Heatherlands Primary School

Enjoying Learning Together

Pastoral Care, including Trickbox

Trick Box


As part of our school well-being approach, we are using Trick Box, which is a fun and effective personal development programme to help children: -
-    build confidence
-    manage emotions and anxiety
-    develop communication skills
-    make positive choice about actions
-    coach themselves through challenges.


Children across the school will be introduced to 24 ‘tricks’ and a simple self-coaching model called Letter Box, designed to give them positive habits for life. The tricks will help the children to build their confidence and communication skills, manage emotions and find solutions to challenges.They will be practising the tricks at school.

Parent Feedback from Stress Workshop


Feedback from workshop held autumn term 2019: -


"This course helped to remind me of the mindful ways I can take care of myself and how to adopt it for my children."


"This course has been very helpful to take time out for myself, to refocus on my own stresses and my children's, to find ways in a non-judgemental and confidential environment to change negative ways into more positive ones."


"I would highly recommend this course to any Mum and Dad. This will give you a 'step back' from situations that you have to deal with on a day to day basis. The workshop has given me 'strategies' to be able to cope with scenarios and be my own coach."


"A fun course full of small tricks that you can easily fit into life that really work. We are so lucky to have this on offer at our children's school. A proper course with a holistic approach. I really feel the benefit for myself and my family. The teachers were lovely. A lovely opportunity to take time for myself."


"Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Thank you."

Calm the Chaos Resouces

Play Therapy

At Heatherlands, we have a play therapist supporting some of the children in school from January 2022.



What is Play Therapy?

Play is the language of children and the way they make sense of the world. Play therapy is an opportunity for your child to communicate through play at their own level and pace, without having to answer questions or verbally explain what is troubling them. In a calm and safe play room, they meet one-to-one with a therapist and choose from a selection of toys, games, art and craft materials. The play therapist is led by the child, watching and listening to the stories they tell, joining in the play and gently supporting, without judgement the expression of feelings.


At Heatherlands, your child is initially offered 10 sessions with Esther, a fully qualified counsellor and trainee play therapist with 11 years experience working with children. Changes and progress are reviewed mid-point with parents/carers and teachers and additional sessions offered, if agreed this would be in the best interest of your child.


How can Play Therapy help my child?

Play therapy helps children understand muddled feelings and upsetting    experiences that they haven’t yet processed and may have difficulty putting into words. It’s empowering for the child, helping them make sense of their past and present in order to cope better with the future. The benefits of play therapy can be general, eg. reduced anxiety and stronger self-esteem, or more specific, such as focussed concentration at school and improved relationships with family and friends.


The Therapeutic Relationship and Confidentiality

Central to Play Therapy is the trusting, non-judgemental relationship between child and therapist. The child is accepted unconditionally and feels safe and understood. Specific details of what they say and do are not disclosed unless there is a safeguarding concern. This confidentiality agreement is essential, to build and maintain the child’s trust and feelings of safety with the therapist.


Visit for child-friendly ways to chat about play therapy and answer questions your child may have.

Transition Support

Information for Parents