Dealing with Apprehension or Anxiety on Return to School
In this eight minute film, Dr Jess Richardson. principal clinical psychologist (National & Speciliast CAMHS and Maudsley), provides straightforward, important suggestions for parents and teachers to deal with any potential apprehension or anxiety children may experience on returning to school.
Why not complete the online positive parenting course for free by clicking on the link below. The training has some top tips linked to COVID-19.
Additional support for vulnerable families receiving free school meals during self isolation
As an additional layer of support, BCP Council have set up the ‘Together We Can’ initiative to support the most extremely vulnerable in our communities.
Some of our families, because of Covid 19, are unable to access their FSM because of isolation and illness. In order to ensure these families are not disadvantaged in any way, BCP Council have a ‘Together We Can ‘ helpline which went live on Friday 27th March 2020. If you are eligible for FSM but your family are in isolation or unwell, please contact the Helpline. Together We Can will do their best to support the family if at all possible.
The helpline is not a replacement for the FSM offer. There is limited capacity and they will be filtering the needs quite specifically to prioritise medically vulnerable individuals.
Together We Can Helpline Number 0300 1237052
Talking to your Child about the Coronavirus
Children look to adults in their life for comfort when they are distressed and will take a lead on how to view things from you. Please see the 10 tips taken from the Young Minds website to support your family and you during this unsettling time.
Websites and Numbers
Here are some websites and numbers that may be helpful to you as adults during this difficult time: -
Samaritans - Call 116 123 - https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/
Steps to Wellbeing - Telephone: 0300 123 1120 - https://www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk/
Please also visit the stay safe section under the children tab on our school website, for some helpful stories and further advice to share with your child/children.
At our school, we have two ELSAs supporting the children. These members of staff are Emotional Literacy Support Assistance who help the children to make sense of their emotions. Sessions may include a focus on: -
- Self-Esteem and Confidence Building
- Growth Mindset
- LEGO Therapy
These is what the children at Heatherlands think about our ELSA sessions: -
"I feel a lot more confident because I was in the group 'self-esteem and confidence'. It has made me speak out more and just be me. It has helped me a lot. Happily, I'm not so shy anymore like I was." (Year 5 Pupil).
Parent Feedback from Stress Workshop
Feedback from workshop held autumn term 2019: -
"This course helped to remind me of the mindful ways I can take care of myself and how to adopt it for my children."
"This course has been very helpful to take time out for myself, to refocus on my own stresses and my children's, to find ways in a non-judgemental and confidential environment to change negative ways into more positive ones."
"I would highly recommend this course to any Mum and Dad. This will give you a 'step back' from situations that you have to deal with on a day to day basis. The workshop has given me 'strategies' to be able to cope with scenarios and be my own coach."
"A fun course full of small tricks that you can easily fit into life that really work. We are so lucky to have this on offer at our children's school. A proper course with a holistic approach. I really feel the benefit for myself and my family. The teachers were lovely. A lovely opportunity to take time for myself."
"Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Thank you."
As part of our school well-being approach, we are using Trick Box, which is a fun and effective personal development programme to help children: -
- build confidence
- manage emotions and anxiety
- develop communication skills
- make positive choice about actions
- coach themselves through challenges.
Children initially in EYFS and Year 1 will be introduced to 24 ‘tricks’ and a simple self-coaching model called Letter Box, designed to give them positive habits for life. In EYFS they will begin by learning 6 tricks and in Year 1 they will learn 9 tricks. They will be practising the tricks at school.
The tricks will help the children to build their confidence and communication skills, manage emotions and find solutions to challenges.
Primary Mentor Programme
Our Primary Mentor
‘My name is Nicole Carroll and I am a Primary Mentor for BCP Council; my role is to support Primary School children with their emotional health and wellbeing within school. I run weekly groups during school time that aim to help children gain valuable skills to support their emotions, friendships, worries, self-esteem and confidence including a group called ‘Relax Kids’. The groups teach children strategies in creative and fun ways whilst creating a safe space for them to learn and talk about their feelings.’
Our Play Therapist
'My name is Claire Dorling and I am a trainee play therapist at Heatherlands Primary School. Play therapy uses a variety of play and creative arts techniques to help children with behavioural and emotional difficulties to recognise and regulate themselves. Referrals can be made through the child’s class teacher. If the referral meets the criteria, I will then arrange play therapy sessions weekly with the child where they have access to a variety of items in the play therapy tool-kit including paints and toys. Parents and staff at the school are kept regularly informed about the child’s progress throughout the therapy sessions.’