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Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Children's Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

 

 

Children's mental health and well-being has always been important at New Milton Infant School. In current times it has become even more important, with many of us facing additional pressures and changes which can lead to uncertainty. The aim of this page is to signpost resources that will benefit all of us all the time, but especially now. 

 

No one should ever feel alone in this and it is vital that we all seek help when needed.

 

 

Your child's happiness is of paramount importance to us so the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children is an absolute key focus for all staff at New Milton Infant School. In order for our children to become successful and engaged learners they need to feel safe, happy, have self-belief and confidence to take on all new experiences and challenges.

 

Promoting positive mental health happens every single day through our interactions with the children, being the best of role models and through a tailored curriculum that matches children's needs including our Jigsaw PSHE provision.

 

In our school we teach the children that there are a whole range of emotions they might feel and that it is absolutely okay to have these emotions. We teach them how and why they might feel like this and how they can begin to self-regulate their emotions.

 

Listed below are links to websites and posters that you might find useful.

 

What should I do if I am worried about my child’s mental health?

 

We always encourage parents and carers to come and talk to us with any concerns about your child's mental health or wellbeing as soon as possible. There are many ways in which we can support your child. We have excellent Emotional  Literacy Support (ELSA) provision in school which makes an enormous difference to children socially, emotionally and academically too. We also have a trained FEIPS practitioner (Framework for Enhanced Individual Pastoral Support).

 

What messages should I share with my child about Coronavirus?

 

The document below is suitable to be shared with your child or young person. It talks through ways to look after your mental health and well-being during the current times. It talks through, in child speak, what is happening and why we have to stay apart for each other.
 

As a parent/carer, I am struggling with my own Mental Health. Is there support I can access?

 

Your wellbeing and is also so important to us, The Anna Freud Centre has a wealth of information for supporting the well-being of children, families and parents. The website is easy to access and has some really useful tips. The link below takes you to advice to help with your own self-care:

https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/self-care-for-parents-and-carers/

 

Many of you will already know our Family Support Worker, Rachel Baker. She is always available to support you with any challenges or difficulties you may be facing. If you have not yet met Mrs Baker, click on the link below to find out more.

 

https://www.nmis.hants.sch.uk/family-support-worker/

 

 

Are there resources I can access to support positive parenting at home?

 

Hampshire’s Primary Behaviour Service have put together some easily accessible advice to parents covering a range of topics and questions from sleep to positive parenting routines and beyond. These are really useful guides with hints and tips, particularly during these uncertain times.  Mrs. Baker, our Family Support Worker, will happily guide you through any of the aspects that you feel will benefit you and your child.  Please follow the link to the Primary Behaviour Service Website on:

https://pbs.hants.gov.uk/parents.

Can you recommend any online resources to support my child?

 

The apps on the link below have been recommended by the Department of Education as useful resources to support children's emotional health and well-being.

 

Our school website has short films, recorded by staff, for you to watch with your child.  There is an assembly to mark the start of children's mental health week and also some mindfulness activities for you and your child to do together.  Click on the link below to take you there.

Cbeebies have produced 7 practical suggestions of things you can do to support your child's mental health.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/curations/mindfulness-for-children

 

Are there any books I can read with my child to explore their feelings?

The NSPCC has produced a list of books for children to help them process worry and anxiety. Click on the link below to access the titles.

https://library.nspcc.org.uk/HeritageScripts/Hapi.dll/retrieve2?CookieCheck=44248.350958125&SetID=3773524F-40ED-41A5-A9C2-D089337FEE6D&DataSetName=LIVEDATA

 

The link below takes you to an online story exploring how children might be feeling during Lockdown. It is a useful starting point for talking about feelings at home.

'The Colour Monster' encourages children to open up and talk about their feelings even when they might be confusing .

'The Huge Bag of Worries' is a reassuring picture book which encourages children to open up about their feelings.  It is a great book to soothe worries during stressful times..

The link below has many books for you to read together.  They cover topics such as trying new things, facing new experiences, the power of self-belief, resilience and teamwork.

 

https://www.booksfortopics.com/growth-mindset

 

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