St Nicholas Church of England

Infants' School

Becoming The Best We Can Be

Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA)

ELSA at St Nicholas


Mrs Gibbin is our ELSA and works to support children across the school. There will always be children and young people in schools facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning, and some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed. 


If you think your child would benefit from ELSA support please talk to your child's teacher in the first instance. You can discuss the circumstances with the teacher and we will decide in school if ELSA is the right intervention to support your child. 


During these uncertain times I would like to reassure parents that I can be available to provide support. Please contact me via e-mail, my details are as follows:



NHS Parentline. 


Our School Health Nurse, Naomi Hart, has recommended the following three NHS text lines available for anonymous advice and support for parents of children 0-4, 5-11 years old and for young people aged 11-19 years.
Parents and young people in Oxfordshire can now text Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust health visitors and school health nurses for advice and support.
Experienced local public health nurses will be on hand to respond swiftly to texts between 9am and 5pm on weekdays – apart from bank holidays. They will reply to texts sent at night on the next working day, including during school holidays.
Please click on the link below for more information:



Links and websites for support over the school holidays.

NHS - The Little Blue Book of Sunshine. #Coping.


Family Centre.


The Wigod Family Centre in Wallingford has highly trained staff with a wealth of experience and can advise or signpost to relevant organisations for support. Knowledge ranges from child development, parenting strategies, SEN, safeguarding, employment, housing, benefit advice and health – including mental health support.

Please visit their Facebook page for details of these groups.


Kelsey is the Family Centre manager and the team can be contacted in the following ways:

Telephone: 01491 832940.