Over recent months our children have experienced a time of extreme uncertainty and change. Some will have shown incredible levels of resilience and sailed through this time with no questions or worries. Others may have experienced loneliness, struggled with changes to their routines or experienced periods of anxiety. We have gathered useful resources for parents in managing some of these challenges. If you have any significant worries about the mental wellbeing or emotional health of your child please do contact the school so that we can help.
Young Minds have created a useful 'Supporting Parents Helpfinder'. By answering six questions, parents can find out how to support their child's mental health during the pandemic (and beyond). Find the help finder here.
HappyMaps website is a single hub of reliable, up-to-date and professional advice on mental health problems in children and young people. It covers many common problems including anxiety, self-harm, tics, gender dysphoria, ADHD, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and much more. It also has a pre-school section for issues such as sleep, behaviour, and fussy eating. Find the website here.
Parent and Carer wellbeing is important too!
Talking Therapies is a free NHS service there to support the residents of Berkshire aged 17+ who may be struggling with difficulties including: low mood, anxiety and stress at this unprecedented time.
To find out more about the services offered by Talking Therapies please visit their website.
Our safeguarding training service has produced practical advice on how parents can safeguard their mental health and promote their wellbeing. The resource is available as a document and short video presentation by clicking on the link:
At Hilltop First School we are able to offer the following Social and Emotional support to pupils:
During PSHE lessons in the Autumn term, we follow the MindUP programme for all pupils in Year 1-4. The MindUP program has been shown to increase pro-social actions, decrease aggressive behaviours, and improve academic achievement especially in maths and language arts. Visit the MindUP site for ideas to use at home.
During the school day we might also use 'Time 2 Chill' videos from 5-a-day fitness.