Mental Health & Wellbeing
Here at Kidmore End School the well-being of staff is just as vital as the wellbeing of the pupils. We believe every adult matters and it is evident walking around the school that members of staff are happy and there is a positive morale. As a team, we go over and above to support each other with mentors and team meetings. We have a dedicated well-being committee and use all the mindfulness techniques we are teaching the children.
Kidmore End Primary School is an outstanding school that delivers high quality, nurturing provision that focuses on developing the whole child. The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. At Kidmore End Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, staff, parents and carers. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and, at times, anyone may need additional emotional support.
All children can experience ups and downs in their life and some unfortunately have to face significant life events which will affect their mental health and wellbeing. In 2017, about 1 in 10 children aged between 5 and 16 had a diagnosable mental health need. This can have a huge impact on the child’s experience of life, their relationships and their achievements at school. To this end, the Department of Education acknowledges that “in order for children to succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
We all have Mental Health
We all have mental health. Mental Health is about our feelings, our thoughts, our emotions and our moods.
We all have a range of feelings every day and our moods fluctuate and change all the time. Feelings can be happy or sad and can be very strong or feel overwhelming but usually tend to pass before too long.
Sometimes we might experience very big or overwhelming feelings which affect our daily lives and stop us from doing or enjoying things that we would normally do. This is the time we might need some help or support.
6 - 12 February is Children’s Mental Health Week. The week is run by the charity Place2Be, and focuses on the importance of promoting good mental health and wellbeing for children and young people. The theme this year is Let's Connect. There is a section of their website aimed at parents and carers you may find interesting to read. This can be accessed using the link to their website above.
In 2022, we had a special week in school to promote Children's Mental Health Week with an emphasis to support children following the Covid-19 pandemic. Please find below our letter to all parents summarising the activities that took place.
This year we will be recognising the week through assemblies and class time.
The following websites contain lots of useful wellbeing resources & information for parents and carers you may find helpful:
Please find below additional wellbeing resources, such as the British Red Cross Kindness activity pack, full of activities for parents to complete with their children.