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Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)   Information at HJSkeep looking up...there may be a rainbow waiting for you | Quotes for kids,  Rainbow quote, Inspirational quotes

An ELSA is a member of staff who is trained to support children in the development of their emotional literacy.  ELSA time gives children an extra layer of nurturing support in school with a trusted adult. The ELSA at Hiltingbury Junior School is Mrs Lyn Clarke

What is emotional literacy?

😊  Recognising and understanding our own feelings and those of others

😊  Developing high self esteem and positive interactions with others

😊  Being emotionally literate helps children to better focus on their learning

Some of the areas the ELSA may work on:

😊  Recognising emotions

😊  Self esteem

😊  Social skills

😊  Friendship skills

😊  Developing strategies to cope with strong feelings - Anger management and anxiety

😊  Loss and bereavement

😊  Family change 


How does the ELSA work?

😊  A regular slot during the school week for 20 - 30 minutes

😊  Sessions can be individual or in small groups and tailored to the child’s individual needs

😊  Sessions are fun and may include art therapy, role play, puppets, board games and stories

😊   A pupil’s progress will be reviewed with their class teacher


As a parent/carer, how can you help?Best Growth Mindset Quotes For Changing Life

😊  By informing the class teacher if there are any issues that may be affecting your child

😊  Please feel welcome to contact your child’s teacher or the ELSA if you have any questions