Providing early help to our children and families at Mundy C of E Junior School means we are more effective in promoting support as soon as we can. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to teenage years.
Here at Mundy Junior School, we understand just how complicated family life can be. From time to time there may be situations where you need extra help and support. If things aren’t right at home, please come and talk to us. We have what we call an Offer of Early Help. There are many ways in which we can help and every member of staff at Mundy C of E Junior School is responsible to provide Early Help to our children and parents. It can take a number of forms; a chat at playtime or in the morning as a child comes in, for parents and carers it could be at pick up or drop off time, parents evening, information evenings or a phone-call to discuss a worry or problem. We also provide a termly consultation where you can discuss your child’s progress in more depth, but we always say please don’t wait if you feel you need to talk to us. At Mundy C of E Junior School there are Safeguarding Leads (Mr Gibbs, Mrs George and Mrs Devonport) and our SENCO (Mrs White) who take a particular role in providing more specialist support, the following is a number of ways we provide Early Help for our families:
- We offer an open door policy where you can contact us to discuss any particular worries or concerns no matter how big or small they may seem.
- Children are encouraged to be ‘open’ at school where they can discuss matters with a trusted member of staff.
- Nurture Clubs (MAG WAG AND TAG)
- Lunchtime clubs
- Breakfast Club
- We provide an Early Help Assessment (EHA) – this involves listening to you to find out what help you need and talking about what is working well in your life. Based on what you say and what help you would like, a plan is formulated so that professionals can work together to make sure you get the right sort of help. Mrs George, Mrs Devonport, Mr Gibbs or Mrs White meet with parents/carers to carry out an EHA.
- We hold family support meetings – some parents/carers don’t feel comfortable having a Family Outreach Worker so we offer family support meetings through school. Mr Gibbs, Mrs George, Mrs Devonport or Mrs White lead the meetings, inviting the relevant agencies so that we can all work together to give you and your family the support you need.
- We will refer to outside agencies such as: Early Help Team, parenting courses, our School Health Advisors, youth workers, Family Centres, Play Therapists, CAHMS (children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) there are also some links below that you can access for support ie: social prescribing services and care co-ordinators services.
- Support to complete forms and other paperwork such as: admissions to senior school, Disability Living Allowance and benefits.