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We hope you find the following websites useful....full of valuable information and activities to enjoy with your children over the half term holiday!


Child Safety Week

Street Wise


Cycle Smart

Road Safety Handout


Our names are Helen Henstridge and Anna Dyson and we are the "Safeguarding and Wellbeing Officers" here at Twin Sails Infant School and Nursery.


We offer support to all our school family regarding emotional, behavioural and parenting issues, and work extensively with outside agencies and our neighbouring schools.


We are available  on the school gate every morning for a quick chat, or you can make an appointment with us if you think it might take a little longer! If we can't help you, we will definitely be able to point you in the direction of someone who can!


You can contact us via the school office, or email us directly.





Emotional Literacy Support


An ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) is a member of staff who is trained to support children in the development of their emotional Literacy.


What is emotional Literacy?

  • Understanding and coping with the feelings about ourselves and others
  • Developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others
  • Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning


Some of the area the ELSA may work on:

  • Recognising  emotions
  • Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Friendship skills
  • Anger Management
  • Loss and bereavement


How does the ELSA work?

  • A regular slot during the school week for 30-45 minutes
  • Sessions can be individual or in small groups and tailored to the child’s needs
  • Sessions are fun and might include role-play, puppets, board games, art and craft and stories
  • They include time to talk
  • A pupil’s progress will be reviewed on a half-termly basis


The ELSA’s in our school are:  Mrs Boyce, Mrs Henstridge, Miss Dyson and Mrs Clarke.

Little Pirates


Our Little Pirates club is for children in years R, 1 and 2 who have a member of their family serving in the Armed Forces. The club is run on a Friday lunchtime in the "Woodland" room. The children have the freedom to choose from several activities including craft activities, games, puppet shows, construction blocks and a small world pirate ship and play world.

The club is not compulsory, and the children may dip in and out as they choose. It has proved very popular with staff too, and Mr Hewitt and Mr Amabile are regular visitors!




Pets As Therapy


We are delighted to have two additional members of staff, Sonny and Oakley!

Our Pets as Therapy Golden Retrievers.  They are in school 3 afternoons a week.


Both dogs have undertaken an extensive assessment by Pets as Therapy which has shown their temperament to be ideal for the role!  They are owned by Mrs Clarke

one of our Teaching Assistants, who will handle the dogs and run the sessions.


The sessions can be with small groups of children or on a 1:1 basis, depending on the need of the child.  The sessions allow the children to spend time with Sonny or Oakley, away from the classroom in a quiet, calming atmosphere.  Activities range

from Reading Support, sharing stories, caring and social skills.


Children can also choose to spend their Golden Time with Mrs Clarke and Sonny on a Friday afternoon.


For further information regarding the scheme please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs Clarke or Mrs Henstridge at school.  Also, if you would like more information about the Pets as Therapy organisation they have a website,



Pets As Therapy Website Video.mp4

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Safe Recruitment


The school follows stringent safe recruitment procedures.

It is important that parents are confident that their children are safe and secure in school.

People who work in our school, either employed or voluntary must undergo a full police and background check - DBS (disclosure barring service) to ensure that it is safe for them to work alongside children.


If you ever have potential concerns about the safety of any child or witness behaviours that might cause you concern feel free to contact the wellbeing team or Mr Hewitt for advice or guidance.

  • Twin Sails Infant School and Nursery,
  • Blandford Road, Hamworthy,
  • Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AX
  • Telephone: 01202 672 377
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