Time 4 Children provides one-to-one Emotional Listening Support for children who find it hard to express their thoughts, feelings and worries safely and in positive ways.
How we do this
We have a team of volunteer practitioners who are trained to ’listen’ to children using Non-Directive Play and Reflective Listening. Our volunteers give each child a weekly session where there is the time and space to explore their worries, fears, upsets or anxieties.
Where our help & support takes place
Wherever children go to school we can go too. We are a charity that works well with local schools and most schools in Mid Sussex and surrounding areas know Time 4 Children well. We feel school is the best place in which to support a child for many reasons, the main reasons being – Children do not have to be taken out of school for lengthy periods, thus reducing disruption to learning; Children already feel safe and comfortable in familiar surroundings. Children’s safety is paramount to us.
How long is a session?
Usually 50 to 60 minutes. This of course depends on a child’s age. A 5 year old might only manage 30 minutes…..a 10 year old will usually have an hour.
How many sessions do children have?
Because every child is different the number of sessions needed, can vary widely. Some children need short term support whilst others need a lot longer. Experience has shown us that most children have between 15 and 20 sessions.
The children benefit from...
Increased emotional well-being, self-confidence & self-esteem; Feeling better about who they are and what they can achieve; Improved social skills; More able to learn at school.
How to get help and support for a child
Usually schools contact us about making referral for a child but other family support agencies can too. Occasionally parents or carers call on us. When we receive a referral, a home visit to the parents or carers is arranged by us. The parent or main carer must consent to their child being supported. We cannot support a child without consent.
Our volunteers have all completed an intensive 60 hour training course.
All of our volunteers have NSPCC training in Safeguarding Children, FGM and Prevent and are cleared through the Disclosure & Barring Service. When supporting children, our volunteers are provided with weekly individual supervision and group supervision.
Time 4 Children is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people.
Parent & Carer Workshop
Because Time 4 Children is about listening, we listen to parents and what they need. If a child is struggling, experience tells us that often the parents or carers are struggling too. Most families experience difficult times at some point along the way.
Good listening skills are so important but take time to learn. Good listening skills build the foundation for positive and healthy relationships between parents or carers and their children.
Our workshops are about helping parents or carers to learn the basic skills of reflective listening alongside non-directive play, to help them communicate positively and confidently with their children.
Our workshop is open to all parents or carers and is offered over a six-week timetable of two and a half hours each week.