Family Liaison Officer (FLO)
I'm Yolanda and I started as the FLO at St Mary's in September 2019. I work on Tuesdays and Fridays and I run the Stay and Play Baby & toddler Group on Wednesday mornings.. My role is to support children and their families with their social and emotional wellbeing. I am a listening ear, who is there on Tuesdays and Fridays for a chat for both children and parents/carers. Our aim is to ensure that the children can participate fully in their home and school activities thus achieving their full potential. You will usually find me at the School Gates every Tuesday and Friday Morning. My door is always open throughout the day if you need to contact me. Messages can be left for me at the office and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I provide pastoral care to the children to ensure their wellbeing within the school. I do this through 1 :1 sessions and group work:
Rainbows - 12 week sessions to support children with loss.
Lego Sessions - Group work to support children with listening, communication and undersatnding.
Chat and Draw - weekly sessions to help children to explore their emotions.
Drawing & Talking - 12 weekly sessions focused on supporting children with specific events in their life using drawing to come to their own resolution.
Confidence/Self Esteem building
Emotions work - addressing children's emotions and feelings if they become over powering using tools such as worry monsters.
Mindfulness Colouring Group - weekly session open to all children who need time out and a chat.
I am also able to refer children to Louisa our child counsellor who supports children using therapy of the arts.
I work with families to help increase their involvement in the education and welfare of their children. I offer parental support and guidance. I also have links with agencies such as FoodBank, Citizens' Advice and Financial Support to provide help where needed. Throughout the year I organise courses with Adult Education enabling parents to support their childrens' learning at home confidently.
Alongside this I aim to promote good attendance and punctuality of pupils at school to enable them to learn effectively. I run the weekly Stay and Play Baby & Toddler Group.
People say I am a good listener and very approachable, so please do feel free to contact me if you have any issues or concerns and I will do my very best to help.
If you have any issues regarding the safeguarding of any child in our school please contact
FLO (Deputy DSL)