Aurora Meldreth Manor gets glowing Ofsted report as service grows

Aurora Meldreth Manor children’s home has been rated Good by Ofsted just weeks after it unveiled plans to create 40 new jobs.

Aurora Meldreth Manor Children’s Home, based in the village of Meldreth, 10 miles south of Cambridge, was given a glowing report by the official Government inspectorate.

The home was praised for having ‘a real sense of fun and joy’ and for helping youngsters make exceptional progress in their development.

Aurora Meldreth Manor is home to children aged 6 to 19 all of whom live with severe and complex learning difficulties.  Many of the youngsters have additional physical disabilities, sensory impairment or health needs.

The children’s home had previously been rated as Requiring Improvement by Ofsted but the report highlighted major improvements since it was taken over by The Aurora Group in May this year.

One parent told inspectors that their child was ‘unrecognisable’ following their time there, saying that they are ‘doing things that they never would be able to do at home’.

The importance of the communication regimes at Meldreth Manor was highlighted by the report with an example of a child who has been able to speak recognisable words for the first time because of the care provided.

Emma Nelson (Registered Care Manager), Debra Eason (Principal), Ian Thorsteinsson (Regional Manager - Children's Services)

Emma Nelson (Registered Care Manager), Debra Eason (Principal), Ian Thorsteinsson (Regional Manager - Children's Services)

Aurora Meldreth Manor Principal Debra Eason said she was delighted that the home had received such a positive review from Ofsted.

She said: “I’m so proud of the team here at Meldreth, which is led by our service manager Emma Nelson and this report is well deserved.

“Our number one focus is to provide the highest quality care possible for the wonderful children we support and it’s great that has been recognised in this report.

“We will keep working hard in the year ahead and continue to develop our service as we strive to move from good to outstanding – that is always our aim.”

One parent was so delighted with the turnaround at the home she told inspectors that her child had ‘come on in leaps and bounds since he came’. 

She said: “To see my son riding around the grounds on the bike specially made for him is amazing. We now have hope, for the first time.” 

Louise De-Hayes – M.D. of Children’s Services at Aurora said “This is a superb result and reflects the team effort from Emma and all those at Meldreth. This certainly establishes a platform to go on to provide an Outstanding service for these young people.” 

The Good rating comes just weeks after owners, The Aurora Group, announced that they were looking for 40 new staff to work at the children’s home, the neighbouring school and Orchard Manor (a residential and day service for young adults from age 19 upwards) on the same site. 

There will be an Open Day on November 10th at Aurora Meldreth Manor which those interested in a career supporting young people can attend to get a sense of the rewarding careers on offer.  

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