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The Nest

“The nest is a place to calm down, relax and solve problems fairly” Ellie

“The nest is split into 2 sections; one for reflection and the other for fun, help and support” Emily

“The nest is somewhere you can calm down if you’re angry or upset” Levi and Lennie


Mrs Daniells and Mrs Griffin are the pastoral support workers at All Saints and St Clement. They are the ladies in the Nest!


The Nest has two key roles:


1. Nurture – to ensure the children are ready to learn. This might include 1:1 weekly sessions with Mrs Thomas/Mrs Griffin to build confidence, self-esteem, to discuss issues, to share worries and to celebrate successes. They are usually available for one off visits and to support children to resolve difficulties that might arise during the school day; Mrs Thomas and Mrs Griffin also offer the Nest for smaller groups of children to interact and socialise at both playtime and lunchtime.


2. Best Behaviour – to ensure that children have a safe place in school to go if they are unable to contain their behaviour and emotions in the classroom. Children are able to use the reflection area to consider situations, their behaviour and how they can make better choices to ensure they are ready to learn. Mrs Thomas also runs the Golden Ticket activity which is awarded each week to children whose behaviour is always exemplary.


Miss Griffin –

I have worked in Pastoral roles in school for many years and I thoroughly enjoy the challenges and rewards it brings. I have just completed an accredited qualification in Counselling Skills and I am currently studying for a qualification in Mental Health Awareness.

Most people know that I am a very loud, lively and energetic person who always puts the children of Eastchurch Primary School first! The children’s well-being is of the greatest importance to me and I will endeavour to help them with any worries or concerns that they or parents/carers might have. I’m very happy to have conversations with anyone regarding their child’s behaviour or emotional well-being and I will do all that I can to support them.

I run a very successful school council and often have children visiting me to spend play or lunch. I enjoy meeting parents/carers at the beginning of the day and also at all the termly coffee meetings. If I can help anyone in anyway please give me a shout!


Mrs Daniells – 

I am new to the Nest, although my children came to school her, I have worked as a TA for Eastchurch Primary school for 7 years now. Myself and Mrs Griffin work closely together. I have met lots of our children and we have had some lovely conversations, they have made me feel very welcome and often I get a little knock on the door and they just want to say Hi or tell me something exciting!

 I am really enjoying my new job and meeting the children and parents/carers.

 I hope to see lots of you at our coffee mornings.

My door is always open if any children need someone to talk too or if they have any concerns, I am also available to meet with parents/carers or you are welcome to telephone me with any concerns you may have.

Picture 1 Miss Griffin (We are the Nest)
Picture 2 Mrs Daniells (We are the Nest)