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Supporting the Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Children

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Jellyfish programme and products presentation
Aly Rook
I attended a Jellyfish information morning and found Lucy and Sarah incredibly kind, professional and passionate about what the are doing. They were always willing to answer questions and I am looking forward to working with them more in the future.
If you are interested in the wellbeing of children and want some new skills I’d highly recommend attending one of their information meetings to learn more, drink tea and chat about all things Jellyfish with no pressure to take it further or buy into anything!



Be the Jellyfish Colouring Resource
Lisa Grusso. Parent
I had a lovely time with my daughter using this book. We spent a lot of time talking about what she was doing and there was lots of storytelling and creative imagination. I would definitely recommend it for helping children to open up.



One to one Jellyfish training
Jo Lester. TA. St. Mary’s School
Absolutely fantastic course. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and I will be applying all aspects of Be The Jellyfish with the children I work with. Sarah and Lucy were excellent trainers, intuitive, warm and informative. I feel very excited and enthusiastic about the material in the course. I hope to take it to the next level and become a teacher myself.



Jellyfish programme and products presentation
Nexus School SENCo Forum
Number of people attending the course: 16
Number of completed evaluations returned: 15

What did you find most useful?

  • Beautiful resources, can see potential
  • The training resources sound excellent and flexible to use within school
  • It looks like an interesting wellbeing programme we could use
  • Practical ideas
  • Explanation of programme and how resources can be used across the school
  • Looking at resources
  • Resources and the fact that you can change to each individual child
  • Seeing / using the resources
  • The overview and how to practically use with different ages
  • The practical tasks
  • The activities to gain experience
  • The practical activates and ideas to use in class
  • The explanation of the lesson structure
  • Lots of ideas and practical info
  • Everything, very interesting

Give an example of one change to your practice/environment that you will make as a result of this training:

  • I would like to use some of the cards and will suggest use of the programme within schools
  • Suggest using the cards after break / lunch times to help children express feeling
  • Group and individual work
  • I’ll be looking further into this as a programme to use
  • Purchase of training manual and cards to enable children to talk about their feeling
  • Consider using with small groups in each year
  • I will recommend this to schools
  • I am in Early Years so I will cascade ideas to the settings
  • Try to persuade SENCo to roll programme out, like the flexibility of the program
  • Don’t pre-guess the pupils interpretation & feelings
  • Suggest introduce the programme into schools with pupils with PD needs
  • Not naming emotions
  • Using the Jellyfish cards – changing from current emotion faces used and not naming emotions
  • Share at SLT, hope to use elements to enhance our ‘listening ear’ facility
  • Will look at resources

Any other comments:

  • Brilliant presentation, interesting but relaxing!
  • Very child friendly ideas / resources
  • Love the cards
  • Super training, super trainers
  • Really enjoyable thank you
  • Thank you

 



Be the Jellyfish
Learning Mentor/Inclusion Team, West Sussex
We trialed it with a year 5 class who were struggling with behaviour for learning, especially in the afternoons. We targeted our impact data on 5 children who were especially struggling but ran whole class massage, visualisation and group work with the Jellyfish cards after break and after lunch every day before they returned to the classroom. The feedback from the children has been so positive and their teacher has feedback that they are ‘more ready to learn’ after a Jellyfish session. The cards have proved the most popular and the children are using them to help describe feelings they are experiencing to the rest of the class, they have started to get really good at this. The teacher is also using the cards to help unpick tricky days and playtime incidents with the children and they are finding them very useful. Our year 3’s are now starting to do the same as of yesterday. I have also set up an after school Jellyfish Club which is now oversubscribed, we were going to start small with 10 but we now have 16!! They absolutely love it and are already planning the end of term Jellyfish ‘hot choc and cookies party’! It has helped highlight that some of our seemingly settled children are still struggling with things but just appear to be coping and has given us a way in with them. Their ability to help and support each other during these sessions has blown me away!



Jellyfish Community
Unit Leader, Dorking Explorer Unit
Thank you for a great evening. The Explorers really enjoyed themselves!



Jellyfish Package 2
L. Kensett. Learning Mentor. Copthorne Junior School
Thank you for providing this. I found it extremely interesting and will cascade to my line manager at work. The resources are thorough and comprehensive. I only wish we could have had longer!



Jellyfish Training
Thank you for all the information you managed to impart in such a short space of time. It’s good to know we can contact you for further information/feedback if needed.



Jellyfish Training
TA
Fantastic and feels like it fills a much needed gap!



Jellyfish Package 2
C. Bell. Learning Mentor, West Sussex
What a fab morning. I feel this programme fills a huge gap in what is available! The holistic approach means all learning styles and various issues are covered in a group situation. Thanks so much! I can’t wait to start!



Jellyfish Package 2
Learning Mentor
Really useful training. Can’t wait to start using it. Very thorough, can’t think of anything not covered!



