Oakfield House

Monoli Vachoumis

Manoli  Vachoumis- Deputy Manager

I started my career aged 18, as the youngest youth-worker in the country. I worked in this field for 20 years where I supported various projects including, drugs advice, sexting, safeguarding, self-harm, and many, many more. After this, I began working with CYPs with challenging behaviour and took on a role in an SEBD school in Seaford where I worked for 13 years and held the position of senior houseparent. I then moved to Headstart Residential Care, working at Croft House, where I worked as a senior residential worker. After a short amount of time I was offered a deputy manager position, where I supported the launch of a new sister home, Oakfield House. I’m now back at Croft House where I manage the day-to-day running of the home under the guidance of Caroline Melia, the registered manager. I enjoy working with Headstart Care as it’s a close-knit team, where you are encouraged to express yourself as a person and get the chance to develop your career as far as you wish to take it.
Rachel Hill

Rachel Hill – Deputy Manager

I have been working for headstart for the past 2 years. prior to working for headstart, I trained as a nanny (nneb). I worked in this field for over 8 years, mainly overseas. Once back in England I began working in children’s homes and a residential school looking after vulnerable and challenging teens. I gained my NVQ 3 in social care and began my journey in this field.
I feel very fortunate to now be working within a therapeutic unit, caring for young people with additional needs. This has proven to be an exciting opportunity to work closely with our in-house therapist, creating behaviour support plans to tailor to each individual needs. I feel privileged to be working in a job I find so rewarding.

The Home

Headstart Residential Care’s primary aim is to provide a safe and nurturing environment. The home aims to provide opportunities for maximum growth in all areas of a Young person’s life. The Home endeavours to proactively support the young people in moving forward with their lives whilst understanding, and working with the difficulties they have experienced in their earlier years, such as disruption, abuse or discrimination.

The Home will ensure that each young person’s Individual Care Plan is followed by young people having a say on all aspects of their care being encouraged to express their wishes, views and beliefs.

Young People who are placed at Headstart Residential Care will have access to school, be that mainstream or specialist provision. We have close links to Headstart School in Ninfield. A specialist school offering an excellent range of extracurricular activities and courses. This allows us unlimited access to horses, their farm, obstacle course, and acres of outside space 365 days a year. They will also have access to therapeutic input from outside the home if required. If further assistance is required it will always be our intention to find the most appropriate person to work with them.

Young people placed at Headstart School are sometimes long-term non-attenders and/or have complex needs. It is our aim to engage all young people back into full-time education where possible.

This can include initial placements at our special education provision, Headstart School, with a longer-term aim of re-integration into mainstream schools or full-time provision with ourselves or another specialist provider. Exceptionally, home tutoring can be arranged if alternatives cannot be accessed, but only on a short-term basis whilst a more appropriate provision is sought.