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My name is Sally-anne Ward and I’m your Family Support Advisor – FSA. I’m in school from Monday to Thursday and am able to support both you and your child/ren with a number of issues that may arise during your time at Holly Spring Infants.

I have a background in child care and have spent the last 15 years working directly with families. My previous roles have included children’s support worker in a refuge for victims of domestic abuse, support worker in a children’s centre and support worker for homeless young families. I joined the team at Holly Spring in 2013 and thoroughly enjoy my role here.

I can offer support and advice on a range of issues including but not limited to:

  • Parenting
  • Settling to / managing school life and routine
  • Behaviour management
  • Family relationships
  • Bereavement support
  • Mental health
  • Young Carers
  • SEN family support
  • Debt management
  • Claiming what you’re entitled to (including pupil premium)

If I can’t help I will do my best to signpost to someone who can!

I meet with parents / carers to discuss the family’s situation and will usually then work with the child/ren too. This work is done through games, drawing and other mediums like sand and dough. At times group work is a better approach and this works well if children are struggling with friendships or need support to boost their self-esteem for example.

Other services: I work closely with Bracknell’s Family Learning Team and organise several family learning sessions each year. You will be invited to join your child in school for these if you can. Topics include maths, phonics, Christmas craft and transition from nursery to school. If during your time at the school you would like to see another topic added please let me know and I’ll do my best to arrange it.

Appointments to see me can be made via the school office or drop me an e-mail at: fsa@hollyspringinf.uk I can also be found on the school playground most mornings.

 

 

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