The Cheshire School is one of the programs of bestchance Child Family Care, a not-for-profit organisation which has been providing support to children and families since 1895

I will forever be grateful that the Cheshire program has given Raphael another chance at being the boy he really wants to be and not the one everyone presumed he was.

Helping Children to make Positive Changes

Through a partnership between Cheshire school and home, students and their families are empowered to make positive changes that will enable them to successfully return to a mainstream educational setting

Students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

Not all students successfully manage the transition to school. Some students have difficulty coping in mainstream primary school settings. Many suffer anxieties and challenges that stop them from integrating well, causing these students to misjudge the social context and experience significant day to day stress.

Standard school management procedures do not always work, nor resolve the cause of underlying behaviours. Problems can become exacerbated resulting in confusion, a sense of isolation and despair.

The Cheshire School provides a minimum 18 month intervention program (longer if required) to support children from prep through to grade four, who have demonstrated significant social, emotional and behavioural problems in their mainstream schools. In a supportive and caring environment, Cheshire helps students and families to identify the fundamental causes of a child’s issues and to overcome the disruptive behaviours that may have become part of everyday life.

Classes are limited to a maximum of eight students with a total maximum enrolment for the school of 22. Our Cheshire staff are highly skilled professionals with extensive training in both the specialist environment and mainstream schools.

The Cheshire Program develops self-esteem, resilience and coping strategies and by facilitating a change in behaviours allows students to successfully re-integrate into the mainstream school system, equipped with strategies to cope with the challenges ahead.

The Cheshire school is a registered Specialist School with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.

All enquiries are welcome and should be directed to the Cheshire School Principal and Supervising Psychologist, Dr Kylie Jackson on 8562 5168.

The Cheshire School relies on community donations and philanthropy funding to undertake our work. For further information please visit our make a donation page.

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