Personal Characteristics of an ELSA - Elsa Support

Personal Characteristics of an ELSA

This is a ‘Personal Characteristics of an ELSA’ poster for you to put up in Reception for parents to see. ELSAs have so many positive qualities that it was difficult to pick 6.

I chose empathy, patience, creativity, resilience, flexibility and a positive outlook.

Empathy – An ELSA needs to deeply understand and empathise with the emotional experiences of the children they work with.

Patience – Dealing with children’s emotions requires patience to listen attentively and actively, to support them as they navigate their feelings.

Creativity – Using creative methods and activities to engage children in emotional literacy sessions helps keep them interested.

Resilience – Being able to remain calm and composed in challenging situations is crucial, as they often deal with sensitive issues and Big EMOTIONS.

Flexible – Adapting strategies and approaches based on the individual needs and progress of each child.

Positive outlook – A positive attitude and outlook can inspire hope and optimism in children, helping them see challenges as opportunities for growth.

These characteristics enable an ELSA to effectively support children in developing emotional literacy skills, fostering their emotional well-being and resilience.

Of course upholding professional standards and ethics while working collaboratively with teachers, parents, and other professionals is important as is staying updated on emotional literacy practices, attending supervision sessions, and seeking professional development opportunities to enhance skills and knowledge. You are all awesome!

Download our ‘Personal Characteristics of an ELSA’ poster below.

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