Jellyfish Package 1
Seconday school – Learning Mentor.
Thank you. Very adaptable for all age groups and needs.



Jellyfish Training
Fantastic and very informative. Looking forward to seeing the impact of this programme.



Jellyfish Package 1
LSA. West Sussex
Excellent material, well put together.



Jellyfish Package 2
Very inspiring, looking forward to implementing.



Jellyfish Programme
Carmen Bowers, Deputy Head Teacher, St Peter’s, East Grinstead
I am proud to have a long-standing association with Be The Jellyfish. The classes are fantastic opportunities for children to experiment with creativity and self-expression in a safe and stimulating environment. Jellyfish empowers children to communicate their feelings and has been exceptionally beneficial in encouraging children to relax, keep calm and understand their feelings. The fact that Jellyfish has been devised and is managed by experienced primary school teachers means it is ideally suited to support children through the increased pressures of the current education system. They are relaxed, happier and far more comfortable with self-expression as a result of their participation in Jellyfish classes.



Halloween community class
Parent
Cameron found it really fun. He liked the story and how he felt calm and relaxed. He really wants to go again!



Community class
Sophie Falinski, Mother
I took my ten year old and five year old to the Jellyfish Christmas class. The first half of the session was extremely calming and I found it especially beneficial for my son who has learning difficulties and tends to get anxious and wound up about things. It was a wonderful opportunity for him to relax and release a lot of tension.



Jellyfish Programme
Mrs Hawtin, SENCo, Crawley Down Village School
Children attending the classes all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and seemed to develop in confidence, showing a greater understanding of their feelings and how to express them, even after just 5 sessions. They loved expressing themselves through art and enjoyed teaching the relaxation techniques to their friends in class. There was such a happy and relaxed atmosphere it was a pleasure to watch! At the end of the sessions the children were always really proud of what they had made and eager to share it with their families.



Jellyfish Programme
S. Martin, Behaviour Managment Consultant, Hackney
In my experience as an LEA behaviour management consultant, most schools crave the space, time and resources to support their most vulnerable. There is a clear recognition that for all children ensuring healthy social, emotional and mental wellbeing will have a significantly positive effect on the ability to access learning. However, the current pressures on teachers simply does not allow them the time to meet all the complex needs that are arising in the classroom. Be the Jellyfish provides a creative, child centred and inclusive programme. The programme gives children the opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe space. The supporting resources are not only impeccably designed and completely accessible, ensuring that the Jellyfish approach is one that can be embedded and sustained in a variety of settings. Be the Jellyfish’s vision is one of promoting self esteem, confidence and resilience. This is met through caring, creative and expert guidance.



Community class
Parent
Lola found the class very fun, very creative and very relaxing. She loved it and can’t wait to go again.



Jellyfish Programme
Elizabeth Coster, SENCo, St Peter’s, East Grinstead
Pupils at St Peter’s cannot wait for their next Jellyfish class. It is a chance for them to reflect and to engage with their feelings and emotions in a different way. It has been hugely positive for some of our pupils with ASD and ADHD as well as helping children going through difficult time in their lives, finding a way to cope and express themselves. It is also an opportunity for children to open up in a different way, for example they might reveal some big news for the first time, or discuss something that has been worrying them. It has especially had a big impact on the atmosphere of cohorts with a large amount of SEN and large boy to girl ratio. The ethos behind Jellyfish has helped towards improving challenging behaviour, improving relationships and reducing bullying and adding to a culture of care and wellbeing. We love the way Jellyfish is completely inclusive and every child who takes part can take something away from each session. The calm, relaxed atmosphere is great to help children unwind and de-stress.



Community class
Parent on holiday!
Jellyfish can make children and adults feel different within an hour!



Jellyfish Programme
Mrs Hays, Reception class teacher, West Sussex
When we have had a busy day it is nice to come in, all be together and feel relaxed and ready for learning. I find the massage such a good way to start the afternoon.



Jellyfish Programme
Miss Archer, Year 5/6 class teacher, OLQOH, Crawley
The children thoroughly enjoyed the class as it gave them the chance to relax and be creative without constraints to their self expression. They were given time to reflect and initiate their own learning. Accessible to all children regardless their age or ability. Would recommend this class to everyone.



Community Jellyfish Class
Aimi Mtopa, Parent
Jellyfish classes are an invaluable space for my children to engage with their creativity and emotional expression. It has prompted us to have some open, meaningful chats about how they are feeling that otherwise may not have happened in our busy lives, for which I am thankful. The Jellyfish teachers are warm, sensitive and skilled at creating a safe, nurturing environment. My boys love going to the classes and always come back with lots to tell. The variety of experiences is amazing, each session being different and stimulating. I thoroughly recommend it and feel confident that my children’s wellbeing is enhanced by their participation. There is nothing else available like it in my area.