My 9 year old daughter and I attended the emotional health workshop this morning. We both found it fun and thought provoking and came away with some fantastic talking opportunities and strategies for supporting our emotions. Thank you so much Jen and Nikki!
— Rachel Brown, Parent
Just attended a session on supporting children with anxiety with Bridge the Gap. It was brilliantly informative, offering strategies that could be used and implemented easily and with little cost. Both ladies were happy to answer any and all questions, even staying after the event to answer still more questions. Would definitely recommend their services.
— Jolene Carter, Educator
"Since our partnership with Bridge the Gap began almost a year ago, following a recommendation from a parent, our provision for supporting children's mental health and well-being has been enhanced significantly. In some ways, being able to refer children to someone with a level of expertise beyond our own was the missing piece in the jigsaw and what has followed is a level of support which helps us to identify, nurture and engage children from their earliest years all the way up to Y6 - and hopefully beyond. On top of this, they will be hosting parent/carer workshops throughout the year for those who might need some extra guidance with their child(ren) at home. These have been incredibly popular already which indicates a clear need for this kind of intervention. All in all, we feel that we now have the whole package in place to support children's mental health and wellbeing and I only hope it continues for as long as possible."
Markeaton Primary School
"I just wanted to say thank you for the staff CPD that you led tonight. Staff all got a lot from it and the session brought home the message again of the importance to developing positive relationships."
Ashwood Spencer Academy
"Thank you Jennifer - a great course, I’ll be recommending you!"
Lisa - Supporting Your Child's Mental Health Course
I loved the morning and learned about how my feelings work. It is normal to feel scared. I loved all the crafts and being with my mum.
Emotional Health Workshop Attendee, 9 years
The workshop was really informative and I feel like Jennifer has provided us with a lot of guidance and practical tips to use in school. I really enjoyed the session and hope to attend more.
Trainee student, third year - Derby University
"Really good informative training. I would recommend this course to colleagues. It helps to support more vulnerable children, unpick what emotions are and then discusses how we can support emotional development and mental health in school"
Wyndham Primary Academy
"The links between the core values of the EYFS and them being acknowledged as an important and vital foundation was incredibly useful!"
Wyndham Primary Academy
"I can’t recommend Jennifer Wyman and Bridge the Gap enough after recently completing a 3 week course focussing on how I can support my children’s mental health.
The way Jen shared her stories, knowledge, evidence, facts, information, positive support, suggestions and things to try at home was invaluable to me as a mum of 2.
She presented in a friendly and non judgemental way and encouraged our participation and sharing within a safe environment. I thought I knew enough, but I came away with so much to think about - ideas about how I can deal with , plan and prepare for future situations, conversations, and any crisis that might arise having teenagers. It’s given me back a bit more confidence in my parenting, encouraged me to trust my instinct and informed me further about the things our children face/feel on a daily basis and how I can help them to cope using emotional literacy skills and build upon their emotional resilience.
I have experienced ‘the Gap’ between home and school, and wish I had known then, some of what Jen shared during the course.
Please look out for future workshops and course from Bridge the Gap, it’s on Facebook and Instagram so check it out. It’s useful for anyone with children, not just those with children struggling with mental health. Let’s get behind raising awareness of emotional literacy and how it can help our children."
Sally Ann, via Facebook
What a wonderful empowering workshop from Jennifer Wyman last night!
We learned so much about child development, the effects of trauma and what causes childhood trauma, behaviours in each stage of child development... Not to mention the psychology of ourselves, and how we can improve our communication between home and school.
We understood why parental views often differ to schools, and how to bring together the differing priorities in each setting.
So much was packed into the 2.5 hours, Jen thank you so much! We are so entirely grateful, and can’t wait to work with you again!!
Chrissa Wadlow, Founder of Sunshine Support
'Compassionate, creative and courageous are all words I would use to describe the incredible Jennifer . An expert in the field of emotional literacy, child development and mental health. Jennifer is the fount of all knowledge when it comes to supporting children effectively. Her workshops, training and 1:1 are designed with quality . You can be rest assured you will be receiving great support founded on love , lived experience and integrity.'
Chief Executive at Cherished
"The number of people affected by mental health problems is ever-growing. Early intervention, emotional-literacy knowledge and re-jigging the way we view/ discipline children can have enormous, positive effects on mental health. Jennifer is working endlessly and tirelessly to support families and children that are facing vulnerable, highly emotional and/ or mentally difficult situations in everyday life or within educational settings. I highly commend her work and want her to know that I believe this work will revolutionise the way we support children, mentally and emotionally, in early life - as well as providing the tools to benefit older children and adults. Thank you for everything you do and here’s to your well-deserved Mpower Mums in Business Finalist nomination."
"I highly recommend the Emotional Literacy Workshop to all parents.
The education system is placing more and more pressure on children from foundation stage through to GCSEs. The workshop gave me strategies to deal with issues that arise through all the stages of childhood.
Jennifer's knowledge of the subject is extensive and her passion is to help parents and educators gain an understanding of emotional literacy and offer strategies to address issues.
The 2 hours flew by so quickly as Jennifer is a very engaging speaker and makes people feel at ease."
Karina Bell - Parent and Midday Supervisor
"I've always understood and acknowledged the importance of emotional literacy, however until this academic year I never realised how much of a responsibility teachers have of teaching this alongside the curriculum. Along with Jennifer's help, I've learnt easy strategies to embed emotional literacy into my lessons that have required no extra work or time. In fact these strategies have prompted some interesting discussions about wider topics and have encouraged my students to reflect upon their own feelings".
With Jennifer's help I succeeded in getting a student, who struggles with his anger, to understand and verbalise how his anger was a result of his confusion and frustration. This has created stronger relationships with myself and my student and I am now able to further help this child - as well as others - grow and develop both academically and emotionally."
Lauren Cooper - Key Stage 3 English Teacher