As the lockdown restrictions have relaxed and we are all able to do more it will be another change for our children to adapt to and cope with. Young Minds have produced this poster below with some useful tips on how to help children manage change
(You can colour in your own version of this picture by clicking the link at the bottom of the page)
Mental Wellbeing During Covid-19 Outbreak
Explaining COVID 19 to children can be difficult. Here are some resources you might find useful to help explain;
Time to come in Bear; a short video story for young children about social distancing can be found here
Newsround ; Newsround have a page that gives advice if you’re worried about Coronavirus. It talks about:
It is important to look after yourself and your family’s mental health during this time. Here is some information to help you;
Caring for each other-Sesame Street
Videos, activities and tips for the whole family, especially parents, to care for themselves and others during this time
How to keep mentally healthy during these uncertain times-Actions for happiness
These ideas and examples can help you find ways to look after your wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. Supporting parents and carers
NSPCC has advice for parents to support them during what may be a difficult time:
Calming and relaxation web links
The following web links are all about how to achieve a feeling of calm, meditation and sleep. You may find them useful for yourself during this stressful time
Visit Childline for lots of resources to help during this time. We recommend these calming activities and games from Childline
Click here to find information from the Government on childrens' mental health and well being
Educational Psychology Service (EPS)
The Educational Psychology Service in North Somerset are offering a telephone service for parents who are worried about their children during school closure. To find out more and how you can access this, please click on the EPS Helpline PDF below
School Nursing Team
The School Nursing Team in North Somerset are still available to help with any questions or concerns you may have during this time.
To find out more about their services and how you can contact them, please click on the School Nurse Poster COVID PDF below.
As we are beginning to adapt to a 'new normal' your children may be feeling anxious about what is happening. Sometimes this can develop into anxiety that becomes overwhelming for children and you may notice a difference in their behaviours. For most children this will be a temporary anxiety. Below are some links to a range of documents with ideas on how you can help your child to understand their anxiety and how they can take control of it.. They are from the Young Minds website and from Beacon Behaviour Support. If the anxiety seems to be difficult for the child to overcome then it may be advisable to contact your GP for further guidance.
How’s your WINS?
Wellbeing In Novel Situations (WINS) are five areas of wellbeing that can help to boost your wellbeing and happiness during difficult times.
The little booklet below is your guide to adding a few more WINS into your life.
This website has useful information on how to support your child at home. It also has a Resource pack for use with children under 12. The pack explains about COVID 19 but also has some great ideas on how to support your child’s mental health during school closure – I recommend you take a look if you have any concerns.
Click on the PDF link to access the Resource Pack
Losing someone close to you is never easy and it can be harder to explain during this pandemic. Here are some resources that may begin to help. Our Learning Mentors are also there to support you and can be contacted through the learning mentor email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If at any stage there is a bereavement in your family, there is useful information on organisations that you can contact for support and advice on the VANS website.
Bereavement UK also has a page dedicated to the Coronavirus outbreak which includes advice on supporting children through difficult times/bereavement and when you can’t visit someone who is ill. The page also had details about their helpline and web-based live chat.
Winston's Wish is a really good website with information on dealing with bereavement and children. It also has information around Coronavirus that you may find useful.
The table below has some fabulous resources and support centres contact numbers to help support mental health and well-being during this time. Remember, its important to talk and get help early so please use these resources and stay in touch with us at school.
Talking to children about COVID-19
Local and National helplines to support with mental health
Brainpop CV-19 video (Primary)
North Somerset children living on the Bournville estate can contact WOW directly for support.
Anxiety UK: 08444 775 774
MIND (Mental Health):0300 123 3393
NSPCC: 0800 800 5000
Childline: 0800 11 11
Young Minds: 0800 802 5544
Kidscape (keep safe and bullying):020 7730 3300
Text for pupils (EYFS/KS1)
Text for pupils (KS2 upward)
Child bereavement UK: 0800 028 8840
Grief encounter: 0808 802 0111
If you wish to print out a copy of this table, to keep it handy on your fridge door, please click on the link below for a pdf printable version.
Playing is important
Play is a vital part of childhood and is essential in all aspects of children’s development. During times of significant change, play can have a therapeutic role, helping children to recover a sense of normality. The International Play Association aim to protect, preserve and promote a child’s right to play as a fundamental human right.
With this in mind they have produced a guide to Play in Crisis: support for parents and carers. It is full of information and ideas on how to support your child’s play during these unprecedented times. The document covers a range of areas from the importance of play to managing play at home, play that involves difficult themes and things to play with around your home.
PLAY IS IMPORTANT WHATEVER YOUR AGE
To find all the useful ideas in this guide click on the PDF link below
Fun activities and ideas to try together
Scouts - The great indoors
A guide from the scouts for 100 indoor activities including strategies to support with mental health and wellbeing.
All about food
Food - a fact of life classroom -a newly launched, remote learning hub, providing a series of free activities and downloadable resources to support pupils learning from home. These activities will be updated regularly until Sept 2020.
Activities by Sparkle
This PDF brings together a collection of activities recommended by Sparkle to try at home with children and young people. Download the PDF
Active games and ideas to try together
School Games website
The Your school games website has loads of information on physical activities for school-age children, including a specimen daily exercise timetable and a ‘climb every mountain’ elevation walking challenge
These videos delivered by teachers, focus on the PE curriculum. https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/thisispe-supporting-parents-to-teach-pe-at-home/
If you enjoy colouring and liked the picture at the top of this page - why not do your own.
Just click on the pdf link below, print it out and colour it in. It would be lovely to see your pictures so ask an adult to take a photo when you've finished and send it to your year group email........happy colouring
Your Child's Wellbeing at Uphill Primary School
At Uphill Primary School, we are passionate about creating a culture of positive wellbeing and mental health and are committed to working together with teachers, parents/carers and all pupils to help build healthy, calm and happy school. Together we can drive positive change, encourage conversation, and create an environment that fosters wellbeing for all pupils, which in turn enables them to flourish to their full potential.
Children’s mental health and well-being, is being reported more frequently in the news, with a range of issues including the use of social media, self-esteem, social mobility and diet being highlighted on a regular basis. It is clear that there is a nationwide concern emerging around children’s mental health.
What’s also apparent is that this issue is not specific to any particular age group and children in primary schools are increasingly becoming affected. It is fair to say that there is no ‘magic fix’ to this, but at Uphill Primary we are always trying to think of new ways to support children’s mental health and the worries they may have. Whether it be:
Mental Health and wellbeing, whether it is children or adults, can have a rather negative stigma attached to it, yet we believe that by raising the profile of this very important issue then only good things can come from it.
A happy child is a happy learner!
Please see links below on how we are supporting mental health and wellbeing within the school and resources on how you can support your child at home.
The Young Minds website has some great resources to help children and parents through these uncertain times.
Check out their website https://youngminds.org.uk/
Reading Well for Children
Reading Well for Children recommends reading to help you deal with worries, feel better and boost your mood. The books have been chosen by children, carers, health experts and librarians. you can find the books in your local library. You can download a guide to the books on the list at reading-well.org.uk/children
We have a small selection of the books in school - please speak to Mrs Hetherington if you wish to borrow any of the books or need more information.
Children’s Mental Health week
Children's Mental Health Week this year is 3rd – 9th February 2020 – focus this year is ‘Finding your Brave’ https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/
We celebrated Childrens Mental Health Week in assembly and focused on it in different ways across the school.
We encouraged pupils and staff to recognise others ‘brave’ moments across the week and created a display showing that everyone is able to ‘find their brave’ how ever different that maybe.