What is Place2Be?
Broadwater School is proud to be a part of Place2Be – a national charity currently working in over 600 UK schools. Place2Be offers a variety of services to improve the emotional wellbeing of children, their families and the whole school community. The charity has been working at Broadwater Primary School since 2009.
There are times when children feel particularly sad, confused, scared or angry, due to difficult life situations such as separation, illness or bereavement. Some may become withdrawn, others may become more demanding or challenging in their behaviour. That is when having Place2Be in school is especially helpful. Place2Be works with children on a one-to-one basis, offering regular time-tabled support.
All pupils at Broadwater can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk, a self-referral service that takes place during the lunch break. Children can come alone or with friends to talk about any worries or concerns they may have. Feeling heard and understood helps children to cope with difficulties enabling them to focus more in class and improve their learning.
We always obtain consent from parents or carers before working with children.
We routinely meet with parents to discuss their worries about their children and involve them fully in their child’s progress.
There is a Place2Be room inside the school where children attending one-to-one sessions or small group work can go to express themselves and think about their concerns, through talking, creative work and play. Trained adults support this process, helping children to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they don’t get in the way of friendships or learning. The Place2Be aims to improve children’s learning and confidence enabling them to develop resilience, establish friendships and focus in class.
This in turn makes school a happier place to be for all the children and the school staff. Place2Be in Broadwater also supports teachers and school staff to think through the emotional needs of children and offers support by running whole class work agreed in consultation with the school.
Place2Be works closely with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and the Behaviour and Learning Mentor to ensure children with additional needs are offered support when needed, to address any social, emotional and behavioural needs.
A Place for Parents is a free and confidential service for adults. It offers time and space with a qualified professional Parent Counsellor offering adults support with any issues they may have. The sessions are offered weekly and typically last from 8 to 24 weeks.
If you have any questions and would like to find out more about the services that Place2Be can provide:
Please contact the Place2Be School Project Manager: Chloe Szczelkun. She is in school all day on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. She can be contacted via the School Office on 0208 672 3062.
You can also refer your child or seek more information by speaking to your child’s Class Teacher, or the School Inclusion Manager / SENCO.
At A Place for Parents you can:
- Talk over your concerns and worries
- Receive practical advice on a range of parenting issues
- Deal with past and current experiences in your own life that sometimes stand in the way of getting on with life
- Learn new ways to manage life and make family relationships stronger
Anna feels passionate about working with parents and supporting families in many of our Wandsworth schools. She is at Broadwater Primary School every Wednesday afternoon.
Please speak to Chloe Szczelkun (Place2Be School Project Manager) or your child’s class teacher for more information. Alternatively, Chloe can be contacted on 020 8672 3062.