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The children live in a rented flat. There are two bedrooms, a living room, a bathroom and a kitchen. Careful! Take your breakfast and go to the table. Milan, come over here - this is your breakfast. Please take it to the table... And, here comes Honzik... Come on Honzik... There are four key workers; each of whom takes care of one child. The staff buy things for the children. For example, when their clothes don‘t fit any more, they go shopping together with the children for new clothes. The children all have individual plans. Amalka, for example, is learning to eat with a spoon, and her key worker assists her. The key worker supports her, because Amalka is not able to do it herself. Prior to moving children into any such social service establishment, it is important to create a team of people who will work there. This team has to undergo training. It is necessary to prepare the children too. They have to be aware of the changes and should know what to expect. They have to be able to cope with moving to the new place, and they should visit it before moving in. The time during the process of moving was really difficult. The children cried after they had moved into the new home. They had only visited the flat once before, so they cried and screamed. One of them wanted to go back to the institution; this child did not want to stay in the flat at the beginning at all. It took about 3 months for the children to get used to living in the flat. The carer praises one girl while practicing a fine motor activity with her. Try to think about the things we have here. A bed. Yes, a bed, let’s try it. Do you like sleeping in it? I do. Great, I am glad then. And this is where you store your things; what things could you store in here? Toys. And what is this? A football and a chair. The chair is new, right? All that you have there is new, isn’t that so? Yes, the carpet, for example... We take care of four children in the flat. There are eight colleagues of mine working in shifts. We strive to create an environment, which is close to feeling like an ordinary home. This means, for example, that when it comes to weekends, we do not wake the children up. They get up when they like. Then we serve breakfast. We go shopping with children, we walk them to school, we arrange after school activities for them, we take them to the theatre, the swimming pool, etc... We do things like an ordinary family does... They are shopping – the carer is checking the shopping list with Saša \ Saša goes shopping. These changes happened gradually. Nevertheless, we started to see the first positive changes after the first three months when two of the children stopped using nappies and began to use the toilet. We also observed further changes when we began shopping with the children. Before this, shopping had always involved children crying. It was difficult to cope with, but we stayed strong and overcame all the difficulties. Since the move, there have been may positive changes in the children. The children are less noisy, less nervous. One can see they are more peaceful, they have more space and they definitely have a wider choice of activities and they feel it. Before, they were not able to do things independently. Honzik now tries to dress and undress himself, which he had never done before, because this had previously been done by the staff in the institution. We now have more capacity for caring for the children. We try hard to support the children and to teach them more, which was not possible when working with a larger group of children in an institution This is surely a great benefit for both the children and us. We have more space and more possibilities. When we come across a good idea, we immediately go for it and give it a go. We are free to plan things. In an institution, routines were set and changes were hard to make. Now, we can plan meal times when we want. If we go out and the meal is delayed, we just have it later and that’s it. It is all up to us. We make decisions about the programme of the day. The biggest benefit for children is having a stable team of carers. This gives the children a small family-like environment and privacy. Apart from our team, there are no other people entering their private environment. The carer, alongside with Saša, is cooking dinner and making arrangements on who will do what. Saša is tasting the food and he praises the carer. So, I am glad! We can put it in the fridge and the dinner is ready! The carer is drawing with one of the children and telling the child how to draw things. The children have more options about what to do and they have a variety of activities to choose from. The staff are more relaxed, as there are fewer rules for them, and no supervision on a daily basis. The environment is more pleasant and quiet.

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Duration: 8 minutes and 44 seconds
Language: English
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Posted by: louise.tanner on Dec 5, 2017


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