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Safeguarding and Wellbeing

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 lucky to have Pets as Therapy dogs visit school 3 afternoons a week.


The 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 from Sunnyoak  Golden Retrievers and dog services.


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 either Sonny, Oakley,Bow or Mya, away from the classroom in a quiet, calming atmosphere.  Activities range

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


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



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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