Our Philosophy

Priority Childcare specialises in working with young people accommodated by the local authority whose complex needs and challenging behaviour require a supporting residential environment in order to achieve positive outcomes.

Young people can feel safe and secure assisted by experienced staff and in an environment that helps them come to terms with their emotional psychological and physical needs.

Established in 2010 by Len Drane (with over 25 years residential care experience as a registered manager) and Paul O’Donnell (with over 35 years Child social care experience) Priority Childcare offers high quality residential care in six homes in the South Wales area.

Four of the homes provide education in separate buildings on site and are registered as independent schools with Estyn.

We are an accredited provider with Agored Cymru and have a training centre delivering vocational qualifications.

Children in care, particularly the children who will need the specialist residential care that Priority Childcare can provide, are likely to have experienced developmental trauma. They will have felt abandoned, abused, scared and unloved at critical points in their lives. Not only will that impact upon their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development, it is likely that they will have lost their ability to trust in adults and lost trust in their own ability to deal with the challenges life brings. However, it is through trusting relationships that children feel safe, secure and cared for that they can begin to overcome these difficulties.

Children can learn to value themselves and others and learn how to manage difficult emotions such as shame and rage and develop improved problem solving skills. This can provide the cognitive foundation and confidence to succeed more fully in learning and work.

Providing the right environment for this healing to take place is the primary objective of the Psychological Support Team at Priority Childcare.