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Emotional Literacy Support Assistance (ELSA)

Welcome from Mrs Jones

Click on the video link (left) for an introduction from
Mrs Jones, our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
at Rabbsfarm Primary School.

 “Our aim is to work in partnership with parents and teachers to help children overcome barriers to learning and have happy children both in school and at home.”

Melissa Jones and Toni Husbands
ELSA Team

What is an ELSA?

An ELSA is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience in working with children.  ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by a Local Authority Educational Psychologist.  An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally.  Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home.
What can ELSAs help with?

  • Loss and bereavement
  • Self-esteem
  • Social skills
  • Emotions
  • Friendship issues
  • Relationships
  • Anger management
  • Behaviour
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Conflict Relaxation techniques

Use this link to go direct;y to the ELSA website  https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/

 

What is REST?

REST is Rabbsfarm’s Emotional Support Team; warm and caring people who want to help your child feel happy in school and help them reach their potential educationally.  The team will assist in removing the barriers to learning so the child can feel confident and empowered both in school and at home.

All children that have ended ELSA sessions will be offered a REST key person to check-in with as the child develops independence in using the skills they have been working on.

The programme fully complies with Rabbsfarm’s Safeguarding Policy.

“We have trained our support staff in the main areas of emotional support,
in keeping with the most up to date research.

 They have our full support and are able to access support
whenever, they need any guidance.”

Why do we have REST?

Rabbsfarm has key staff who:

  • Nurture good relationships
  • Model positive behaviour
  • Create a calm, positive, orderly atmosphere
  • Are supportive and encouraging
  • Are child-centred
  • Are inclusive
  • Are mindful of their own wellbeing and each other’s.

ELSA Challenge Sheets

Challenge your child daily by using the sheets below:

ELSA Check In

Use the Check In sheet and Five Point Scale to assess your child's feelings:

ELSA Social Stories

Use the Social Stories below to help you discuss concerns with your child:

Click on the book to the left for a free book download of  How to not go to school – a story written for children by a primary school teacher.

 

 

 

Dealing with Emotions

Please use the related resources and websites  to help you to deal with your child's emotions:

Coping

Click on the ELSA Support logo for an A-Z of calming/coping information.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo for a tab booklet about feelings.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo for a mood tracker mandala.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo for an emotional register for under 5's.

 

Loss

Click on the ELSA Support logo for a bereavement support link including access to many free resources.

 

Click on the Halo logo for a link to the Halo Children Bereavement Charity, based in Hillingdon.

 

Click on the Winston's Wish logo to take you directly to their site, which provides therapeutic support to bereaved children and young people.

 

Click on the Child Bereavement UK llogo for help for children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. 

 

 

Click on the Cruse Bereavement logo for support, advice and information for children, young people and adults when someone dies.

Memories and Friendship

Click on the ELSA Support logo for a link to a friends little book for children to download and write in details and draw pictures of their friends.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo for a link to a happy visualisation book for children to download and write in details and draw pictures of their happy places.

Relaxation

Click on the ELSA Support logo for a link to 20 relaxation cards that you can download.

 

Click on the Childhood 101 logo to download their calm down and brain break cards.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo for a relax and calm booklet.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo for an A-Z listing sheet of things that make me happy.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo for a poster on breathing techniques.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo for a doodle a day worksheet.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo for a 20 faces worksheet.

 

Click on the Stress Busters link (from save the children) to download their stress busters programme.

 

Please see the video below on how to make a Calming Bottle:

Video - How to Make a Calming Bottle.mp4

Worries

Click on the ELSA Support logo for a 'when I am worried' poster and worksheets.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo for a link to show you how to design a worry monster.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo to download a worry tree.

 

Printables

Click on the ELSA Support logo to download hearts mindful colouring sheets.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo to download a mandala wishes colouring sheet.

 

Click on the ELSA Support logo to download a rainbow art colouring sheet.

 

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