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.
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 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.
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.