bespoke treatment plans designed to meet the individual needs of each young person.

Organisations we work with:

  • Kent Invicta Chamber Of Commerce
  • Ofsted
  • Department Of Education
  • Independent Children's Home Association
  • Fundraising Regulator

Case Study

For one child that lived with us his childhood memories were filled with sadness. Constantly being let down, being hit and shouted at was the norm. Then things happened that he wanted to shut out – the very people that should care for him, hurt him. Abuse, neglect, violence and isolation become his world. When taken into care he was confused, withdrawn and put barriers up to stop harm.

Sadly more abuse followed leaving a child that couldn’t trust anyone. When adults tried to care he would push them away. If they tried harder he would react with verbal aggression. If they stayed with him he would hit out. Even though foster carers gave him everything, it wasn’t enough and so several placements broke down.

He started life with us in the only way he knew – verbal, physical aggression to the adults trying to care for him. We gave him a keyworker who for the next three years was a consistent figure in his life attending every meeting, appointment and accompanying him to his therapy sessions. Always there to pick him up when he was low and always believing in him and his future.

He started to attend clubs and societies and enjoy spending time with others. He developed meaningful relationships with adults and made friends with other children. We believed in him and eventually he believed in himself.

The Caldecott Foundation News

  • Christmas at the Caldecott Foundation

    Christmas at the Caldecott Foundation

    Children and young people from the Caldecott Foundation will have an extra special Christmas this year, following a very generous donation of gifts and seasonal goodies from both large and small businesses and individual well-wishers. Presents have been arriving at Caldecott’s Kent headquarters, thanks to the sincerity of those keen to support the young people looked after by the Foundation, Caldecott Fostering and Caldecott School. Just before December, Advent ......
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  • Caldecott School's Christmas Celebration

    Caldecott School's Christmas Celebration

    Caldecott School has marked the end of a successful term and the start of the Christmas holidays with a Celebration of Achievement and a trip to the local pantomime. In early December the whole school boarded the coach to Canterbury to see “Mother Goose” at the Marlowe Theatre.  "Everybody had a fantastic time", said a staff member who had accompanied pupils to the production. Then, before breaking for the holidays, ......
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  • Caldecott Foundation Produces Poppy Art

    Caldecott Foundation Produces Poppy Art

    Children and young people from the Caldecott Foundation have produced artwork on the theme of Remembrance, following a competition launched by Sainsbury’s in Ashford, Kent. The supermarket, which selected Caldecott to be its Store Charity of the Year, requested artwork from Caldecott School, the Foundation’s residential children's homes and Fostering service, for an in-store display. Exhibited in the foyer at Sainsbury’s Bybrook branch, the artwork supported the ......
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  • Happy Birthday, Caldecott Primary!

    Happy Birthday, Caldecott Primary!

    Oaklea, the Caldecott Foundation’s dedicated Primary school, has celebrated its first birthday with a fun-packed, traditional party for pupils and their families. Cakes and party games were enjoyed by everyone, together with a barbecue lunch at which Secondary school pupils were also invited to tuck in.  The day included a special visit from a “Baby Velociraptor”, in keeping with the theme of Dinosaurs about which Oaklea pupils had been ......
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  • Mayor of Ashford Opens Caldecott's Forest Trail

    Mayor of Ashford Opens Caldecott's Forest Trail

    The Forest Trail at the Caldecott Foundation’s main site in Kent has been officially opened by the Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Jenny Webb. Constructed this summer, the Forest Trail enables young people from the Foundation’s children’s homes and Caldecott School to discover and explore their natural environment and learn more about the wildlife on their doorstep. The Forest Trail was created by a team of volunteers from ......
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  • Sainsbury's Chooses Caldecott for Charity of the Year!

    Sainsbury's Chooses Caldecott for Charity of the Year!

    The Caldecott Foundation in Kent has been receiving incredible support from its local Sainsbury’s store, after it was nominated “Charity of the Year” by the supermarket. While Sainsbury’s celebrates 150 of years trading in 2019, Ashford’s Bybrook branch of the grocery chain has been busy collecting cash donations in store and is on target to raise a significant sum for the Caldecott Foundation. Moreover staff from the supermarket have ......
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  • Caldecott's Summer Camp Success!

    Caldecott's Summer Camp Success!

    Young people from the Caldecott Foundation’s children’s homes in Kent and Nottinghamshire have once again been offered the rewards of a fun and exciting Summer Camp adventure – and this year, in beautiful weather. The Foundation's Summer Camp provides young people with a range of opportunities for personal development and social bonding – through individual activities and group challenges in the great outdoors; sports and games; sleeping in tents and ......
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  • Back To School for Caldecott!

    Back To School for Caldecott!

    It’s the end of Back To School week and new Head Teacher at Caldecott School, Karen Norman has been welcoming pupils and staff, following a great start to the beginning of term. “Well done everyone – we’ve survived the first week back”, said Karen.  “It’s always hard returning to work after a long holiday and we all hate hearing that first alarm on the first day back, don’......
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  • Caldecott's Got Talent!

    Caldecott's Got Talent!

    The Caldecott Foundation has been celebrating the success of “Caldecott’s Got Talent” – its first Foundation-wide talent show. Nine young people from across the Foundation’s children’s homes and Caldecott Fostering took part in the contest, on a sunny afternoon in the grounds of Caldecott School. “Our young people told us that they wanted us to stage a “Britain’s Got Talent”-style competition”, said Caldecott’s Karan Hughes, ......
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  • Caldecott Launches Therapeutic Residential Boarding

    Caldecott Launches Therapeutic Residential Boarding

    The Caldecott Foundation is delighted to introduce Garden House, a 38 week therapeutic residential boarding home.  Garden House provides boarding and education for children from the age of 7 to 16 years, with Caldecott’s Primary and Secondary schools just a short walk from the home. “We know that the right placement really can help children to thrive”, Garden House staff say.  “Our school and residential boarding staff have persistently high expectations for ......
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