The role of an ELSA is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant carried out by an experienced TA who has received specialist training from the educational psychologists and will continue to be supported by them half termly.
It will help build positive relationships with the children and support them with their emotional development. It will help children to begin to understand their emotions and those of others around them by learning specific skills and strategies to help them cope in difficult situations.
The ELSA will regularly liaise with class teachers and monitor the child's progression. A program will usually run for six weeks in a safe designated space offering consistency with day, time and adult unless unforeseen circumstances arise in which case the child will be informed and the session will be rearranged. The program will be specific to the individual child's needs and planned accordingly.
ELSA work is time to build positive relationships and help children think about and reduce behaviours. This role will be carried out by Mrs Parker.
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