Harrogate House was built in 2004 after a tremendous fundraising campaign supported by the town in North Yorkshire.
It is a purpose built toddler home that cares for around 12 pre school children that cannot return home. This may be because the children have no extended family to return home to, or they have been home and the return was unsuccessful. When either of these scenarios occur, the child is brought back to Open Arms and in to Harrogate House.
Once back in Harrogate House, a child will stay usually until they are about 5 years old. Harrogate House has its own house parents and staff and, although is situated next door to the Blantyre infant home, is run almost entirely separately. Whilst here the children start their early education with our qualified nursery teacher, and develop socially as they grow up.
There is a lot of learning through play for these children and being in a dedicated toddler home allows them to do this in a safe environment with the time and support they need before they move to be with families of their own.