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Family Support

My name is Shariska Phillip, I am the Family support worker at Winterbourne Nursery and Infants School.

Shariska Phillip FD

Email: familysupportworker@winterbourne-inf.croydon.sch.uk




I have an Early Years Foundation Degree and 16 years’ experience working with children and parents. I believe working in partnership with parents is very important, it helps to bridge the gap between home life and school life which allows our children to achieve their full potential.

Being the family support worker at Winterbourne Nursery and Infant School comes with a variety of roles. One of these roles are to work with children and their families whose attendance falls below 95%. In any case that your child’s attendance at school falls below this level I will be contacted by the local authority attendance officer who would ask me to work with your family to improve your child’s attendance. It is important that your child attends school every day and on time, for learning is paramount and key to success, we aim to instil a love of learning from a young age so that they are able to flourish later in life.

At times in life we are faced with unexpected difficulties whether it is Marital, grief, depression, housing issues or illness, part of my role is to work with you in any way I can to help you and your child/ren overcome these barriers by setting an action plan together and working on it for success.

Another part of my role is to ensure that your child’s overall wellbeing is being looked after and that they have the tools at hand to cope with difficult situations, one of the tools and service that I provide is Drawing and Talking therapy.

Drawing and Talking Therapy

Is a space to help your child to address any underlying emotional difficulties that may be affecting their learning and/or their behaviour. This type of therapy will encourage your child to draw with the counsellor where they feel comfortable and safe. The counsellor will ask some non-intrusive questions about the child’s drawings. Over time, a symbolic resolution is found to old conflicts, old trauma is healed and your child becomes more able to control their behaviour and better able to access the curriculum. These sessions will happen every week (Term time only), at the same time, lasting 30 mins and a maximum of 12 sessions will be offered.

This therapy can be used to assist children with a number of issues including:

Death of a family member or friend, Childhood trauma such as physical, mental, or sexual abuse, Learning disabilities, Emotional issues like fear of abandonment or phobias, transition from another country, serious illness of a family member, help them improve behaviour, help them feel comfortable with who they are.

My door is open if you just need someone to talk to if you are going through a difficult time, I will do my best to help in any way I can that will give you the best possible outcome.

Shariska Phillip FD

Email: familysupportworker@winterbourne-inf.croydon.sch.uk