ELSA Support at St Nicolas' School
At St Nics', the emotional and social well-being of our children goes 'hand in hand' with their academic success. 'Happy children make effective learners' and for the majority of the time that is our children! But life presents challenges to us all along the way and with this in mind, we employ ELSA trained staff to work with individuals when they need a little extra support.
Who are the ELSA's?
Mrs Woods and Miss Kensit are both qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistants. They have been trained by Educational Psychologists in how to plan and deliver a fun programme of ELSA sessions, which support children in how to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them.
In ELSA sessions we provide additional support for children who may be struggling with:
recognising their own or others emotions
Friendship skills or groups (often done as a group ELSA sessions)
Loss and Bereavement
Changes in their life (eg: moving house or a new baby in the family)
anything that is having a detrimental impact and effecting a child's ability to learn and/or function.
Supporting - not fixing!
An ELSA's aim is NOT to fix children's problems.
What we can do is strive to create a reflective space where the children feel emotionally supported and know they can share their thoughts and feelings, when they feel ready.
What are ELSA sessions and what do they include?
ELSA sessions provide children with a regular time and space to talk about their personal circumstances. This is usually done on a 1:1 basis with an ELSA, however sometimes small group sessions are more appropriate, especially when supporting social or friendship skills. Sessions may involve activities such as: playing games, doing arts and crafts, creating puppets for role-play or cooking which enables children to have fun whilst developing their emotional and social skills. These sessions may also include developing and practicing personal self help strategies in order to help manage their emotions.
Do get in touch wih your child's class teacher or Miss Kensit if you feel your child would benefit from this support.