Mental Health and Wellbeing
Having good mental health helps you enjoy life and cope with problems. It offers a feeling of well-being and inner strength. Just as you take care of your body by eating right and exercising, you can do things to protect your mental health.
We want to help you manage and maintain your mental health, as good mental health makes such a difference. It helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.
We all go through ups and downs in life, and experience life changes that can affect our mental health.
On this page you will find websites that give advice and tips to get a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting our mood or sleeping better and how we can help others and their mental health and well-being too.
If you are concerned about your child's mental health or wellbeing, please contact one of the following: The class teacher, Mrs Bruen (ELSA), Mrs Fowler (ELSA), Mrs Thompson (Year 3 and 4 Wellbeing champion) or Miss Hallett (Year 5 and 6 Wellbeing champion).
If you would like further advice or support regarding your own mental health or wellbeing, please contact Mrs Bruen (ELSA) or Mrs Fowler (ELSA), who can offer you further guidance and are happy to listen.
Wellbeing resources for everyone
Adult wellbeing resources
Wellbeing resources for children
Useful Web links:
We have appointed two new Wellbeing Champions in school. Miss Hallett will be the Wellbeing Champion for the upper school and Mrs Thompson for the lower school. We want to ensure that every child is nurtured and has an opportunity to talk to a Wellbeing Champion if they have worries or are upset.
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
The school has two experienced ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) who are available by arrangement to support children experiencing emotional difficulties which are affecting their ability to learn and thrive at school.
We have a designated, purpose-built room for ELSA and wellbeing support to take place in. This provides a comfortable and soothing environment for children to discuss their worries and concerns with a trained member of staff. In addition the whole school have been taking part in fund raising activities and competitions to help furnish the Wellbeing Centre.
Peer Mentoring Scheme
This scheme happens during two lunchtimes per week to provide extra support for younger children. This is led by a few Year 6 volunteers who are trained to act as peer mentors to support children with any small worries or concerns. Children are able to book a slot in a book which is on a table just outside the Deputy Head’s office in the corner of the hall. All information is treated as confidential and only escalated to a higher level when deemed necessary.
Zones of Regulation
From Year 3, we are introducing The ZONES of Regulation, a concept designed by Leah Kuypers, a licensed occupational therapist. It enables the children to gain skills in the area of self-regulation. When we say self-regulation, we can also mean self-control, self-management, and impulse control. It is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions for the specific situation.
Each classroom has ‘mood boxes’ where children can indicate how they feel on a day to day basis. An adult will talk to them if they place their card in the Amber slot. Red is for a child unhappy but not wanting to talk to an adult about it and the green slot is to indicate that they feel fine. The box is checked every day and if your child indicates they would like to talk to someone then this will be made possible during the day. Talk to your child’s teacher as soon as possible if you are aware that your child is worried about anything.
Rufus - Our Reading Dog
We are extremely fortunate to have Rufus and his lovely owner volunteer at our school. He is a specially trained therapy dog. He attends interventions for children on a 1:1 basis who need their confidence boosting in reading. He works with children at all levels of ability. We often notice a big improvement in the selected children's wellbeing, which is fundamental to optimum learning.
Our anti-bullying policy is to ensure that children learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied. If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be taken seriously and recorded and dealt with as soon as possible by the member of staff who has been approached. If deemed to be bullying, the teacher responsible will speak to the pupils involved. If the matter can be resolved in school without the need for parental contact then this will be done and monitored by appropriate member of staff, teacher responsible, the Deputy Head and Head teacher. It may be decided that parents should be informed immediately and this will be done by the Deputy Head or Head teacher. A written copy of events will be kept and this will be updated until the situation has been resolved. For our full anti-bullying policy see below:
Medicine is only administered in accordance with the school’s policy. Please discuss any medical needs with the Head teacher / Deputy Head teacher or Office Staff.
Medicine Infection and First Aid Policy
Any concerns about a child’s welfare are taken extremely seriously and all staff and volunteers are aware of our child protection policy and procedures. For more information on Safeguarding go to the following page on our website https://www.wallacefields-jun.surrey.sch.uk/our-school/safeguarding
Wellbeing during Covid-19 epidemic
Covid-19 may have caused a range of emotions for everyone. Many of us will be feeling positive now we have returned to school, but it may also stir up some feelings of anxiety. If your child is feeling anxious, they may display some of the following physical and emotional symptoms:
• headaches and stomach aches or just feeling unwell
• dizziness, faintness, palpitations, breathlessness & sweating
• not sleeping
• not eating properly
• being clingy, feeling panicky, or tearful
• seeming to be worried or anxious and needing lots of reassurance
• feeling down
• having difficulty concentrating
• wanting things to be perfect and getting frustrated if they’re not
• lashing out at others
• hyper-alertness and difficulty keeping still
TOP TIPS TO SUPPORT ANXIOUS FEELINGS
Top tips to support anxious feeling:
- Explore ways to help your child cope with their anxieties and worries. Try working together to test out fears gradually - setting small, specific goals (e.g putting on their school uniform, practice the journey to school, bedtime routine, doing an activity independently).
- Stay calm, supportive and practical. Try not to get drawn into your child’s emotions. Praise and reward small (and big) successes when a child faces their fears. It can help them if you remain positive and encouraging, without forcing them into anything.
- Take time to talk and listen. Focus on what helps. Instead of trying to reassure a child that nothing bad will happen, focus on what helped them cope when they faced a similar situation. Help a child think through what they have learned about their fears and themselves. Did their worry come true? Did they cope?
You might want to try a variety of techniques out to see which ones work best for your child to help them through an anxious time.
• Mindfulness is one technique that helps children relax physically and emotionally.
• Sometimes concentrating on self-care can help children to re-focus.
• Meditation or relaxation activities can support your child to Unwind.
A range of suggestions and activities can be found in the document below