Last week was the final week of the Easter holidays at SELFA and we had a blast! There was a whole array of activities; from music, to free play and even Easter themed art work. One of the main highlights from the sessions was at the SEND Stay and Play session where the SEND families worked together on nature hunts, exploring the outdoor space in order to find the right equipment to make spring themed Easter Crafts. The holidays have been a huge success and we are so grateful that we have been able to have so many children at SELFA all together for the first time in a long time.
Our Star of the Week is Sam! Sam impressed everyone last week when he took the lead on making slime with North Craven Primary. He was so good at making slime that he even managed to help everyone else to make theirs successfully too. Well done, Sam!
We have a lot of people to thank for their amazing help during the Easter holidays. Starting with All Together Now Choir for their incredibly generous donation of baking goods for the children over the holidays. All Together Now will provide SELFA with food donations like this one as well as gardening and painting services which we are extremely excited about. Each year, every branch of the All Together Now Choir chooses a charity to support and in 2020, the Skipton branch chose SELFA. However, due to lockdown restrictions they were not able to do as much as they wanted to do for SELFA last year. Nevertheless, they have now decided to support SELFA throughout 2021 as well which we are over the moon about! All Together Now will provide SELFA with food donations like this one as well as gardening and painting services which we are extremely excited about.
We would also like to thank Foxstones Training for coming to Ing’s Primary School to teach the SELFA staff all about Restorative Practice and its many benefits to handling difficult situations with children. Restorative Practice is all about how to improve and repair relationships between people and communities. The purpose is to build healthy communities, increase social capital, decrease crime and antisocial behaviour, repair harm and restore relationships. The SELFA staff learned many new skills in this area and we will be using them in our sessions going forward.
Now that the Easter holidays are over, SELFA will be going back to a full timetable which excites us greatly. Now that SELFA will be running sessions six days of the week, we will be able to provide support to far more children than before the Easter holidays which means that more parents will get the respite that they need and more children will be able to receive extra support throughout the week.