NEST, Early Help and Woodmancote School

Early Help is about children, young people and families getting the right help at the right time, before issues get worse.

The purpose of “Early Help” is to prevent issues and problems becoming serious and harmful to the child, young person, family and community. When children and families need this extra support, they often need it quickly. Provision of early help support can be at all stages of a child’s life; pre-birth, during pregnancy, childhood or adolescence.

Here at Woodmancote School, we recognise the importance of Early Help and as a result, we have a dedicated NEST (Nurturing & Emotional Support Team) consisting of a range of staff members with many years of educational experience between them, each offering different expertise to provide help, support and guidance within school and out. 

The team consists of

  • Mr Gary Tucker – Head Teacher & Pupil Premium Co-ordinator

  • Mrs Leanne McNamee – Lead NEST Practitioner and Play Therapist

  • Mr Richard Hoyle – SENCO

  • Mrs Kirstie Workman – Designated Teacher for CIC & Staff School Council Rep
  • Mrs Karen Holder – Family Support Worker
  • Mrs Emma Lee – Medical Liaison

As a team, we meet regularly to discuss any NEST referrals made to us, regarding children or families, with any concerns which could be affecting the mental health and well-being of a child/children or family members.

Support for pupils includes:

  • Providing a school culture where pupils are listened to, time to talk is valued and pupils are encouraged to speak of worries and concerns they may be experiencing.
  • Promoting self-esteem, self-confidence and respect.
  • Promoting positive coping strategies and resilience to face challenges presented to them.
  • Promoting positive behaviour and positive attitudes towards learning and each other.
  • NEST team supporting staff in developing class based strategies and ideas for tackling problems/concerns.
  • Offering 1-1 or group intervention support through bespoke and planned packages.
  • Team Around the Child (TAC) meetings – A multi-agency approach to creating a shared and agreed action plan with the aims of addressing any child issues or concerns.

Support for families includes:

  • Offering time to come in and chat and share concerns or worries that may be being experienced.
  • Providing information and signposting to other local services.
  • Liaising with external services to gain access and advice on key issues.
  • Advice and support for promoting positive behaviour and mental health at home.
  • Offering help in completing forms e.g. foodbank vouchers, attendance, online school forms for free milk/free school meals etc.
  • A venue for social groups to come together, talk and support each other.
  • Team Around the Family (TAF) meetings – A multi-agency approach to creating a shared and agreed action plan with the aims of addressing any family issues or concerns.
If you have any mental health and well-being concerns regarding your child/children or family please do not hesitate to contact us. This can be done by:
  • Speaking to the class teacher.
  • Asking for a NEST referral to be made on your behalf via the class teacher.
  • Contacting a member of the NEST team directly via email or telephone.

We value that promoting positive mental health and well-being in our children, families and staff is of paramount importance if wanting those within our care to have healthy, successful and happy days within our school environment. Promoting positive mental health strategies through curriculum and learning is paramount but also knowing that support is available through our NEST team is crucial for those needing to access Early Help, hopefully from preventing problems from growing bigger.