Massage In Schools Programme (MISP)

A blog post by Sue Salkeld.


For the last 4 years the children here at Everton have had the privilege to experience a Massage in Schools Programme. The programme is a peer to peer fully clothed massage programme, where your child will be given the choice to massage a chosen friend. All children happily participate, if they choose not to then they can just sit quietly on the carpet with their peers and observe. Giving and receiving a Massage gives off a feel good hormone called Oxytocin and even if your child does not take part they will benefit from the calming qualities.

Massage has many benefits, the children become calmer and more receptive to learning, the children begin to respect each others feelings and fighting and rough play decreases….a little. Massage will improve your child’s health and well-being.

The whole Massage in Schools Programme was made for children aged 4-12 years and has 15 massage strokes, we realised this was too much to ask of our children as they are aged 2-4 years, so we chose 6 moves that the children do now. This has now been recognised by the founders of the programme who have called it Mini M.I.S.P. We are now proud to say Mini M.I.S.P. Is used internationally throughout the world, children throughout the world are now participating in the programme that began here at Everton.

During your Child’s day they will participate in a daily core programme of 6 massage strokes. Throughout the day they may also join in songs and rhymes with massage strokes and also some stories I have added some massage strokes to, this captures your Childs imagination, improves their listening skills and also improves their hand eye co-ordination amongst other qualities.

Since September 2012 myself and Kate Norfolk, a Trainer in MI.S.P. have been to local schools promoting a growing passion for this massage programme. We have visited Our Lady’s, The Beacon and All Saints, the teachers have commented on noticing how calm and “different” the children are who have joined their school from our Centre, massage has been a positive influence on this.

All of the schools have taken willingly taken on this programme and like ourselves grown passionate about it. The teachers have all commented on how much their children look forward to the massage sessions and how it has made a huge impact on their classes. All of the schools have wanted staff trained in this programme ensuring it continues and grows within their schools. All Saint’s are sending 6 staff to be trained in the near future.

Here at Everton we now have 5 staff trained and qualified as Instructors myself Sue Salkeld, Kerry Dolan, Lynne Gregory, Julie Antonia and Hayley Dalton, with lots more hoping to attend training here at Everton in November and onwards.

In Liverpool  we are striving to make our proud City the best and first City to have children’s settings using the Massage in Schools Programme, we are well on our way to hopefully succeeding.

Here is to our future…………

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FREE 2 year old nursery places

We have nursery places available for 2 year olds from September. If you are in receipt of

 Housing Benefit,
 Income Support,
 Income based job seekers allowance
 Child Tax Credit with an income of less than £16,190 –
 Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1996

If you are the parent or carer of a 2 year old (or nearly 2 year old) and you are eligible for any of these benefits we can ask our Parent Champions to call by on a home visit to complete the application with you. Alternatively we can support you here at the centre to complete the application, please ask for Andrea Vaughan. You may select your preferred nursery for your child to attend, this is parent choice.

Choose Freedom: Free travel support for adults in Everton and Kirkdale.

Have you heard about Choose Freedom?

Choose Freedom is a Department for Transport funded scheme which helps adults in Everton and Kirkdale to travel to either a new job or an interview.

Types of support include

• Dayrider bus tickets and one day Saveaways
• Cycling and walking routes, advice and training
• Weekly or monthly Solo and Trio tickets
• Travel plans for getting to your new job or interview
• Merseytravel ‘Bike For Work’ referral

Travel support can be issued to any resident aged 16 or over for travelling to a
job interview, job start, work trials and vocational training for up to one month.
Applicants must:
• Live in the Kirkdale and Everton area
• Have an offer of employment or training for at least 16 hours per week
(agency work is included in this)
• Currently be unemployed or economically inactive
• Not employed within walking distance of home address
• Provide evidence of interview, job start or training
• Agree to follow-up contact
Training and vocational work criteria for travel support:
• You must be training for 16hrs or more a week or up to 3 days travel
• You must be able to provide details of training or vocational placement
• Training must be related to developing skills and confidence to finding


For more information please contact Jason Bradley on 

Tel: 0151 482 5706
Twitter: @freedom_L5



Easter Activities at Everton Nursery School and Family Centre

After the blizzards and winds of December, January, February and March it appears that spring may just well be arriving.

The Children’s Centre team have organised two planting sessions, one at St John Crysostom Church, on Queens Road on Thursday 4th April and one here at Everton on Wednesday 10th April. 

There will also be a Spring Crafts workshop on Thursday 11th April here at Everton. 

Adults and Children of all ages are welcome, if you would like anymore information please call 0151 233 1969.

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The following activities have been organised by the Children’s Centre team.

Thursday 4th April 12pm-2pm Community Planting at St John’s Church

Wednesday 10th April 12pm-2pm Spring Planting with Ian the Gardener at Everton Nursery School and Family Centre.

Thursday 11th April 10am-12pm Spring Crafts at Everton Nursery School and Family Centre.

Also, Splashpool and Sensory Room available throughout both weeks, call 0151 233 1969 to book a session.

Our 4th Eco Schools Green Flag

Everton Nursery School and Family Centre's 4th Eco School's Green Flag flying from a flagpole.

Our 4th Green Flag blowing in the wind

On Wednesday 27th February 2013, Everton Nursery School and Family Centre was assessed as part of our application to attain Eco Schools Ambassador Status. During the same visit, we were also inspected for our 4th Eco Schools Green Flag.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded our 4th Green Flag and we await the decision regarding Ambassador Status in May.

The award is due to the hard work of Lesley Donohue and the rest of our Eco Committee.

For more information about the Environmental Curriculum for the EYFS at Everton Nursery School and Family Centre practitioners can purchase an eco file from our website, or E-mail the Centre

World Book Day, Thursday 7th March 2013

Thursday 7th March 2013 is World Book Day.

All Parents/Carers are invited to come in at 9am and share stories with their children.

There will be lots of activities and book readings throughout the building.

What is your favourite story? There are lots to choose from on

Do you like Alfie by Shirley Hughes or is Horrid Henry your idea of bliss?

So bring your favourite book and come along on Thursday 7th March.