Parent Support

Introducing Mrs Machin, our Family Support Worker...

Hello! My name is Tracey Machin and I am the Family Support Worker for Longford Primary Academy.

Family life isn’t always easy, problems or issues can be sensitive and it can be difficult to know what to do or who to talk to. You can feel, at times, like it is the hardest job in the world. Parenting is not easy, nor does it come with a guide!

My main aim is to offer a friendly, approachable person within school, who can offer support by working in partnership with parents, carers, children, and other relevant agencies.

I have a wealth of training that I helps me to support our parents and children as well as knowledge of local services that I might be able to signport parents to for further advice and support. 

In addition to this I also provide support for children in our school.  I am a trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) and run other nurture sessions where we have identified that children may benefit from some extra emotional support in school.  ometimes this support is on a 1:1 basis, but often this is in the form of a small group of children who meet in a safe, secure, warm and stimulating environment. Children are offered the opportunity to build 1:1 relationships with adults and other children, and participate in activities that involve creating, sharing, caring, turn taking and building each others self esteem. The aim of these sessions is to give children the confidence and resilience they need to be able to access their learning back in the classroom and to remove the barriers that prevent this.  Self-esteem, friendships and anger management groups are also run by myself on a weekly basis.

I am available to meet at a convenient location for you, such as your home, or at school. I can provide you with the information you need, so we can decide what support your family requires.  Every family is unique; there are so many reasons why you may decide to make contact. This could be for information regarding managing behaviour, school attendance, educational issues including special educational needs, health issues etc. or if just need someone to listen to you.

If you have concerns and would like to make contact with me you can do so by speaking with the school office so that I can arrange an appointment with you.

School Nursing

The School Nurser Service come into school to carry out national programmes including the national child measurement programme (heights & weights) and vaccunation programmes eg annual nasal flu spray.

In adddition to this, parents and carers are able to contact the service to speak to your child’s school nurse about your child's health, this may include an ongoing concern such as recurring illness, bed-wetting or potty traininig or because of an emotional or mental health concern.  The service offerd both face to face sessions and virtual drop in sessions.  Please click here for further information about the service and how it can support you and your child. 

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