Child and parent support team

Our Child and Parent Support Worker is Mrs. Jenny McGuinness.

I am the Child and Parent Support Worker for our school.  I am an experienced Learning Mentor and qualified Nurture Group Facilitator.  I am passionate about the importance of nurture within schools. Laycock Primary School was one of the first in the area to achieve the National Nurturing Schools Award.  I work closely with all staff to promote nurture throughout our school day.

My role is to provide pastoral support for the children and families of our school.  I provide advice and support for a broad range of needs including bereavement, social, emotional, health and hygiene development.  I work with children in small groups and on a 1-1 basis. Children can be referred to me to help them improve their self-esteem, deal with friendship issues, anxiety, anger management or build their self-confidence.  They can be referred by parents, carers or members of staff.

I work closely with outside agencies, local community groups and the village residents.  I am always on the look out for new courses, workshops or opportunities to deliver for our families.

I work alongside the Friends of Laycock Primary School.  In the current economic climate, we are keen to find new ways to fund raise to provide resources and new learning opportunities for our children.  We are always looking for volunteers who can help in any way. Please contact me if you would like to help.

Alongside two wonderful colleagues I run our Breakfast Club.  We serve toast, a variety of cereals and drinks every morning from 8.15am to 8.35am.  Children have access to different activities such as games and puzzles, construction, reading and drawing.  We believe our Breakfast Club provides a great start to the school day. (Places are available. Please contact me or the school office for more information).

My timetable includes break duties and daily lunchtime duties, so I am able to observe and support children either within the dinner hall or outside on the playground.

I run an after-school club once a week.  I am aiming to change the theme of the club each half term, and when possible, provide the club free of charge.

I have always tried to foster a love of reading with children.  I firmly believe all children should have access to books. I have successfully worked with parents of reluctant readers in the past.  If you need any help or advice please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am proud to lead our School Council.  Our School Ambassadors are a credit to our school and have lots of great ideas to share with their classmates.  If your child has any suggestions for the School Council please encourage them to contact their class ambassador.