My name is Mrs Watkins, and I am the Family Support Worker at Olton. I work across both the infant and junior site supporting children and their families. I believe I have the best job in the school, as my role is extremely varied, and no two days are ever the same.
A lot of my time is spent running small groups with children who need support with their social, emotional, and mental health. At Olton we are always adapting those groups to meet the individual needs of the children. Together we look at managing anger, consider strategies to cope with anxiety or bereavement support for grieving children.
Below is a link to a useful video from Solihull School Nursing Team aimed at Primary school aged children regarding emotional health and well-being.
Mental Health Awareness Week - May 10-14th 2021
The national lockdown has been difficult for many of us and now that restrictions are easing there may be new challenges to consider. So for Mental Health Awareness Week, there is updated advice on Coronavirus for parents and carers - Supporting Children's Mental Health and children and young people - Wellbeing tips for Young People
The website links include self-help videos for young people with all sorts of tips on exercise, sleep, worry and how to take care on social media as well as advice and sources of support.
Losing someone is one of the hardest things to face but it isn’t something that you have to tackle alone.
Learn more about St Mary's Hospice bereavement support.
Women's Aid provide support to women and their children in the Birmingham and Solihull area.
Call their confidential helpline on 0808 800 0028
At Olton we like to give special attention to our students who are Young Carers. We run a homework club for those children who find it difficult to work at home. Every half term we come together to acknowledge the children's roles, build friendships with other Young Carers and take part in some well deserved fun activities.
Please let me know if you think your child would benefit for support from Young Carers Solihull.
I am also here for the parents and carers of Olton children. This can be anything from lending a listening ear, to making referrals to outside agencies. At Olton we like to bring our parents and carers together when we can. There is great strength to be had from a shared understanding.
Sometimes we all need a little extra support. There are many outside agencies that all too often we don't realise exist and we struggle on alone. Here are a few links:-
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St Mary’s, Hobs Moat Solihull. Address: 30 Hobs Meadow, Solihull B92 8PN What We Do Here *****UPDATE – Due to COVID-19 we are not operating our regular cafés, however we are regularly distributing food bags from various locations across the city – please check here for the most up to date information***** Pay As You Feel Café (tea, cakes & sandwiches) & Freegan Boutique
Remember you can use the translate button of any page of the school website to translate into any language from Polish, German, Chinese to Urdu.
I am a trained play therapist which means I can support children who have social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties through the medium of play.
Play is the child's natural medium for self-expression and where most children can work through their problems in play by themselves, some children need additional support. Play therapy is a holistic, integrative approach where they can work through their unconscious process using the toys from the therapy tool kit.
We have put together a selection of resources and strategies to support the wellbeing of your whole family which we hope you will find useful. These can be accessed via the link below.
There is no expectation that some or all of these will be completed. They are simply there to provide another means of support while we aren’t able to offer face to face support to all of our children and families during these challenging times.
Please remember to reach out to us if you need support. All of our staff are still contactable and Mrs Watkins and Mrs Glover who are our Family Support Team are in school each day if you need to speak to them.
I am excited to inform you that the FREE Eat Well, Move More Programme is relaunching soon!
Act quick to book a FREE place for your child. (ages 4 - 16 yrs)
Please follow the links below for more information.
Eat Well Move More is a FREE support service for children (4-16years) who are classified as overweight or obese (over 91st centile).
Eat Well Move More Self Referral. Eat Well Move More is a family healthy lifestyle service for children and their families. Eligibility: Aged 4 (must be in Reception) – 16 years
Being a Parent Course - April-June 2021
Please find attached the latest information flyer from Solihull Parenting Team regarding the virtual parenting course.
Many parents have told me that they have found the Being a Parent course extremely useful, as you leave armed with tried and tested strategies to manage challenging behaviour.
The course is split into three age groups to make sure you are spending time focusing on age-appropriate strategies that will be instantly effective for you and your family. The groups are 0-5 years, primary age children and teens.
Please feel free to chat to me if you would like more information or support to access the group.
Click on the link below for Covid-19 information:
Please see this year’s Summer Activities Booklet and our website for details of:
· Activities and events for families (in line with the latest government guidance)
· Ofsted registered holiday schemes for parents looking for childcare during this time
• Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) - this summer there will also be some free places available at specific activities and childcare providers, for families of children in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. Just look out for the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) logo and contact the providers directly to book your place.
To discover more details of this year’s summer activities please click here
(N.B. The above web link will redirect you to Solihull Council’s Local Offer website)
Plus don’t forget, Solihull Family Information Service are here to assist and support you and the families you work with, throughout the holidays and beyond.
If you require information or advice relating to childcare, activities or support services, early education funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds or free school meals, please visit www.solihull.gov.uk/familyinfo for further details or contact the Family Information Service helpline on 0800 389 8667 or email email@example.com
Solihull Family Information Service
Call: 0800 389 8667