ELSA - Emotional support for children

ELSA – Emotional Literacy Support

 Hello and welcome to our Town Lane Infant School ELSA page.

 On this page, we hope to share helpful information, ideas and available resources to help support you and your children at this difficult time.  Here you will find helpful links to some amazing resources and books which may help your children with any anxieties, self-esteem issues, empathy and calming techniques. 


There is an ELSA website which contains many free resources which you can use with your children. 

The website is https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/

The website currently has a section about coronavirus - it has a vast selection of materials including challenges, calming and mindfulness activities.  In addition to this, there is a parent ELSA Facebook group, which will give lots of support and enable you to discuss or read about any issues you may feel that you need assistance with – this is called “The ELSA and parent group.”


If your child is experiencing any difficulties, it may be helpful to encourage them to create a “calming basket”.  They could gather together a basket/box containing some of their favourite things which may help to calm them at difficult times.  This may include their favourite teddy bear, a jigsaw puzzle, some play-doh, their favourite book, paper for ripping, shells to look at, some bubble wrap to pop or some bubbles to blow.


Stories: -

Coronavirus story for children - https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Story-about-Coronavirus.pdf

Someone I know has coronavirus - https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Someone-I-know-has-coronavirus.pdf

We are at home right now - https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/We-are-at-home-right-now.pdf


Children’s guide - https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/


The following story books are used in school and are lovely books to open discussion about feelings at home.  You can also find them on youtube.


Colour Monster – Anna Llenas

The Invisible String – Patrice Karst

The Lion Inside – Rachel Bright

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings – Jo Witek


Mrs Austin & Mrs Fairclough