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

From bases in Kent and Nottinghamshire we provide homes and education for young people from across the UK through our residential care, foster families and education. All of our services have been rated by Ofsted as either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.

We operate our own on-site school in Kent – which from September 2018 will provide day boarding provision for students. Young people in all of our children’s homes also have access to a wide range of educational packages from home tutoring, through small group ‘nurturing classrooms’ led by qualified teachers to 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 positively address issues in their lives.

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 mentalistion. 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 When taken into care he was confused, withdrawn and put barriers up to stop harm.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

  • Ofsted Outstanding Recognition

    Ofsted Outstanding Recognition

    2017/18 has been a fantastic year for the Caldecott Foundation receiving recognition from Ofsted for the outstanding outcomes that we are achieving for the young people placed in our care. Over the last year Ofsted have judged four of our seven children’s homes to be ‘Outstanding’. Our other three homes received ‘Good’ ratings with two also being rated as having “Improved Effectiveness” in their second annual inspection. Caldecott’s Managing ......
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  • Curly Hair Project

    Curly Hair Project

    We are excited to have the opportunity to work with The Curly Hair Project to deliver training for parents, carers and professionals working with young people with ASD. The Curly Hair Project deliver training both nationally and internationally and provide relevant and up to date training. Click here for more information....
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  • Jessie made a bird table

    Jessie made a bird table

    In DT, Jessie has been using his skills to make a bird table; look how proud he is of his work....
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  • Lands End to John O’Groats Charity Cycle

    Lands End to John O’Groats Charity Cycle

    A family member of those at Woodclose Farm are cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats – that’s an incredible 110 miles a day for 9 consecutive days. Paul and his team are raising money to pay for brand new play equipment that will change young peoples lives! They set off on the challenge yesterday and have currently raised £1000 out of the £3000 needed, so any donations you can spare would ......
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  • Easter Eggs from Ashford Leisure Trust

    Easter Eggs from Ashford Leisure Trust

    An Easter promotion at Ashford Leisure Trust resulted in a donation of nearly 70 Easter eggs for the children and young people based at the Caldecott Foundation in Smeeth, near Ashford. Customers taking out a membership at the Stour Centre and Julie Rose Stadium during the run up to Easter were asked to donate an Easter egg instead of paying the usual joining fee. All the eggs were then delivered to ......
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  • We’re a “good” school.  It’s official!

    We’re a “good” school. It’s official!

    We’re delighted to share our news with everyone today. At our Ofsted inspection on 7 and 8 March, we achieved an overall rating of Good. Thanks to all our staff, students and governors for their hard work. You can read the full report here....
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  • Celebrating Science Week

    Celebrating Science Week

    Pupils from Woodpeckers have been to visit Herstmonceux as part of our Science week experience.  ...
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  • Celebrating World Book Day

    Celebrating World Book Day

    We've got lots of great activities going on today in school to promote the love of books for World Book Day 2017....
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  • Superhero movie project

    Superhero movie project

    In Kingfishers we have been working on our SUPERHERO personalities. We have PONYGIRL, BATBOY, WOLFMAN and PUMABOY. We wrote recipes for our superheroes, came up with adjectives to describe them and superpowers using natural disasters which they had to research. We also created our personalities on the computer using superimposed faces. The final part of the project was to create a story involving their superhero and one other from someone ......
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  • Oh my GOSH Bad Hair Day

    Oh my GOSH Bad Hair Day

    Today at Caldecott Foundation School we are using our social skills of participating and cooperating and our spiritual skills of understanding the feelings of others. We are celebrating Bad Hair Day to raise money for seriously ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). A great display of Caldecott's British value showing respect and tolerance of others. ...
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