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Footprints Conductive Education Centre: empowering families with disabled children

Footprints CEC enables disabled children and empowers parents/carers. It enriches the lives of children with disabilities, develops their independence and prepares them for the future by teaching a range of skills. Parents/carers learn alongside their child, and are provided with information, practical and emotional support. More than 90% of children who attend our pre-school develop the skills and confidence they need to enter mainstream education.

Children attend Footprints CEC from the age of 6 months to 12 years of age. They have a range of disabilities and challenges including cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, global development delay and other genetic conditions. However, we always focus on what children can do, not labels, diagnoses or conditions.

Babies and children with disabilities need extra support to consciously learn life skills that come more naturally to others. These include communicating, eating and drinking, problem-solving and playing. Not just literacy and numeracy. We help find a solution that works for them, such as eye-gazing or signing.

Footprints CEC is a Nottingham-based charity that meets these needs using the principles of conductive education, a holistic education approach. It is not a 'therapy' or a 'treatment', but a method of teaching practical ways to manage the additional challengesthat accompany a disability. It brings the professional structure and rigour of schooling (individual assessments and tailored learning plans), but in a setting families describe as welcoming, encouraging and positive.

We run pre-school classes 4 days a week. Our 'graduates' can come back for extra support if they need it whilst at primary school, at our speech and language classes or Saturday Gym Club.

Our distinctive service-

  • we provide educational support at a time when most other services are medical
  • family members/carers attend all our sessions so they can learn techniques to use at home
  • we teach practical skills, incorporating daily activities into our sessions where appropriate (eg. eating, drinking, going to the toilet, socialising)
  • we teach in groups, matching children who can learn most from each other
  • we see our children and families weekly
  • we set individual aims for our children, broken down into very small steps
  • we have regular terms and short holidays to fit the learning styles of children and to ensure skills aren't forgotten

Who to contact

Contact Name
Nathalie Bailey-Flitter
Contact Position
Manager
Telephone
0115 958 6641
E-mail
enquiries@footprintscec.org
Website
Footprints Conductive Education Centre

Where to go

Name
Footprints Conductive Education Centre
Address
Iona School, 310
Sneinton Dale
Nottingham
Postcode
NG3 7DN
Notes

We are located inside Iona School.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
We operate Monday-Saturday according to Footprints CEC term-times.
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Session duration depends on the group.

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£32.50 (Pre-School) Per month
£32.50 (Gym Club) Per month
£28.35 (Speech Group) Per month
Details
Like many charities we are facing financial challenges. There is growing demand on trusts and foundations and less money to go round. Early in 2016 our Trustees took the difficult decision to ask families for a financial contribution towards their sessions at Footprints CEC. The above fees are per family rather than per child. We are an approved 'Caudwell Supplier' (http://www.caudwellchildren.com). Caudwell Children provide family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK. Financial support is available.

Availability

Age Ranges
0 -11 years
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Parents/carers are able to self-refer to our service and make an appointment for assessment.

We also take referrals from the NHS and Social Care.

Other notes

Parents will need to stay with their child through all sessions.

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Description

Our work is inspired by the principles and practices of Conductive Education, developed at the Peto Institute in Hungary. This approach places the parent firmly at the forefront of their child's education, encouraging the child's personality to develop alongside their mother or father.

All our sessions are delivered with parents present thus ensuring a partnership and collaborative approach

Our vision:

To enrich the lives of disabled children so that they and their parents have more fulfilled everyday lives.

Children attend Footprints CEC from the age of 6 months to 12 years of age. They have a range of disabilities and challenges including cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, global development delay and other genetic conditions. However, we always focus on what children can do, not labels, diagnoses or conditions.

Babies and children with disabilities need extra support to consciously learn life skills that come more naturally to others. These include communicating, eating and drinking, problem-solving and playing. Not just literacy and numeracy. We help find a solution that works for them, such as eye-gazing or signing.

Footprints CEC is a Nottingham-based charity that meets these needs using the principles of conductive education, a holistic education approach. It is not a 'therapy' or a 'treatment', but a method of teaching practical ways to manage the additional challenges that accompany a disability. It brings the professional structure and rigour of schooling (individual assessments and tailored learning plans), but in a setting families describe as welcoming, encouraging and positive.

We run pre-school classes 4 days a week. Our 'graduates' can come back for extra support if they need it whilst at primary school, at our speech and language classes or Saturday Gym Club.

Our distinctive service-

  • we provide educational support at a time when most other services are medical
  • family members/carers attend all our sessions so they can learn techniques to use at home
  • we teach practical skills, incorporating daily activities into our sessions where appropriate (eg. eating, drinking, going to the toilet, socialising)
  • we teach in groups, matching children who can learn most from each other
  • we see our children and families weekly
  • we set individual aims for our children, broken down into very small steps
  • we have regular terms and short holidays to fit the learning styles of children and to ensure skills aren't forgotten
Contact Name
Nathalie Bailey-Flitter
Contact Telephone
0115 9586641
Contact Email
enquiries@footprintscec.org

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Record Last Updated On: 09/08/2019

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