The PSA gives the school a direct link for the parents to attach to a qualified advisor in family and child health, care and development. The PSA also has community access to local help groups and providers to enhance care and security for all. They can support and monitor children in school whilst helping parents to share and solve problems that everyday life encounters.
The support mechanism they provide can come from education and health professionals, established specialist groups or from the voluntary sector. The PSA has a wide knowledge of all current benefit systems and the processes that help to complete the forms in a way to assist the family.
Currently this term we are running a weekly craft group for parents on a Tuesday morning at Lionwood Junior School from 9am to 12pm.
The Parent Support Advisor and the Pastoral Support Worker attend the Monday Monkeys pre-school group where parents can access expertise and participate in extended activities for children below school age. These sessions run in the Green Room at the Infant School between 9:00 and 11:30. From November, we are hoping to start a weekly soft play session for pre-school children. More details to follow.