At our school, we have two ELSAs supporting the children. These members of staff are Emotional Literacy Support Assistance who help the children to make sense of their emotions. Have a look at our ELSA page to find out more.
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."
Our Play Therapist
'My name is Claire Boulter and I am a trainee play therapist at Heatherlands Primary School. Play therapy uses a variety of play and creative arts techniques to help children with behavioural and emotional difficulties to recognise and regulate themselves. Referrals can be made through the child’s class teacher. If the referral meets the criteria, I will then arrange play therapy sessions weekly with the child where they have access to a variety of items in the play therapy tool-kit including paints and toys. Parents and staff at the school are kept regularly informed about the child’s progress throughout the therapy sessions.’
See, Hear, Respond Support Hub
This support hub has been created as a central place for you to find out information, resources and tools about dealing with Coronavirus.
Why not complete the online positive parenting course for free by clicking on the link below. The training has some top tips linked to COVID-19.
Talking to your Child about the Coronavirus
Children look to adults in their life for comfort when they are distressed and will take a lead on how to view things from you. Please see the 10 tips taken from the Young Minds website to support your family and you during this unsettling time.
Websites and Numbers
Here are some websites and numbers that may be helpful to you as adults during this difficult time: -
Samaritans - Call 116 123 - https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/
Steps to Wellbeing - Telephone: 0300 123 1120 - https://www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk/
Please also visit the stay safe section under the children tab on our school website, for some helpful stories and further advice to share with your child/children.