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The particular interests and talents of individual children are considered within the individual Placement Plan which includes ways in which the child will be supported to pursue their interests and talents.
Children are helped and encouraged to engage in leisure and other activities that promote a positive involvement with the cultural, ethnic, religious and language heritages to which they belong. This is also seen as an opportunity to celebrate diversity and help other children from different backgrounds to learn about difference in positive and enjoyable ways.
Examples include supporting children in attending church (where appropriate) attending cultural festivals in various locations (i.e. Notting Hill Carnival/Museum trips etc).
Ball games and activities within the grounds of the house are in view of an adult – a large net-enclosed trampoline is a great place for children to individually exercise safely and blow of steam.
Indoors, aside from a pool table in the common room, and a TV and DVD player in the lounge, the ubiquity of the internet and multitude of ways of accessing it mean that we have strong security settings on our equipment, alongside exper Information Communication Technology (I.C.T.) people – built-in parental controls are also configured and secure on all of their devices.
Educating children how to stay safe online is as important though, and we encourage them to talk to staff – and periodic spot checks on devices is the norm because we must ensure online safety.