Family Support Advisor (FSA)Support

The Matthew Tree Project.

During these challenging financial times, and particularly with the extra demands of Christmas, there may be help at hand from the Matthew Tree Project. Sandra our Family Support Advisor is able to offer advice  and refer families where eligible for support. If you would like further information please look on the website “support” section, or come and see Ms Cirant either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Other Useful Links:

  • Bristol Debt Advice Centre (BDAC) http://www.bdac.org.uk
  • CHAS Housing Advice
    • CHAS HOUSING ADVICE SERVICE
      PO Box 2219.
      Bristol. BS99 7HH.
      Telephone: 0117 9351260.
      Fax: 0117 9351260.
      Email: chasbristol@supanet.com

Bilingual Family Project Leaflet.pdf

September 2012

Parenting Top Tips.pdf


Family Support Adviser (FSA)

Hello, my name is Sandra Cirant and I am the Family Support Adviser at Chester Park Junior School.  We understand that many children and families experience difficult times which can make a happy, successful school and home life a struggle. If you have worries or concerns about your child, it is always best to talk to the class teacher or the Head as they know your child and can work with you to address any issues.  Sometimes, there are other problems that parents or carers need some help with.  I am here to listen to and support families.  I work in a non-judgmental way and I know that families come in all shapes and sizes! I have over 20 year’s experience of working with children, young people and parents and carers.  If I can’t help directly, I am able to signpost or refer parents and carers to appropriate support.  Here is an idea of some of the things I can help with:

  • Getting to school on time and good attendance
  • Mental or physical health issues
  • Supporting parents and carers to get involved in school life
  • Housing and money worries
  • Family relationship problems
  • Bereavement and loss
  • New starts and settling in
  • Training, education and employment

I can meet with you in school, visit at home or out in the community.  If you would like to contact me, my working days are:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 8.30am – 4.00pm.


Useful Information:

1 Big Database. www.1bigdatabase.org.uk
1 Big Database has information about a wide range of services for young children, young people, their parents and carers and professionals in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
Information includes : Housing, Education, Health, Money Matters, Family Support, Employment, Play and Leisure Facilities, Community Groups, Drugs Information Service.
Family Information Service (FIS).  www.bristol-cyps.org.uk:FIS provides free, impartial, information and guidance on a full range of childcare and children's services and resources across the City of Bristol.


Supportive Parents. www.supportiveparents.org.uk  Tel:  0117 9897725

Provide an independent and confidential service to parents of children with special educational needs (SEN).

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Parenting Programmes - Support for Parents and Carers

Caring for babies, children and young people can be one of the most rewarding things we do in our lives but it can also be one of the most challenging!  Unlike professional roles, we get no training, no manual of procedures and certainly, no pay!  Sometimes, there are times in our lives when we need some help and perhaps, new ways of managing things. 

Last term 10 parents attended a 10 week parenting skills course called The Nurturing Programme.  The Nurturing Programme encourages parents and carers to enjoy bringing up children and get the best out of family life.  It provides simple, effective tools to help adults and children understand and manage feelings and behaviour. The programme was delivered by  Denise Quilty (from the Parent Support Team) and I.  We would both like to thank all the parents and carers who attended the sessions for being so honest and open to trying new parenting strategies, as well as supporting each other. This is just some of the positive feedback from participants;

“It was the best parenting course I’ve ever been on, thank you very much”

“I think it’s a really good course that has helped me greatly”

“Have found it a very positive programme for the whole family”

“I wish this programme was available for everyone, I wish it was available a few years ago, I would have been better equipped as a parent”

“It’s been a very valuable course, it’s helped me in so many ways to be a better parent”.

The Parent Support Team is based in Easton and operates a city-wide service.  They provide free parenting classes across the city and a one stop referral route for parenting support.  If you would like to find out more please go to:  www.bristolparentinghub.co.uk

Homework Hell?

Sometimes homework can feel like an uphill struggle with temper tantrums and tears – and that’s just the parents and carers!  Homework serves two main purposes:

  1. It encourages children to become independent learners and adds value to the work they do in school;
  2. It helps us as parents and carers to keep track of what our children are being taught at school and how well they are learning.

For some useful tips and fun activities around homework, go to:  www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/Schoolslearninganddevelopment/HelpingYourChildToLearn/DG_185973

There are 3 learning packs, FREE to download:

  • ‘Working Together’ for parents of children aged 5 – 10
  • ‘Getting into Homework’ for parents of children aged 8 – 13
  • ‘Coaching Your Teenager’ for parents of young people aged 14 – 19.

Here are a few other places to look for advice and ideas:

www.bbc.co.uk/learning              www.direct.gov.uk/curriculum

www.bbc.co.uk/schools              www.direct.gov.uk/kids

www.channel4learning.com        www.netmums.com

www.dads-space.com                www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk/At-Home

If you have any difficulties finding or downloading any of these resources please contact me for help.

June 2012

Family Support Advisor – Update.

It has been a really busy year where I’ve met new families and continued to build positive relationships with those I’ve known for a while now.  From September of this year, I am going to spend more time working directly with children in the school.  If you have concerns about your child, it’s always best to speak to the class teacher or Head first as they know them best.  If you would like to talk to me, I am in school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday or you can leave a message with staff at reception.

Tel:  Family Information Service: 0845 129 7217

Provide an independent and confidential service to parents of children with special educational needs.