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Miss Johnson - Family Support Worker


Hello, my name is Miss Johnson and I am the Family Support Worker in school.

At King Edward Primary, we understand that many children and families experience difficult times which can make a happy, successful school and home life a struggle.  My role in school is to provide support, advice and information to the families within our school community.  I can help you with any worries that you may have in relation to your child's behaviour, health and wellbeing and I am also here as someone to talk to if you need it.

I work in a non-judgmental way and I know that families come in all shapes and sizes. 

I have over 10 years’ experience of working with children and their families. Advice and support is confidential although concerns relating to the safeguarding of children will always be dealt with in accordance with the school's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.  I may not have all the answers, but if I can’t help I usually know someone who can.

I can work directly with children on a 1:1 basis or in small groups.

My role is varied and these are some of things I can help with:

  • Behavior at home
  • Parenting skills
  • Bereavement and separation
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Money and housing difficulties
  • Emotions and feelings
  • Social skills
  • Nurture groups
  • Attendance
  • Health issues
  • Early Help Assessments
  • Referrals to other agencies

I am also the Deputy Safeguarding Officer and work closely with Mrs Smith who is the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Together, we work closely with other agencies such as Early Help, Intensive Family Support Teams and Social Services to help families who need support through Team Around the Child (TAC), Child in Need and Child Protection. Our aim is always to support you regardless of your situation.

I am available in school 4 days per week from 8.30am until 3.30pm. You can contact me by calling school on 01405 813522. You are welcome to drop in during the school day to speak to me or you can also email me at


Medical and Health Needs

I lead on managing medical conditions in school and have come from a nursing background. If your child has any medical or health needs that need to be attended to during the school day I can work with you and the classroom staff to develop a care plan for school.

I also work closely with the School Nursing team and can make a referral to the School Nurse if required.

Doncaster School Nursing Service has developed an App for children to use to monitor their asthma. The app is called 'Inhale' and available on Android and Iphones as a free download. 


Pharmacy First (Minor Ailments Scheme)

This is an NHS scheme where your local pharmacist can diagnose and treat minor conditions to save you making a GP appointment. Children under the age of 16 are entitled to free medicines under the Pharmacy First Scheme.

The pharmacist can treat conditions such as:

This scheme is available at Weldricks Pharmacy on Fieldside, Thorne and at Weldricks on Finkle Street, Thorne.


Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an exciting new program which we started in October 2016 in the Cool Cats class. We have now completed our first ever Roots of Empathy programme and the children enjoyed watching baby Caitlyn grow and develop; they loved interacting with Caitlyn during her visits. We have learnt about why babies cry, safety, emotions, sleep and teething. The children have done some fantastic artwork and sang some wonderful songs to Caitlyn. We had a big suprise during Caitlyn's final visit when she walked into the classroom!

We have just started the 2017 Roots of Empathy Programme in the Leaping Lambs class. We have met baby Jovan and his Mum, Zoe and we are looking forward to see what Jovan can do on his future visits to the classroom.  


Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression and bullying among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.

Roots of Empathy was originally founded in Canada and is now used all over the World.

At the heart of the program are a baby and parent who visit the classroom every three weeks over the school year. A trained Roots of Empathy Instructor coaches the children to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings. The baby is the “Teacher” and is used help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others. At the end of the program the children are more competent in understanding their own feelings and the feelings of others (empathy) and are therefore less likely to physically, psychologically and emotionally hurt each other through bullying and other cruelties.

For more information about Roots of Empathy please click on the link


Who else can help?

If you have worries about your child, connected with school, it is always best to discuss these with the class teacher in the first instance as they will know your child and can work with you to address any issues. 

If you are concerned about your child’s behaviour in school, please make an appointment with the class teacher or Mrs Smith who is our Designated Behaviour and Safeguarding Lead.

If you need to speak to somebody about your child’s Special Educational Needs then please contact Mrs Cassidy who is our SENCO.

There are many outside agencies who can also support you and your child and I have listed some of them here. If you need any other support that isn’t listed, please contact me.

Doncaster School Nursing  and Health Visiting Service 0-19. Tel: 01302 566776


Doncaster Early Help Hub. Tel: 01302 734110

Moorends Family Hub Tel: 01405 818158

Doncaster Domestic Abuse Service Tel: 0800 4701 505

Citizens Advice Bureau (Thorne) Tel: 0344 499 4137



*Please note that from September 2017 all news items will be posted on the main school news page*

Tiny Teachers Required!

We are coming to the end of our first Roots of Empathy Programme and are looking ahead to our next programmes which will begin in October. 

We require a baby to help us run our programme. We will be running 2 programmes across Year 1 and need a babies who will be aged 2-4 months in October.

If you are interested and able to commit to visiting the classroom once per month for 9 months then please contact Miss Johnson. 

30th May 2017

Moorends Family Hub Launch Event 1pm-3pm.

April 2017

There have been some huge changes in support services within Doncaster this month. The Children's Centres are now called 'Family Hubs' and they aim to support you with the first 1001 days of your child's life. 

Check out the Moorends Family Hub Facebook page for details of their sessions and groups. 

21st October 2016

128 children from Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 received their annual flu vaccination in school.

If your child missed their vaccination you will receive a letter from the School Nurse with details of catch up sessions.

19th October 2016

We now have an emergency inhaler kit in school. We are well on our way to being accredited as an ‘Asthma Friendly School’.

14th October 2016

Cool Cats had their first ‘Family Visit’ as part of the Roots of Empathy Program. They met baby Caitlyn and enjoyed watching their ‘Tiny Teacher’.

12th October 2016

Miss Johnson held the first half termly coffee morning of the school year. We were delighted to have the Doncaster Children’s Sleep Service at the session to speak to parents.

Doncaster Children’s Sleep Charity Tel: 01302 751416

28th September 2016

Miss Johnson met with Jenny Ford who is the new CAMHS Link worker for the school. Jenny will be working closely with Miss Johnson to support children who are having difficulties with their emotional and mental well-being. This is a new initiative in Doncaster which aims to improve access to CAMHS services.