Wellbeing during Covid-19 epidemic 

With school returning on Monday 8th March, this may cause a range of emotions for everyone. Many of us will be feeling positive 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: 

  1. 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). 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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? 

COPING STRATEGIES
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

Wellbeing useful resources

Wellbeing at Wallace Fields Junior School

At Wallace Fields Junior School we work hard to ensure the children are stimulated, happy and safe and we take their emotional as well as academic development very seriously.

Worries

Small problems can become much larger in the minds of children if they are not helped. Please support us by reminding your child that they must talk to a member of staff if something makes them unhappy during the school day. Each classroom has a SEAL boxes or ‘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.

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.

Mrs Bruen

ELSA

Mrs Fowler

ELSA

Peer Mentoring Scheme

Due to Covid restrictions we are unable to run the peer mentoring scheme, but normally 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.

Bullying

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 online policies

Medicine

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

Safeguarding Children

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. If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leaders (Mrs Andrea Day, Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Corrine King, SENCo, Mrs Bruen) as soon as possible the same day. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her Parents/Carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.For more information on Safeguarding go to the following page on our website https://www.wallacefields-jun.surrey.sch.uk/our-school/safeguarding

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