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Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

An ELSA is a member of staff who is trained to support children with some of their emotional needs.


The trained member of staff at Longfleet is Mrs Clare Gardiner.


Mrs Gardiner may be helping children to:

  • Recognise emotions
  • Improve their self-esteem
  • Develop better social skills
  • Have positive friendships and relationships
  • Manage their anger
  • Cope with loss and bereavement


It is an individualised programme and sessions could be on an individual basis or within a very small group.

The sessions are fun and include role-play, games, stories and craft etc.

The children have a regular slot each week for up to 40 minutes.

Mrs Gardiner is also available on an informal basis most afternoons.