Wrockwardine Wood Infant School and Oakengates Nursery Federation

Emotional Health and Wellbeing

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Physical activity can have an immediate and long-term impact on cognitive skills, attitudes, behaviour and concentration - all of which are important factors in academic achievement

Emotional Wellbeing

  • Wellbeing is a term we hear a lot about for adults and young people, but we don’t hear so much about it for young children. We know that the rates of teenage mental health problems are rising alarmingly, and we are aware that children and young people are feeling increasingly stressed and distressed.
  • One critical aspect of a child having good wellbeing is by them knowing that they are loved – that they are loved for the unique and precious individuals they are.
  • We need to help children understand their feelings and emotions, by using emotion language and giving them an emotional vocabulary we are enabling them to understand their feelings and also other peoples.
  • If we are going to help children to have a good wellbeing we need to pay attention to our own wellbeing. We need to take care of ourselves; we need to ensure we are eating well, exercising, having rest and doing things which make us happy.

Practical strategies to support children’s emotional wellbeing:

  • Children to spend quality time being outside.
  • Giving children the chance to explore with all their senses.
  • Help children to find times to rest, to experience moments of stillness. This can be achieved through use of yoga and mindfulness
  • Creativity is an essential part of wellbeing. Children need the space to be creative and for adults to be creative with them. Children have a passion for learning and discovering, they need adults around them who want to learn and explore with them. As adults, we can show interest and delight with children and learn alongside them.

If you feel you need further support to help with your own emotional wellbeing or your child’s, you can access the emotional health and wellbeing service called Bee U.  https://beeu.org.uk

The Children’s Society deliver health promotion, prevention and early help and support as well as working with young people to aid transition/sign posting to other services or resources.  Drop in sessions are available in Shrewsbury and Telford.

BEAM Telford
Mondays and Tuesdays 1
2:00pm-7:00pm       Saturdays 11am-4pm

9 Market Square, Wellington, Telford, TF1 1BP

BEAM Shropshire
Thursdays
2:00pm-7:00pm

Upstairs at Palmers Coffee Shop, Belmont Church Claremont Street, Shrewsbury SY1 1QG

You don’t need to be referred or have an appointment. For more information please view the BEAM Leaflet and BEAM Workshop Calendar leaflet.

For more information you can email at AskBeam@childrenssociety.org.uk
For more information about The Children’s Society please visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk

Jigsaw

Our Jigsaw curriculum covers all areas of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) for the primary phase, as the table below shows:

Term

Puzzle name

Content

Autumn 1:

Being Me in My World

Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters

Autumn 2:

Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work

Spring 1:

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, working together to design and organise fund-raising events

Spring 2:

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices

Summer 1:

Relationships

Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills

Summer 2:

Changing Me

Includes Sex and Relationship Education in the context of looking at change


Yoga

Mini Me Yoga contains gentle nurturing exercises which help children strengthen their bodies and encourages them to know that they can be happy and successful in their learning. It develops a positive mental attitude and has been proven to significantly reduce stress, increase children’s capacity to learn, be gentle to one another, respect nature and grow strong mentally and physically.

For more information, you can visit www.minimeyoga.com

School Nurse

School nursing teams ensure that children, young people and their families health needs are assessed and supported, and where additional health needs are identified, they receive an early response, including appropriate referral to specialist services and signposting to other agencies as necessary.

Healthy Eating

The food a child eats in their early years can influence their dietary habits later in life, so it’s important to instill good habits and a healthy relationship with food from an early age. Eating a well-balanced diet can improve mood, provide more energy and help you think more clearly. The food groups that make up this balanced diet are protein foods like fish, meat and eggs, starchy foods supplying carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables and milk and dairy foods.

Hygiene

Good personal hygiene habits help children present an attractive appearance to the world, which in turn influences how they are perceived and treated by others.

Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety.

Dental care

A regular teeth-cleaning routine is essential for good dental health.Children should brush at least twice daily for about 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Children should visit a dentist as soon as their first teeth appear.