Annual Review

Autumn Newsletter 2021


The Butterfly Programme - a guide to our bespoke child behaviour and psychological support programme:

Home-Start Thanet now offers The Butterfly Programme - an early-intervention support programme delivered to families in their home.

Download the Working in Partnership Document

We offer:

Regular home visits to support parents to cope with and understand the needs of their child and to find out about any additional support they may require.

Bespoke support interventions to reduce stress and child anxiety, helping children build resilience to face life's transitions, such as starting nursery, attending groups and the transition into school

Teaching, through play and routines, a way forward for the child to deal with their anxiety, stress or disruptive behaviours

Support to parents, by engaging with them, supporting and encouraging them to make small changes such as playing more, talking more, listening more and maintaining consistency with their child

Our aim:

To reduce stress and improve behaviours and mental well-being of children now and in later life.

Our holistic approach aims to strengthen children and ultimately families; reinforcing coping strategies, parenting ability and child/parent relationships.

Who can Refer?

A family living in Thanet with at least one child under eleven. Our prime focus is often on the younger child, pre-school and during the transition into school.

We support children displaying emotional stress - anxiety, anger, low mood and struggling to adapt to transitions.

We support children displaying negative/challenging behaviours affecting family life and relationships with siblings and in peer groups.

We support families awaiting a formal diagnosis for their child (ADHD/Spectrum Disorders).

We work with parents struggling to maintain boundaries and consistency with their children.

We support children who may have been impacted by domestic abuse or where parental discord is impacting on family functioning.

How it Works:

We provide a prompt triage of new referrals.

An initial home visit to undertake a diagnostic assessment, identifying the specific needs of the child.  We do this by observing and playing with the child, plus discussion with the parents and, where appropriate, professionals to ensure we can provide the right support at the right time.

We provide a bespoke support package offering interventions and psychological support for up to six months and work with the family in their home, plus encourage engagement in the local community.

We will introduce a trained Mentor/staff member offering weekly or bi-monthly support, depending on need, followed by review visits and a final summative assessment prior to withdrawing.

Consistent Evaluation of our Service

Home-Start Thanet ensures that referrers and families referred to us are given an opportunity to give feedback, enabling us to monitor new need and evaluate our service provision.

What Our Families Have Told Us:

"The support you gave my son was amazing. He is more confident, has settled into school, his language skills and ability to play have improved. The fact you visited every week at home helped build such a positive, trusting relationship. Thank You"

The service is sponsored by BBC Children in Need.


For additional information on the areas we cover and the range of services we provide please contact us or call us on 01843 609665.

Contact Details

01843 609665

Kent Innovation Centre
Millennium Way
CT10 2QQ


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