I have had 20 years experience working in the childcare sector in various roles.
Recently I have have spoke to more and more parents who have children who are on the autistic spectrum but do not have enough needs to gain a place at a specialised secondary school so the only option seems to be at local comprenhensive where the parents are scared they will just get the support they need.
I am currently looking at setting up a facility at my home to provide secondary school age children with autism/additional needs the opportunity to learn important life skills.
I have spoken to several parents who feel that this would be a great opportunity for their child but I would like the input of some professionals as well
The idea is to have 3 or 4 children at a time and to focus on things that they will need to cope in adulthood which is hard for a school to provide.
The idea is to work alongside the parents and include things such as budgeting, meal planning, cooking, money management, looking after a home, gardening, communication skills etc.
Ideally this would work alongside the school so that the child benefits from both school life and the opportunity to learn essential skills in a small group.
I cannot find anywhere that already offers this option and have no idea of the legal requirements and if schools would be open to the idea.
Please can you let me know if you feel there is a need for such a facility or if you feel that schools already provides these opportunities and what your opinion is on the idea.
Thank you so much for your time and any input