Children’s care services

Current rating: ‘GOOD’ by Ofsted

Inspirational care services for children and young people with disabilities

Our services:

  • Day care – including after school and evenings
  • Respite care and short breaks
  • Long stays
  • Preparation for foster care

Our facilities

  • Homely, stimulating
  • Accessible, safe and fun

Footprints specialises in the care of children and young people with disabilities. We offer care which is tailored to meet their individual needs and to give parents and families the support they need.

Footprints is set within a lovely location and has been designed to allow a mix of privacy and togetherness which is ideal for personalising care to meet each individual child’s or young person’s needs.

Our facilities create a wonderful environment for children to enjoy with brightly coloured accommodation including spacious play and dining areas, sensory facilities, themed bedrooms and spa room with Jacuzzi.

The gardens are extensive and encourage creative play with fully equipped playground, woodland walk and vegetable garden. We encourage children to participate in gardening and discover nature and the wildlife around them.

Out and about and having fun

Children and young people who stay at Footprints enjoy a wide variety of activities and outings.

Regular trips are organised to various attractions and leisure venues such as ice skating, swimming, theatres, animal parks and working farms.

Care at Footprints

Residential care and short breaks

Footprints offers high-quality, long-stay residential care and short breaks (respite care) for children and young people.

Our services are aimed at supporting children and young people with a wide range of disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and other genetic and complex conditions.

Our staff are professional, competent and well trained in many specialist areas and offer support with complex health needs and disabilities.

Day Care and Home Care

We are pleased to offer bespoke care packages which can encompass day care including after school and evenings.

We also provide care and support for children and families at home.

If you get Direct Payments we can help you with support packages.

Preparing children for foster family life

Footprints specialises in preparing children with disabilities and complex behaviours to be ready for life with a foster family. Following a successful placement, our services remain available to support the child and the family into their future.

What the parents say

“The Footprints team are so good, they are tuned into each child and always give choices.”

“The staff never seem tired, 24 hour care means there is always someone who is fresh.”

“This is all I ever hoped for, my daughter gets opportunities to do so much here.”

What our Ofsted report says

“Children and young people are known extremely well to a sensitive and committed staff team.”

“Communication between children and young people and staff is excellent.”

Footprints gives children and young people with disabilities the chance to build a close group of friends and to benefit from the confidence and feeling of security that this brings.

To find out how Footprints can help you:

Please contact Laura Pearce, Footprints Manager on 01227 788779 or email

Footprints, Stodmarsh Road, Canterbury, Kent CT3 4AP

Footprints is part of Strode Park Foundation, Kent’s premier charity for people with disabilities.

Head Office: Herne, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 7NE
Tel: 01227 373292

Footprints – enabling children and young people to realise their full potential

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