Now, more than ever, looking after children's wellbeing and mental health is a priority for everyone at Ashcott Primary School. The school supports children in a number of different ways to help them look after their mental health and share any worries or concerns. Since the children returned to school in September 2020, there has been a whole school approach to supporting wellbeing and the children have taken part in activities to help them with this. Each class has three members of staff available for support and children are encouraged to talk about their feelings and to share any worries. If children and families need further support the school can refer to external services who can help - some examples of these services are provided on this page. During the lockdown period, these resources are likely to be very useful for parents.
Download some of these great resources to use at home during Children's Mental Health Week 2021 (or any time!):
Supporting your child's online safety during lockdown - download this useful guide for parents below:
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Need help with getting your child in a routine for Home Learning? Try using this useful planner below:
ELS stands for Emotional Literacy Support. The ELSA website has some great resources for doing at home with your child during difficult times. Click on the bee to go to their website or download the activity cards below:
Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the pandemic. With children and young people now back at school or college, the new Public Health England (PHE) Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them.
You can also download the document below if you have concerns about your child's mental health and wellbeing during the outbreak or use the school nursing team's 'ChatHealth' service - see below...
Educational Psychology Service Helpline for Parents
Got a child 5-19 and looking for confidential help and advice? Just send a text.
A safe and easy way to contact your school nursing team 07480-635515
From the 15th June 2020, Somerset County Council School Nursing Team is launching a new mobile health service to provide help and support to parents and carers in Somerset and make it easier for them to get help and advice. ChatHealth is available Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm, automatic replies will be sent to any message received out of hours. For medical help and advice outside of these hours please contact your GP or call 111.
Anyone who cares for a child aged 5-19 can receive confidential advice from a School Nurse on a wide range of health issues.
The organisation 'Young Somerset' are also offering support for families during this time - take a look at their website here...
We're supporting the charity 'Young Minds' to help raise awareness of young people's mental health and wellbeing, We're taking part in 'Hello Yellow' on Friday 9th October to show young people that you're not alone when it comes to mental health. Click here to find out more...
This year, the children from our 'Children's Parliament' team have been focusing on supporting children's wellbeing and mental health. The team have placed 'Worry Boxes' in every classroom and all children have the opportunity to place a green slip in the boxes and request to talk to someone about a worry they might have. Our team of 'Worry Buddies' check these boxes each day and make sure children always have someone to share their worries with. They also support children on the playground using the 'Worry Buddy Bench' to ensure all children have someone to play with.
If your child is moving between settings, starting at secondary school or starting at a new school for the first time, Public Health have produced some useful resources to help support your child through transition. Click on this link to visit their site:
Kindness is Catching
We have been very lucky to have been offered these useful resources from 'RelaxKids' for supporting children's wellbeing. Please click on the links below to download the resources and consider using them at home with your child: