Top tips for positive mental health and well-being:
1) Make some time to do a fun and relaxing activity that you enjoy, every day.
Children at Chidlren Primary School know that there is always an adult in school with a listening ear. Talking about our worries, usually makes us feel a little lighter.
3) Self help.
Think about healthy diet, regular excercise, sticking to daily routines.
We would advise parents to do their own research about mental health and well-being at the first signs of concerns:
Live Well: a list of services in Cheshire East
NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.
My Mind: NHS website run by CWP CAMHS. This site has been developed for everyone interested in the mental health and well being of young people.
Charlie Waller Memorial Trustt: a good source of information around anxiety and depression.
Childline has some brilliant relaxing games and mindfulness activities for children.
If parents have ongoing worries about their child's mental health and well-being, please speak to your child's class teacher.
Alternatively, Miss Bennion is always available.
ELSA / NURTURE SESSIONS
ELSA sessions offer pupils a safe space to learn about their emotions and discover strategies to help them manage these emotions.
Miss Bennion is Cledford's ELSA trained member of staff.
Our nurture sessions offer pupils a postive place to develop their social and emotional skills, improve resilience and use these skills to deal with difficulties when they happen. Sessions involve a clear structure and a routine which includes group listeninnniong and speaking, set tasks, individual and shared play and social skills. The key themes of consistency, positive reinforcement and praise are a feature of every session.
Nurture sessions are open to children across the whole school.
All pupils would know at the start of the session what they will be working on and trying to improve. Children have the opportunity to share good news, explore thoughts and feelings and work collaboratively on a practical task. Children work with new peers regularly, encouraging co-cooperation and confidence. Within sessions, opportunities are tailored to the needs of the particular group and age range. They learn to make and share a snack together and the opportunity is given to choose and try new foods! Children learn to share and talk together with peers and adults. Outdoor learning is an important part of nurture too.
There is no set agenda at nurture to discuss but we try and talk about how the week has been since the previous session. Refelection is key theme at nurture. Some of the things we may discuss are:
- Share one thing that has made you proud this week. How did it make you feel?
- Share one thing that has made you angry this week. How did you respond?
- Share one thing you do that helps you when you are feeling angry.
- Share one situation where you made the wrong choice. What did you do to make it right?
- Share one situation where you made a good choice.