We are very proud at Lawn to have a Nurture Team who are Helen Stinson (Nurture Specialist) and Sabi Sanghera (Lead Family Support Worker) and Tanya Sanders (Behaviour Support). The team work closely together to provide nuture support for both pupils and parents. We also liaise closely with the Deputy Head and SENDCo. The aim is to remove barriers to learning enabling pupils to be happy and have a sense of emotional and social wellbeing building on good self esteem.
(L-R) Helen Stinson, Sabi Sanghera, Tanya Sanders
We provide bespoke support for pupils aiding individual needs, one to one or in small groups. We support in the following areas:
- personal, social and emotional development;
- social skills, sharing, taking turns, difficulties in coping strategies;
- resilience skills, building on self esteem;
- overcoming anxiety, withdrawal and shyness, to boost confidence;
- Circle of friends/friendship skills, keeping and making friends;
- positive playground support;
- in-class support for disruption towards others, outbursts of anger and temper and Restorative Justice;
- art therapy – tool for talking;
- Tranquillity – mindfulness;
- Young Carers, support and in house activities, links with Swindon Carers;
- nurture response to worrybox slips from pupils;
- bereavement support – including family illness, break ups, poor relationships with adults;
- parenting skills – nuture groups;
- Early Help Record plan – signposting to outside agencies;
- parent/family support;
- courses for parents/coffee mornings/activities.
Rainbow Group is a programme delivered to groups of 6 pupils from KS1. The aim and focus is on the emotional and social development. The objectives of the groups will be working on concentration and attention, self-control, gratification and decision making, peer group relationships and encouragement for kind and positive behaviour and social skills.
How will nurture help my child?
- To help support and have an awareness of themselves and others.
- Give coping strategies to support them to become an independent person.
- Enable them to have a voice to be heard and understood.
- To have some TLC/quiet time.
What do we do in nurture sessions?
The approach is :
- therapeutic play to develop various skills;
- therapeutic arts and crafts;
- group discussions;
- mediation stories with morals and values;
- empowering children in an inspiring way to achieve.
The Nurture Team have years of experience and are trained in delivering nurture programmes, supporting families, providing information and signposting to different agencies.
If you would like further information, have any questions, need any advice or simply want to chat, feel free to contact us on:
Young Carers at Lawn
Guided by Swindon Young Carers Centre
At Lawn Primary School we believe that all children and young people have the right to an education, regardless of their home circumstances. We acknowledge that there are likely to be Young Carers among our pupils, and that being a young carer can have an adverse effect on a young person’s education. We have adopted our Young Carers policy so that we will be able to relieve some of the worries which Young Carers may have about home and their school work, and show that we believe Young Carers’ education is important.
Who are Young Carers?
Young Carers are children and young people whose lives are affected by looking after someone at home. They are carrying out tasks and responsibilities which are additional to those appropriate for their age. The person they look after may have one or more of the following:
- Physical disability
- Mental health issues
- Learning difficulties
- Alcohol or drug misuse
- Long-term illness
The person they care for may be a parent, sibling, or grandparent and the care they give may be physical and/or emotional.
Young Carers can feel tired, worried and isolated. Their social life is often restricted with few opportunities for fun and after school activities.
We care,but do you know why?
Take two minutes of your life to read this..
Do you know that all around you there are people,Young Carers, who care for their families day in day out. We care for our families for a reason and that is because someone in our family has a condition or disability that prevents them from doing daily chores that a normal person can do. So a young carer is a person who cares for a member of their family who can't care for themselves. Please note that young carers can be from the range of 5-18 but even when they reach 18 they are still carers if their family needs them to be.
Put yourself in our shoes, would you be able to...
- Be responsible for a family member's medication?
- Be responsible for their personal care, getting dressed, cooking meals, and washing
- Be responsible for First Aid care, bandaging, putting them in a wheelchair, ringing emergency services, being able to give emergency care such as injecting if needed
- Be able to keep them calm and entertained
(Written by a Swindon Young Carer, provided by Swindon Carers Centre,Swindon Advice and Support Centre, Sanford Street, Swindon.
At Lawn Primary School we try to ensure that our Young Carer policy is implemented in conjunction with the following points:
- The school will provide support Young Carers by providing a named member of staff with lead responsibility.
- We will include issues around disability, mental ill health and Young Carers in PSHE and Citizenship lessons.
- We will try to avoid stigmatisation or labelling of pupils who are carers and provide guidance on preventing bullying.
- We will ensure parents can access school for open evenings, etc and if this is not possible, consider how links can be made with home.
- We will have an agreed confidentiality policy, which includes statements on child protection.
- We will include thinking about sensitivities and differences around cultural needs, including refugees.
- We will consider how information on pupils’ pastoral needs can be effectively passed between primary and secondary school or across other phases.
- We will provide specific staff training.
- We will include mechanisms for effective inter-agency work to support Young Carers (including child protection procedures if required).
- We will include mechanisms to consult with Young Carers and their parents about content of policies and delivery of support.
- We will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the policy and support (in addition to meeting OFSTED requirements).
Lawn would like to thank Swindon Young Carers Centre for their support and guidance in implementing our policy and improving our practice.
To view their website click on the following link www.swindoncarers.org.uk or to view the school's Young Carers Policy click here