Ruskington’s Chestnut Street CofE Primary School has set up a weekly lunchtime club that supports children with parents in the armed forces to cope with effects of military life.
The school has dedicated a room to provide individual and group support for pupils in such circumstances.
The Ebluey Club has specially designed resources such as ‘parent away’ booklets and display boards for children’s work alongside photographs of their parents.
Staff supervising have experience of military life, so are able to lend an understanding ear when children need to talk about feelings or their absent parent.
One Year Five pupil said: “We help each other cope when our parents go to war.”
Recently, sisters used specially created heart-shaped charts to count down the time left until their father’s return.
Among the most popular items for pupils is the giant ‘emotions rug’ where they get the chance to share their feelings with the group in a fun, informal way.