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My name is Mrs Duerden and I am the schools Family Support Worker. 

 

My role in school is to provide support, advice and information to the families within our school community.  I can help you with any worries that you may have in relation to your child's education, behaviour and wellbeing.  I am also here as someone to talk to if you need it!

I can meet with you at school or we can talk over the telephone at a time to suit yourself.  Advice and support is confidential although concerns relating to the safeguarding of children will always be dealt with in accordance with the school's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.  I may not have all the answers, but hopefully I can help you to work out how to find them.

 

Support for pupils includes:

  • Promoting good attendance and punctuality
  • Promoting self-esteem and confidence
  • Promoting positive behaviour and positive attitudes to learning
  • Providing one-to-one emotional support

 

​Support for families includes:

  • providing information and signposting to other services in the local area
  • Liaising with a range of external services such as housing and Social Care
  • Assistance in completing paperwork and forms e.g. housing, special educational needs, school places and benefits
  • Attendance and support at school and other agency meetings
  • Advice and support in promoting positive behaviour at home
  • Guidance with career and personal development and access to training and workshops in school

 

How to get in touch:

I am normally based in school every morning from 8.30am and can be available in the afternoons by arrangement.

Please call the school office on 01332 772452 to make an appointment and I will be happy to see you as soon as I can.

I can also be contacted via email:  dduerden@stensonfields.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Responding to children's emotions during lockdown 

 

 

Daily life during the Pandemic has taken a radically different shape from what it was before and is unfolding for us all in ways that are sometimes welcome and sometimes not. Children will, on all sorts of levels have varying awareness of the impact of the change. Sometimes this will be something they are able to talk about for but for other children, words are not available and the feeling is in their body or behaviour. 

 

Worries about the Pandemic may be expressed in imaginative ways by children. Listening to them helps them feel a worry can be heard. Feelings heard helps them to feel emotionally contained. Below I have listed a few techniques you can try with your children at home but if you do require any help please contact me at school and I am always happy to help in any way I can. 

 

Mrs Duerden

Family Support Worker 

 

Thinking Time

This is a planned part of the day where children can bring the thoughts and feelings that have been on their mind so that they can be calmly listened to. Where children's experiences mean they spend most of their day worrying, the worries can get in the way of important things like schoolwork or enjoying themselves. By offering a specific time of day for worries, children are invited to “pocket” their concerns for later, resting assured that they can worry about it later if they need to.

 

Body Awareness 

This is an activity that can be run within 5 to 15 minutes depending on how long you want to give the child to think about their sensations. This can be done sitting comfortably on a chair or lying down on the floor.
For the younger children who need guidance, ask the children to close their eyes and think about the feelings in their toes, they can give them a wiggle to help bring awareness to the area. Slowly work up, guiding them which part to move or think about next.
This teaches children awareness of the sensations in their bodies, with an option at the end to consider what these sensations could mean in relation to their emotions – e.g. could those wiggly lines in my tummy be because I’m scared or worried.

 

Emotion Describing
Similar to the Body Awareness this activity involves linking body sensations to an emotion, but in reverse. Ask the children to sit in a circle and give them an emotion to consider. Ask them to think how this emotion feels in different parts of their body and share their ideas. To finish, ask them to think what sensations they have in their body and to one by one share them.
Why is this useful?
This activity helps to teach awareness of the link between our emotions and body sensations. This helps to improve children’s ability to recognise and name their emotions and improve their self-awareness.

 

Take a Breath
This activity is located within the thinking time section, but is also useful for mindful breathing. Adapt this to being a timed, led event so that the child can focus on the breaths only, rather than having to count the number of breaths; somewhere between 30 seconds – 1 minute depending on the age .
Why is this useful?
Children are challenged to focus only on their breath and ignore the sounds and other stimuli around them, aided by the “In” and “Out” of their inner voice. This slows the child down, aiding focus and teaching to avoid distractions.

Online Safety 

 

E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way

 

Parent Resources 

 

To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few pages which are fantastic resources, They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.

 

Please see the link below 

Mindful Parents Workshop

This year we introduced the mindful parent’s workshop where we covered the following topics:

 

· Routine and sibling squabbles

· Emotions and calming down techniques

· Behaviour and Discipline

· Anxiety and confidence building

· E - Safety and social media

· Eating habits

· Cooking sessions

 

The workshop was very successful with parents continuing to support each other and use strategies they had learnt in the course.

 

We will be running this again in the new academic year 

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