What happens at the Croft?
Staying at The Croft
Children usually come to the Croft for about six to eight weeks, although some children stay longer. Most children stay with us overnight but everyone goes home at the weekend. Most stay on the unit with one of their parents and sometimes with other members of their family too. Some children stay with a carer or a grandparent. Some go home to sleep, usually because they live nearby and because they don't need to stay on the unit to help their problems get better.
What do children do at the Croft?
At the Croft we have a day programme between 9.00 am and
3.30 pm. During this time you will be looked after by staff,
and do different activities. These includes going to the Croft school in the morning and taking part in groups in the afternnoon. There are also playtimes that happen indoors and outdoors. If you are staying overnight you will be looked after by your parent or carer after the day programme has finished.
There are three playtimes each day apart from Thursday, one during school, one after lunch and one after the afternoon group. After we have put our coats on we go into the big playground. We can do what we want and sometimes if you are lucky the staff will play with you! There are swings, climbing frame and aslide to play on. We also have a big sandpit, musical poles to run round in and there is also space to play football or tag with other children.
You will have two keyworkers and a case manager to look after you. They are nurses who you will get to know very well and will support and help you. You will have time with your keyworkers which is just for you: it is a time to talk or play. It helps the keyworkers think about how best they can help you.