Puttenham Church of England Infant School

Puttenham Church of England Infant School

Emotional Learning Support Assistant

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)


At Puttenham Infant School the emotional well-being of our children is paramount. We recognise that for a child to be happy and able to learn they may need specific support from time to time. Our ELSA supports the children to understand their own needs and emotions and those of others. 


Mrs Shaw is our  qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) at Puttenham. She has been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills. Sessions are fun, using a range of activities such as: games, role-play with puppets or arts and craft.  ELSA sessions take place in a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured. 


Mrs Shaw is available on a Thursday and Friday. If you would like to make an appointment to discuss ELSA support please contact the school office, Mrs Dynan or Miss De Filippis.