Often forgotten heroines, our five night time carers Jill, Jackie, Vicky, Jan, Jill and Diana who are on duty from 9pm until 7am have worked at Cherry Trees for many years now – 22 years, 21 years, 14 years, 13 years and 11 years respectively. Such amazing dedication to the children and Cherry Trees.
Diana works day shifts and works overnights covering staff sickness, 1.1 care or if we require an extra member of staff, due to numbers of children and young people.
Every evening before the shift starts the night staff are briefed with the Senior Carers regarding which children are staying overnight, which rooms they are in, what has been happening during the day and if there are any special requirements needed for a child. The job entails a lot of administration, reading the files of the children and young people, being aware of their needs, checking PEEPS(Personal Emergency Evacuation Procedures) and the security of the building. Our children come first and everything we do evolves around them.
Caring for the children and young people entails checking on them at regular intervals during the night, administering emergency medication when necessary, setting up and flushing out of feeding tubes if required. Sometimes a child may be unsettled or apprehensive about staying away from home for the first time without their parents, they just need to sit and be comforted and gently coaxed back to sleep.
In addition to the night staff there is always a member of staff on call to assist if any problems arise.
And just like the magic fairies at home the laundry, ironing and clearing up is all done by the morning!
“We enjoy our roles, and no two nights are the same. We feel a sense of achievement when a child stays for a first overnight and it goes well. We realise it’s a big step for both child and parents.”
A big thank from all of us for the wonderful care that goes on during the night when we sleep. They make Cherry Trees what it is by providing 24 hour care, making it a very safe, caring and trusted place to leave your child.