Family Support Worker
Hello, my name is Mrs Darby, and I am the Family Support Worker at Barming Primary School.
My role is to provide pastoral support to parents/carers and help with any issues that you may have in relation to supporting your children, both at home and in school. I work to encourage parental involvement within school, signpost to agencies (where appropriate) and support children in school. Should you have a personal concern or school related issue, then I am here as a listening ear. I have access to a number of agencies who may be able to provide support to you and your family, for issues such as:
All contacts with any of the above agencies (with the exception, on occasions, of Social Services) are made with total parental involvement.
I liaise with all school staff, always in the best interests of the children and their families and work impartially and confidentially if you ever need advice or support.
Please ask if you would like further advice and help accessing the right support.
I also work with families regarding attendance. All pupils should be in school between 8.30am and 8.50 am so they are sitting in class ready to learn by 9.00 am.
If your child is ill, the school office should be informed as soon as possible on the first day of absence. Our preference is that you do this via the StudyBugs app, but you can also email or phone. Please give your child’s name, class and reason for absence.
I have booked two Adult Education Workshops for the New Year:
- Confident Parent, Confident Child 2 hour Workshop on 23rd January 2023. Please contact me for a place on this course.
- Stepping Up into Secondary School 2 hour Workshop on 28th April 2023. Details to be released after Christmas.
MOVING UP TO SECONDARY SCHOOL!
Here is a link to a video about starting secondary school:
KENT SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICE:
The phone number has changed.
It is now freephone:
0800 0113 474 (open 8am to 6pm)
Below are some useful services and resources:
Early Help/Children’s Social Services
03000 41 41 41
Kent Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service
Kent Young Carers
0300 111 1110
Information Advice and Support Services-SEND
0300 041 3000
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children-NSPCC
0808 800 500
CEOP-Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command
New online app for parents- www.vodafone.co.uk/familypledge
Report a crime
School Designated Safeguarding Lead
Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Additional Support Services-Advice and Well Being
Headstart Kent Resilience Hub
Harm less (self-harm support)
Additional Learning Needs
British Dyslexia Association
National Autistic Society
Child Bereavement UK
Slideaway Local Bereavement Charity
Child Bereavement UK
School Nursing Service
0300 123 4496
British Nutrition Foundation
Kent Together 24-hour helpline
Community Support Hubs
Find a food bank tool
Monday – 08:30 – 3.30
Tuesday – 08:30 – 3.30
Thursday – 08:30 – 3.30
Friday - 08.30 - 3.30
I aim to be outside on the playground in the morning on these days.
You can contact me on - 01622 726472 or via the email link at the bottom of this page.
Kent Educational Psychology Service
Kent Educational Psychology Service now has a Parent Consultation Line which consists of a free 30-minute phone or video consultation.
This is to provide support and guidance to parents to support children's wellbeing and learning, including:
-social and emotional issues
-concerns about behaviour
-concerns about learning
-daily routines including sleep
To access this service please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
-a convenient time to call (morning or afternoon)
-your child's year group
-a brief description of what you wish to discuss
If you have any questions about this, please come and talk to Mrs Darby.
Please see the following information regarding a free emotional resilience course for 9 - 13 year olds:
Bounce Back is a six-week programme which aims to look at emotional resilience in young people. This course looks at how people can combat stress, deal with their emotions, and also how they can reduce levels of anxiety - all with the aim of encouraging young people to ‘bounce back’ from the challenges which they face in life.
Spaces are free but fill quickly. For more details on our Bounce Back courses, visit the Maidstone Mind website
See below for a local charity offering support to mums and children:
Below is the link for the KENT RESILIENCE HUB , which is full of great information, resources and ideas for supporting our children and young people:
***THE FAMILY HUB - Parenting support and resources***
Please see the link below to some great ideas to support families at home at this time:
** I am aware that many families and children are feeling anxious and concerned about a whole range of issues at the moment. Here is a link to a great website with lots of information and support for anxiety and other issues during this time:
If you would like to discuss anything, you can contact me via the email link at the bottom of this page**
***This was a useful video on the BBC recently, about supporting our children's mental health at the moment: