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As from September 2020, Mrs Claire Nicholls is our new SENCO. 

You can contact her by ringing the school office on 01474 566 411.

Alternatively, contact her by post via the school office or by email using senco@westcourt.kent.sch.uk  Full details can be found on our Contact page - click here.

Worry Box and Happy Box

If you would like to use the worry box or the happy box, here is how they work.

Email me, or ask your parent to help you and tell me about a worry, ask a question about school, or tell me about some happy things that have happened in your time away from the school buildings.

If I think other children would also like to know the answer, I will add it to the website, but I will not use anyone's names, or add details which would identify you.

Ask away - senco@westcourt.kent.sch.uk

If you have any questions or need to talk to me, you can contact me using the following email address:  senco@westcourt.kent.sch.uk

You can find up to date information about how children are able to be supported through the community paediatric team, by clicking on the link below.

Important update for parents from the Educational Psychology Team

Early Language Development

 

So much research has shown that a child's ability to communicate orally, has a huge impact on their continuing academic progress, as well as their satisfaction with relationships and wellbeing. At Westcourt, we are committed to ensuring that we identify difficulties children may have in acquiring good oral language skills as early as we can, and  that we then take steps to intervene and support the child in making progress in this area.

 

Below are some websites, that offer guidance as to activities that you can do at home. If you have younger children, who are not yet enrolled with us, these activities will be hugely beneficial in building the foundations, which we can build on when they start at Westcourt. Additionally, you can use the guidance for your EYFS children and they will enjoy the time spent doing this.

 

At school we carry out routine Speech and Language assessments and the results of these show us which children we need to support using in-school measures. One of these measures is a tool called Wellcomm, which is used in the nursery and will be used in Reception. The second is a new tool called Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI), which staff are currently being trained in, so we can implement this through the Spring term. 

 

If you use the resources below and feel that you have ongoing concerns over your child's progress in this area, please use the contact form/email to get in touch. It is hugely beneficial for us to hear of your experiences with your child, as you know them best.  

NHS - Here for you leaflet.

The NHS have just released the document below in support for mental health of young children.  Please take time to look at it and if you feel it would benefit your family, then follow the links on the document.  Please remember, we are always here for you.

As the lockdown continues, many children will have lots of questions and it can be hard to explain what is happening in the world. Especially as we, as adults, are finding it difficult to comprehend ourselves.

 

This weblink: https://nosycrow.com/blog/actor-hugh-bonneville-to-voice-audio-for-nosy-crows-coronavirus-book-for-children/

will take you to a book that tells a story to help explain what is currently going on in the word.

Our awesome children with autism may be finding this challenging times particularly difficult. Just remind them, and yourselves, that you are all doing a great job. Things are hard right now but everyone is working to to get into a new ‘normal’ routine.

If you are finding it difficult to discuss the current situation then this website might help:

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the- coronavirus/

Please remember, no-one knows your child better than you do.  You will know how much they should be told.  The clearest message to give them is that they need to stay safe by following your instructions.

Being indoors can be a real challenging time for families, especially when some children really do need to burn that energy outdoors.

We highly recommend completing the daily PE by Joe Wicks.  This can be found on his YouTube channel.  

 

Children with more than average energy will also have a ‘peak burst’ just after lunch time.  Why not get them to do 30 minutes of Just Dance videos that can also be found on YouTube.

 

Community Paediatrics have suspended all face to face meetings, however they are available by phone if you need to talk to them regarding your child’s medication.

 

If you need any support please to email me:  senco@westcourt.kent.sch.uk

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