Frequently asked questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about working at Blue Elephant Childcare

Homes and Children ...

What is a children’s home?

A children’s home is a just like a family home. It is where children live together, with professional staff to look after them 24/7. Children’s homes aim to make sure that they meet the needs of children who can’t live with their own families. That means that as well as providing the basics like food, shelter, and space for play in a caring environment, they also act as a place where children can grow, develop and thrive.

What does a children’s home look like?

Our residential children’s homes have been specifically designed to be homely, comfortable and welcoming, enabling the children in our care to feel safe and looked after. We offer everything that you’d expect to find in a modern family home, balanced alongside relevant modifications, enabling us to provide the best care for individuals’ needs.

Do the children get to see their family?

It’s very important that children stay in touch with their family and friends. It’s only when they mig, or a Court Order says that contact is forbidden, that some children are unable to have visits from their family or are unable to visit them.

Do the children go to school?

Our children’s education is important, and we support and aid all our children to access education. This may be in the form of mainstream school, specialist provision, home schooling or tutoring. We pride ourselves on working closely with local authorities to ensure the education provided to our children meets their individual learning need.

How are old are the children at Blue Elephant?

We care for children aged between 5 and 18 years old.

About the job ...

Do I need any qualifications?

To become a support worker, you do not need any qualifications. We give you all the training you require to do the job and also offer extensive CPD opportunities.

Do I need to drive?

Yes, you will need a driver’s licence. Whilst working in our homes you will be using the company cars to drive children to school, activities and trips.

How long are the shifts?

Your shift starts at 8am and until 11pm; you should come to shift prepared to sleep in, but you might not always need to sleep in.

Will I lone work?

We have no solo occupancy homes, however there will be times when you are working with our children 1:1. This might be taking them on days out, car trips to school or going to the shops together.

Where are the children’s homes?

All our homes are within a 20 mile radius of Barnstaple.