Family Support at
Marnel Junior School
My name is Vanessa and I am the family support worker at Marnel Junior School. I have been in this role since 2015. I look forward to meeting those of you I've not yet worked with.
I understand that school and family life are not always completely separate. I am here as a link between home and school. If you ever have something on your mind and are looking for some advice, help or just a listening ear then do not hesitate to contact me.
Family includes everyone so all pupils at the school are also welcome to come and see me; even if just for a chat.
Vanessa is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 8:15am -4:15pm.
How can you contact me?
· If I am available you can come into the school and have a quick chat.
· We can talk over the phone (call reception)
· I may be introduced in meetings or when you are talking to a teacher.
· You can contact me via the school office to make an appointment to see me.
What services are offered?
· Signposting and local research
· General advice and guidance
· Assisting with financial difficulties and worries
· Helping with child development concerns
· Getting the right support for positive parenting and managing your child’s behaviour
· Help with form filling and writing letters
· Arranging and accompanying you to meetings
· Making referrals and assistance with accessing other services
· Offering your child support and someone to talk to
When else might our paths cross?
I work closely with the whole school so we may see each other at:
· Review meeting’s (incl. EHCP& play therapy)
· Before and after school; on the playground and around the building
· Parents' evening
·I may get in touch to discuss other school matters
Who can access the Family Support service?
All children who attend Marnel Junior School.
Any parent/carer with a child at the school.
Wellbeing Week 2019
Marnel Junior School ran its first Wellbeing Week this year from the 25th - 29th March.
Julie Shepherd from TESCO came in and did some work with the children around healthy eating. Understanding where our food comes though and how to make healthy eating fun and exciting. The focus was on fruit and the children had the opportunity to try new fruits and learn about where they come from. She also looked at the different forms fruit comes in; fresh, frozen and tinned.
We had a day full of interactive workshops for parents to help give information on Thrive, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Internet Safety, Helping Your Child's Learning and Development, Personal Hygiene and Hormonal Changes. These were extremely well received and the interactions and advice sharing between parents and professionals was really valuable.
A Family Information Afternoon was held after school, inviting parents to come in a meet with local organisations available to help with a variety of needs. These include housing and financial support, the Family Support Service, Barnardo's, School Health, Supporting Families and much more. We hope to run another event like this soon and would value your feedback on the sort of Organisations you would like to see there.
There is no doubt that this will be the first of many Wellbeing Weeks we hold at the school and we hope to see you there next year!
In August 2018 our Family Support Worker, Vanessa Dore took part in training to become a RELAX Kids coach. This has enabled us to run RELAX Kids course continually throughout the school year. These have been done in groups, 1-2-1's and with parents.
RELAX Kids uses research-based mindful and relaxation techniques alongside values and positive psychology (positivity, strength building, gratitude, resilience and compassion) to help support children's emotional health and wellbeing. It is great for confidence building, concentration, self-esteem and emotional regulation and resilience.
Your teacher or Vanessa may get in contact with you and suggest that a 6 week programme may be beneficial to your child. But like wise of you feel your child would benefit from some group or individual work or you would like some tips or technique to try at home please get in touch.
Check out the RELAX Kids website for more information, tools and products:
This year Marnel Junior School have had continued support for the Basingstoke School Nursing Team. Michelle Rebbeck is a Community Nursery Nurse and has been in school every half a term running parent drop-in's as well as carrying out individual work with children and their families when needed. Michelle has also been present to talk to parents and coffee mornings, information afternoons and has run workshops during our wellbeing week.
School Health can support you and your family with a variety of things including; fussy eating, healthy diets, personal hygiene, puberty and hormonal changes, toileting, sleep and mental health. Our drop-in's tend to run on the last Thursday of the month, with our next one being Thursday 11th July, 9.00-11.00. 30minute appointments can be booked in advance through the office or you can turn up on the day and wait for an available slot.
The drop-in's are very popular so we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
ARCH stands for Advice, Refreshments, Community Help and is a school support group that has been running for the past year.
The groups are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 9.00-11.00am. There is generally a loose theme to each group and we have had professionals in these areas come into school to offer specialist advice. Some of the topics covered have included; internet safety, housing, finances, mental health and transition.
We would love to see more parents and carers at these sessions and are excited to let you know that from September we will be joining forces with Beth McKelt in our Hub... Watch this space for more information.
Our Family Support Worker, Vanessa, currently runs a fortnightly Young Carers Group on a Thursday lunch time. The group is open to all ages and is for children who are carrying out a caring role at home and or have a sibling or someone in their immediate family with additional needs. They take part in a variety of activities including craft, cooking, mindfulness, games and relaxation. The children love to be around each other and have the chance to talk to a member of staff if needed. The children do not have to talk about being a Young Carer or share this with the rest of the group. The whole purpose of coming to Young Carers is to have fun, relax and feel supported. If you think your child is a Young Carer and would like them to attend the group, then please let Vanessa or their class teacher know. If your child is currently attending the Young Carers Group in school and you would like to discuss more support, please get in touch with Vanessa by contacting the school office. For more information on Young Carers please have a look at the following websites or come in for a chat!