Children's Mental Health & Wellbeing
Welcome to the Weaver Children's Mental Health & Wellbeing Page
This aim of this page is to offer support to parents/carers and children in issues of mental health and wellbeing.
Our vision is of a school where well-being and mental health are at the heart of everything we do, so that all of our children and young people – supported by everyone in our school environment - can build confidence and flourish.
Who can you speak to?
Parents: If you have any concerns about your child, then please come and see your child's class teacher or any other adult in school.
Children: If you are worried about your own mental health and wellbeing, or that of another child, then please come and talk to an adult in school.
You can speak to:
Your class teacher
A teaching assistant
A midday assistant
A member of the office staff
HOW WE SUPPORT OUR PUPILS MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING
As part of our commitment to the mental health and well-being of our pupils, we are going to be launching 1:1 well-being sessions with children who teachers feel could benefit from an informal ‘chat’ about their feelings and emotions.
In Key Stage 2 every child now has an emoji chart. This allows them to reflect on how they are feeling and why. It also makes the children aware that over the course of a day, their emotions and feelings will fluctuate and that this is perfectly normal. The chart is also a way for the adults to gauge the emotions of the children in their care and to ‘check in’ with them to see if everything is okay.
In Key Stage 1, the children have been using the book ‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna Llenas to learn about the different types of feelings and emotions we all feel. This is brilliant book and again allows the children to understand that our feelings are changing all the time and that this is okay.
The 1:1 sessions will therefore build on the work that is being done in class and will be with Mrs Morgan, who is a ‘Mental Health First Aider’. If teachers feel that a child could benefit from having an informal ‘chat’, they can arrange a time for that child to meet with Mrs Morgan. Sessions like this can give children the space to express if they are worried/anxious about something and is another tool for us as a school to monitor the well-being of our pupils.
We now have a dedicated area within school to mental health and well-being. This is a place that the children can go to if they are feeling anxious or worried. In addition to this, the WSA have very kindly paid for new books (some photographed below) and these are now displayed in our ‘Calming Corner’.
#HelloYellow - Non-uniform Day - Thursday 8th October 2020
In support of World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10th October) we signed up to take part in #HelloYellow.
Organised by the mental health charity ‘Young Minds’, #HelloYellow was a chance for us as a whole school to engage in an event where the theme was ‘kindness’.
We came to school wearing something yellow and gave donations, with all money raised going to 'Young Minds'.
Our Weaver families showed kindness too, as we managed to raise £222.
Thank you so much to all our parents and carers in their support of mental health and wellbeing.
There are many agencies and websites that may be of help to you, your child and/or your family. Click on the links below...
- Visyon - a charity that supports the emotional health of children, young people and their families in Cheshire.
- Young Minds
- Live Well Cheshire East - Care and Support in Cheshire East for Children
- Mentally Healthy Schools
- Mental Health Foundation
- Barnardos - Coping with family conflict during lockdown.
- Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation - An online library of resources which can support parents, carers and children during the Covid-19 outbreak. Highlights include a family focused COVID-19 Self Care Kit.
- NSPCC Learning - A library of resources which can help parents and carers to support children’s mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
For information on and contact details of mental health services for young people in Cheshire East please click HERE