Carefree Kids aims to provide services which are affordable, prompt, accessible, flexible, imaginative, adequate and minimally bureaucratic.

We use the child-led model of therapeutic play, as well as incorporating our own ideas and non-directive methods.

Our main service is the provision of one-to-one therapeutic play sessions for 3–16 year olds in their own school during the school day. We work in over 25 schools in the London boroughs of Waltham Forest, Newham and Redbridge.

Each session is 45 minutes in length and these occur weekly during term time. The period of time over which therapeutic play sessions are provided is open ended with no fixed time limits imposed; thus respecting the child or young person’s own pace. We stay with them for many months and even years if the need is there.

The therapeutic play sessions are facilitated by our dedicated team of trained volunteers. Our community volunteers — male and female — come from all walks of life, all ages, and all ethnic, social and educational backgrounds.

We also offer placements for students on certain counselling and therapy courses, including play, art, drama and dance movement therapies. All volunteers attend weekly supervision groups led by qualified therapists. All training and group supervision is free of charge.

We are a small, expanding, community-based charity based in Waltham Forest, run by local people who live and/or work in or local to the borough.

All our services aim to be:

  • affordable
  • accessible
  • acceptable
  • prompt
  • flexible
  • imaginative
  • non-bureaucratic

We provide therapeutic services to children and adults who may otherwise be very unlikely to receive any.

Our services are delivered by committed, long term volunteers — local people helping local children. Through our free training, we offer volunteers a unique opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of the value of therapeutic play.

Local people, helping local children.

The services we offer include:

  • individual therapeutic play for troubled children in primary schools
  • arts therapists at a secondary school
  • study days — usually about three a year
  • training for volunteers, foster carers, adopters and professionals in therapeutic play and therapeutic responses to children
  • one-to-one support and counselling for parents and carers.
  • talks and courses for school staff about therapeutic play and everyday therapeutic responses and techniques.

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