Our Mission

Charity Number 1111837

Time 4 Children is Charity which aims to increase the emotional well-being, self-confidence and self-esteem of emotionally vulnerable children between the ages of 4 and 12 in Mid Sussex and surrounding areas. We do this by providing weekly sessions where children can explore their worries, fears, anxieties or experiences with trained Volunteer Practitioners.  

Why this is important >
Children can find it very hard to express or put into words their thoughts and feelings that can weigh heavily on their young shoulders. Our lasting passion and commitment to supporting children who are trying to cope in times of emotional distress means we are able to make real long term differences to children.

Play is a child’s natural language and with our support children are enabled to explore their worries and anxieties as well as their abilities in a safe and comfortable environment. We don’t judge children or their families. We do not analyse or interpret.

Reflective Listening and Non-Directive Play is a gentle and non-threatening, non-diagnostic, safe way of enabling children to express and communicate their feelings through play and by being listened to by a practitioner, with both ears and eyes.

Who can refer us >
Usually schools i.e. Head Teachers, Special Needs Co-Ordinators, Learning Mentors contact us about making a referral for a child but other Family Support Workers and Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help (IPEH) make referrals too, as do School Nurses and Social Workers.

Our history >
Time 4 Children was established in 2005, after its founder piloted a school project through 2003 to 2004 in Mid Sussex, whilst working with The Children Hours Trust. It became very clear there was little support for the many local children in need of having someone safe to listen to them. The project was hugely successful and as it reached its final days, the time had come to form a charity in its own right. Time 4 Children was born, and received charitable status in October 2005.

As Time 4 Children has grown we now support children in schools all over Mid Sussex.

Thanking our supporters >
At Time 4 Children we are proud of what we achieve and are grateful to all who support our work, from Trusts and Charitable Foundations to individual supporters' generosity and time.

We would also like to thank all the wonderful people who raise funds in aid of Time 4 Children – most recently:

Brighton College Prep School Association
St. Wilfrid’s Church, Haywards Heath
Elan Nursery
Tiny Tekkers
Aspiration School of Dance
Team Shaw
Stephen Payne