At Melton Primary school, we believe the emotional health and wellbeing of all members of our school community is fundatemental to our ethos of allowing our children to be the best they can be through developing reflection, courage, responsibility and perseverance. We imbed wellbeing into every aspect of our school day so that we are able to promote and develop the mental health and resilience of our pupils and staff.
We recognise there will be children for whom the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has created mental health needs including anxiety, social growth and feelings of uncertainty. We believe that it is essential to address and support these in order to grow happy, resilient and confident children. We will use a variety of strategies, skills and resources to support our pupil’s wellbeing and mental health. This will include, but not limited to:
- Daily ‘Bee Me’ activities i.e visualisation, relaxation, breathing techniques
- Circle time
- Problem solving
- Time to talk about concerns/worries
- Promoting a kind and caring environment
- Re-building friendships and relationships
Starting back at school after a period of time off is an exciting time for some pupils, but for some, an anxious time too. The BBC, YoungMinds, Place2Be and the NSPCC have created some useful resources in providing tips and advice for children and parent’s/carers aimed at alleviating the most common worries.
Click on the links below:
Top tips to support your child starting primary school during the pandemic
Starting Primary school without transition
How to support your child if they are feeling anxious about coronavirus
Helping your child with Anxiety
Tips for returning to school video – Nip in the Bud
My Back to School bubble e-book – Explains to idea of being in a safe class bubble
Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you are concerned about the mental health of your child, we encourage you to talk to your child’s class teacher, Mrs Whinney (currently on maternity leave), Mrs Hancock or Mr Davies who will be able to offer support and advice.