The difference we make

By working with troubled children in schools in Waltham Forest and neighbouring boroughs we are supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of children and families. Our work helps children learn, play and communicate better, making a difference not just to one child but to the whole school community.

Here are a few of our latest facts and figures 

In a sample of 42 children, we evaluated the impact of our work on various aspects of their wellbeing. We found that:

  • 40 had responded positively to therapeutic play at school
  • 40 demonstrated improved confidence and coping skills
  • 36 had improved relationships
  • 34 felt happier
  • 29 had fewer disturbing feelings
  • 27 had improved behaviour, concentration and attitude at school

Mo’s story

Mo, aged 6, came to east London from a war-torn country, traumatised by all he had seen. He found it very hard to settle in school and risked being excluded for aggressive behaviour. Mo’s school referred him to Carefree Kids and after attending therapeutic play sessions, there were fewer aggressive outbursts. Mo began to feel happier, did better at school work and made a friend.

Schools we work with

See the Schools List for schools we currently work with.

Examples of what schools and parents say

It is the best thing that has happened to him – he looks forward to every Tuesday as it is Carefree Kids. School SENCO about child, 2018

He goes around with his head held high and does not avoid eye contact. It feels like he is in a much better place. School SENCO about child, 2018

She has improved a lot in the last 6-8 months – she has achieved so much. The school is very pleased with how she has come on. Thank you to everyone. Parent about child, 2018

From the first session, she had a brighter demeanour and a happier attitude to school and was behaving better. Parent about child 2017