Parent Support

Lynne Trail is our Parent Support Advisor (PSA) who can provide a network of contacts, and assist with numerous issues – relating to children and families. These may include concerns about your child’s homework, worries that your child may have at school (curricular or social,) or a huge range of issues such as housing, finance, separation or domestic violence. It may be that you are new to the area and need information about local services, or wish to meet new friends. All concerns are handled in a confidential, sensitive and professional manner.

Lynne will be available on a drop in basis at school on Monday or Wednesday mornings before 9.30am. Appointments may also be made via the school office. Marshside School provides a variety of popular, interesting and informative events for our parents, carers and their friends. The list below has evolved over recent years as parents have expressed an interest, or have sought more information about their child’s experiences within the school environment. We are happy to provide other courses to meet the needs of your family. Please do not hesitate to contact Lynne Trail (See information above.)


Bookworms – An after school club aimed at children and parents in Year 1.  This will be delivered by Parenting 2000 and begins on Wednesday 25 September at 3.25pm-4.30pm.  The programme is aimed to increase enjoyment, interest and confidence in book sharing by showing parents skills they can  use at home to further develop their children’s literacy skills.  Sessions will include using puppets, props, arts and crafts and the opportunity to borrow books each week.  Places are limited, please contact Lynne Trail to book a place.

Baby Massage – Parenting 2000 will be delivering a baby massage course in January 2014.  The course will run for 4 weeks and is scheduled to start on 16 January, please look out for further information on the web site.

Courses already run.

Parent Course – We will be running our next Parent Course after October Half Term.  The course will start on Monday 28 October at 1.30pm and finish at 3pm.  The course will run for 6 weeks and will be held at Crossens Nursery on Preston New Road.  We are hoping to link up with parents from Crossens Nursery and the course will be aimed at parents of children from birth up to approximately 7 years of age.  These courses are always very popular and the limited places fill up very quickly.  If you would like to hear more about the course or book a place please contact Lynne Trail or Pauline Gerrard via the school office on 211177.

F.A.D Course, (Facts About Alcohol and Drugs)


FAD (Facts about Alcohol and Drugs) is a course facilitated by Parenting 2000 and delivered within school. It has been designed for parents, enabling us to have awareness around drugs and alcohol. This features several topics, some of which include; Causes of alcohol misuse including the physical and psychological effects, Health issues associated with misuse and the effects on others.

  • Withdrawing from drugs and alcohol.
  • Causes of drug misuse including the physical and psychological effects.
  • Health issues associated with drug misuse and its effects on others.
  • Agencies that can help.

This course can be accredited through the Open College Network.

Parent Programmes

Over the past several years our parent courses have been very successful. Places are limited, so we get booked up really quickly! There are two options available; we have manuals for parents of 0-7 year olds and 5-15 year olds, both are delivered by Lynne and Pauline. They are free of charge and run for two hours one afternoon per week, over six weeks. The parent courses are informal, fun and a great way to meet other parents and make new friends! It makes a real and positive difference on family life. Parents often say how much calmer and happier they feel. The sessions cover dealing with challenging behaviour, listening to your children, effective praise, setting boundaries and finding solutions to repeated issues such as bedtime routines or fussy eating.

Speakeasy Course

Speakeasy is an enlightening, interesting and enjoyable course. It arms parents with information relating to those difficult questions children ask as they are growing up. It is challenging for both adults and children as youngsters experience physical and emotional changes. It provides you with information and resources to help you support them as they progress towards puberty and adulthood. This can be an accredited course through the Open College Network, enabling you to build up points towards other courses, the option is yours. If you would like more information course please contact Lynne Trail or Pauline Gerrard.

Heartstart Training

This is a two hour session which gives you the knowledge to administer lifesaving first aid to both adults and children. This includes CPR, serious bleeding, conscious and unconscious casualties, suspected heart attack and choking. The Heartstart Organisation has provided training for staff to deliver this course and have supplied school with equipment and other resources. We deliver this course in an age appropriate way to the children. It has been adapted for parents. There are a series of interesting and informative video clips with the opportunity to practice these live saving skills, in a relaxed and informative way. This is an opportunity to see how your children learn Heartstart in school.

Support your child’s learning

Throughout the academic year there are a variety of opportunities to support your child at school. Look out for sessions offered, either on our website, or parent notice boards, which are situated in the main entrance or in the community room.

These include the development of phonics, for reading and writing. Phonics progresses through 6 phases, we also include delivery of Jolly Phonics.

There are sessions on supporting homework, including strategies within the numeracy curriculum throughout school. This arms parents with the current techniques used for supporting your child’s numeracy homework.

We provide opportunities to support the development of your child’s reading.

Transition sessions are offered, to assist parents who may have concerns about how their child will cope as they move to a new class.

We welcome any other concerns you may have about supporting your child’s learning, and we are happy to provide you with information.

Other Parent Events

There are other popular sessions which include:

  • Internet safety,
  • Back care for adults and children,
  • Visits from our school nurse,
  • Community police (PSCO),
  • Paediatric nurse
  • Card-making
  • Cake-decorating,
  • Jewellery making
  • Debt management.

All our events and courses are open to parents, carers, grandparents who have children in school or pre school children within the local community. Dates for the forthcoming academic year will be posted in due course.