Creative Play with a Pinch of Salt

Introduction to the Project Team

Paula Hopkins C.Psychol.
Senior Educational Psychologist and Service Manager

Melanie Carte BSc (Hons)
Senior Speech and Language Therapist and Service Manager

Madalaine Nicol BSc (Hons), MSc
Lead Assistant Psychologist

Molly McElligott
Psychological Service Assistant

Hannah Holding
Psychological Service Assistant

Introduction to the ‘Creative Play with a Pinch of SALT Programme’

Creative Play with a Pinch of SALT is a programme designed by EPIC with generous funding from the Laurel Trust. Informed by the Solihull Approach (endorsed by NICE guidelines) and work by Margot Sunderland (2016), EPIC have worked collaboratively with Educational Psychology and Speech and Language therapy to develop a parent-child programme and class programme using ‘creative play’ to target relationship building and language development.

The Creative Play Journey provides quality time for classrooms, parents and children to take part in fun and creative activities designed to transport them together into a world of sensation, imagination, wonder, delight and shared laughter.

The programmes aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Help to build positive relationships with children and between children through ‘creative play’, to improve mental health and wellbeing
  • Help parents and adults to model and facilitate quality language and communication to improve child development
  • Reduce the risk of mental health difficulties amongst children, to improve educational achievement and life chances

Training Video: Creative Play with a Pinch of SALT Programme

The recorded training video below explains the underlying psychological and speech and language principles of the programme. Please ensure any staff member wishing to run the programme watches this training. As this video was recorded in the context of the project, project logistics and ‘group rules’ are touched upon. You do not need to enforce these; however, the content of the training is necessary for the successful running of the programme.

The Programme

As a fully qualified Team EPIC is able to offer supervision for those in roles within school that require this support such as ELSAs.

If you require this support for a member of staff please contact for further details.

TLT research Results 2023

How To Join

Should you wish to be a part of our school led wellbeing partnership and join EPIC Psychology and Wellbeing from September 2023 we are currently accepting school requests*.

*All membership is subject to a completed partnership agreement being returned by all schools or partnerships. Fees are subject to review year on year.

Please contact for further details.