Help for Parents:
At school we hold a wealth of information and can point you in the right direction on a number of issues such as support groups, parenting groups, childcare, clubs in the town, our local food bank, school Nurse etc. Whether it’s coping with difficult behaviour, advice on eating, playing, bedtimes or pocket money for example or if your child is worried about friendships or school in general, we are here to help. Please ask our friendly office staff to arrange for you to speak to one of the Phase Leaders or, if the matter is confidential in nature, Mrs Minister or Mrs Buckland-Garnett.
Help for children:
Sometimes children find it difficult to speak to Mums and Dads about a concern as they feel that you would worry too. In school we will always inform you if we feel that your child is worrying about something. Please encourage your child to tell an adult at school if they have a worry. (You can always ring us if you need to add some detail without your child being aware.)
Please don’t be worried about asking for help, ‘A problem
shared is a problem halved’. We are often available at the beginning of school. If not, please leave a message at the school office if you would like us to contact you.
For some of our pupils, a whole lunchtime of unstructured play is just too long! For this reason we offer “Lunchtime Club”, where children can eat their lunch together, with an adult, whilst developing their social interaction skills and table manners. After this they can choose to play inside with toys or go outside or do a combination of both. If you feel your child would benefit from lunchtime club or would like to find out more, please speak to Mrs Minister.
From time to time families need a little extra support. Collingwood works closely with The Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society to provide counselling and support to children and their families, regardless of their beliefs, who may be experiencing various difficulties. Please speak to Mrs Buckland-Garnett or Mrs Minister if you feel that your child would benefit from this service.
A useful website for anyone dealing with an anxious or worried child is: