Having a conversation with parents and carers about mental health (Young Minds)
Mental health is a very emotional subject to talk about. This is especially true of conversations between teachers and parents and carers. Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to approach the first conversation. Young Minds has created a guide to help navigate these conversations.
The guide can be downloaded here:
The Young Minds Parents Helpline can be contacted on 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines)
To celebrate Inside Out Day, we had a fantastic Zoom session with Dr Martha!
We talked about our feelings and got some amazing tips on how to feel calm, relaxed and happy!
We also learned that all feelings are ok and how to identify them. Dr Martha was amazed at how well the children, their adults and Teachers joined in!
After the Zoom, Gabrielius said, "I really enjoyed listening to the Zoom'. Sienna said 'I had so much fun talking about my feelings. Amelia added, 'I loved playing with the Play-Doh'.
Thank you Dr Martha for donating your time, we really enjoyed it. I have added a link to Dr Martha's website below.
It was lovely to be together as a whole School again, albeit virtually!
Wherever we are learning, we are united as the Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery community! 🌈
This week is all about looking after our mental health 🧠! For both children and grown up's 👩👦👦👨👦
Mental Health Awareness Week is beginning on 1st February 2021 and at Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery, 🌈 we want to celebrate 🎉!
Teachers 👩🏫 will be adding lots of learning activities around this, next week. Mrs Jonker has shared with us some great resources and websites.
At the moment, times are tough😔. We can't be together as we usually would. We are all missing family members, friends and our usual routines. There is a lot of extra pressure when working from home,👨🏽💻 for both adults and kids alike.
How someone looks on the outside doesn’t necessarily reflect how they are truly feeling on the inside, so it is important to always be kind and think of others.☀️
We recognise this and want us all to come together as a community, to support one another. There is strength and power in numbers💪.
On Wednesday, staff, children and their parents/carers can join us in a special challenge to raise awareness. Turn an item of clothing inside out 👕 and share, to get important conversations started. No one should be embarrassed 🙈 about how they feel.
Let's get talking🗣!
Show off your inside out looks by sending in a photo 📸 or video on Wednesday 3/2! Your child may even be featured on our School Website 👨🏻💻!
Please make sure you email any photos to:
Finally, we want to encourage you and your children to take some time away from the screen and ease the working from home pressure. 📱🕊
Each week, your Class Teacher will be offering Screen Free learning activities. More information will be provided by your child's class teacher, on your Class Story.
Thank you 😊 for taking the time to read this message and please keep safe and well. If you want some more information, help or links to more support, have a look here:
Wellbeing Award Verification
We are delighted to inform you that we have achieved the Wellbeing Award for Schools which was verified by Optimus Education. We have been working on this award since 2019! As a whole school we have all worked extremely hard to raise the profile of Mental Health and Wellbeing across the School, not only for the Children but for the Parents and Staff.
The feedback we received was extremely positive and I have attached it below for you to read!
We are extremely proud to be recognised for this Award!
At Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is fundamental and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing Growth Mindset and resilience for all.
Additional support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences.
Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.
At Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery, we believe that PSHE is important to help our pupils grow and develop into caring, confident, healthy, independent, responsible, successful and sociable individuals.
We are a welcoming school and value working with parents and carers. Our environment is safe and we aim to provide a broad and creative curriculum to inspire our pupils to express themselves and be the best they can possibly be. We encourage a growth mindset, Philosophy for Children opportunities, awe and wonder opportunities, an awareness of right and wrong and we celebrate differences and achievements.
We have celebration assemblies, PSHE class assemblies, daily wellbeing and mindfulness activities and Wellbeing Wednesday whole school assembly.
We nurture emotional and mental health and are working towards achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS) in partnership with the National Children's Bureau (NCB).
We value inclusion and believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly and with respect. Our new scheme of work Jigsaw incorporates the new SRE standards.
At our school we seek to inspire in children the joy in accepting who they are as a whole, a love of learning and the strive to make a positive contribution to their community.
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