Family Support and Nurture

Family Support & Nurture

The Family Support and Nurture Team have a wealth of experience and are trained in delivering nurture and parenting programmes, supporting families, providing information and signposting to different agencies.

If you would like further information on the support that we offer, have any questions, need any advice or simply want to chat, feel free to contact us on: 01793 522626.


Meet the Family Support and Nurture Team 

Hi, My name is Emma Jelley.  I am the Deputy Head Teacher at Lawn Primary & Nursery School and I lead the Family Support and Nurture Team. My email address is  

Emma Jelley


Hi my name is Emma Maclennan and I am a Family Support Lead Worker.   I have worked with children and their families for the whole of my career, so I hope I will be able to share some of my experience and knowledge with you. I am also a trained ELSA (emotional literacy support assistant). I am in school Monday to Friday from 8:30 - 4:30. My email address  is

 Emma Maclennan9


Hi my name is Sabi Sanghera and I am a Family Support Lead Worker. I work  alongside the other members of the Family Support and Nurture Team to help support you and your child.  I have worked for a number of years within educational establishments in Swindon. I work in school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 - 4:30. My email address is

 Sabi Sanghera4


Hi, my name is Jenny Cannon and I am the Family Support Assistant for Lawn Primary and Nursery School.  I have worked in Early Years for many years and enjoy helping and nurturing children so they can flourish and enjoy their time at school.  I work in school Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.30 - 3:30 (8.30 - 1:00 on a Friday). My email address is

Jenny Cannon


Hi, my name is Tanya Sanders and I am the Behaviour Support Teaching Assistant.  I am also a qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and support positive behaviour of children in school.  I work in school each afternoon and lunchtime. I am in school from 12:00 -1:00 every day. My email address is

Tanya Saunders5


Family Support

Each child is unique and brings to the family their own set of attributes and challenges.  The family support team can offer practical advice and guidance when these challenges are making family life tricky. We work closely with the teachers and teaching support staff to ensure that the advice and support we are providing can be transferred to the classroom.We have a private room which provides a comfortable, non–judgemental environment for us to meet with families.

The Family Support team also have training in two recognised programmes, which can support families in achieving a calmer, happier family life;  

Family Links  

Family Links is a nurturing programme run over ten sessions to encourage parent and carers to enjoy bringing up children and get the best out of family life. On average 8 out of 10 parents who take part in the nurturing programme report significant improvements in their children’s behaviour and family life.

Jigsaw Families

The Jigsaw Families programme is an innovative programme supporting children and their care givers with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to develop healthy, strong, lasting, and loving relationships.

At Lawn Primary and Nursery School we run Jigsaw Family sessions over a six week period. It is an informal and friendly session held here at the school. We provide a safe environment to explore challenges of being a parent and offer strategies to help meet family’s needs, thus providing a strong relationship between the family and school.

You and your child will both attend the programme, working in separate groups, coming together at certain points each week.

Nurture Support

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The nurture team work together to provide nurture support for our pupils. We liaise closely with the SENDCO and teaching staff, as well as parents to identify and then support any areas of need in relation to social, emotional, and mental health. Our aim is to remove barriers to learning; promoting emotional well-being in our pupils.

Our welcoming and comfortable Nurture space is the perfect environment for both one to one and small group sessions.

The Nurture Team also provide a reassuring presence for pupils during the lunch time period.


ELSAs are Emotional Literacy Support Assistants. At Lawn Primary and Nursery school we have two members of staff who have received specific additional training from educational psychologists from whom they receive on going supervision. Their role is to support children and young people in school to understand and regulate their own emotions whilst also respecting the feelings of those around them.

Teachers will refer a pupil into this service when they have identified that they may benefit from further support around their emotional literacy. We would also wecome referrals from Parents, please get in touch to discuss.

Additional information

For additional information about supporting children’s mental health, please see the following websites:


Young Carers  young carers2

At Lawn Primary and Nursery School we believe that all children and young people have the right to an education, regardless of their home circumstances. We acknowledge that there are likely to be Young Carers among our pupils, and that being a young carer can have an adverse effect on a young person’s education.

Here at Lawn Primary and Nursery we hold regular meetings with our young carers, giving them the opportunity to be with other pupils in similar circumstances. We provide them with an environment where they can talk and have fun, enjoying a variety of activities that the young carers plan with staff.

To view their website click on the following link or to view the school's Young Carers' Policy click here

To view the Young Carers' Charter please click here

If you think your child might be a Young Carer, please contact us.