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Mental Health and Well-being

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At Coombe Hill Infant School, we aim to ensure that our children become healthy, positive and responsible members of our community.  Our teaching staff agree that we are aiming for the same endpoint - we want our children to be able to know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to each other in this ever-changing world.  Our whole school ethos allows all children to develop and thrive in their learning and social development.  

What we do to ensure our children have good mental health and wellbeing:

  • Open door policy for parents and children

  • We use Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE which is a spiral and progressive approach to PSHE.  This approach brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.  It is a whole school approach and is delivered through assemblies and through in-class teaching - (see PSHE & RSE in the Curriculum section)

  • A school lead in Mental Health & Wellbeing and a Mental Health & Wellbeing Governor

  • Three Wellbeing Weeks across the year focusing on mental wellbeing, healthy eating and staying healthy through exercise

  • The Daily Mile is part of our whole school routine and encourages children to see exercise as a part of their daily lives

  • Learning Behaviours to develop the life skills of Respect (Winnie the Pooh), Resilience (Tigger), Resourcefulness (Owl), Responsibility (Kanga), Reasoning (Eeyore) and Readiness to learn (Piglet)

  • Weekly ball skills lesson with Love the Ball

  • Specialist assemblies led by NSPCC and MIND in Kingston

  • Worry Box and Good Ideas Boxes

  • Parenting Workshops

  • ELSA and Nurture groups for children who need this support - our two ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support assistants) who have been trained by our Educational Psychologist Service.  The ELSAs provide bespoke packages of support for individuals and groups of children on themes such as: social skills, emotions, bereavement, social and therapeutic stories, anger management and self-esteem

  • Zones of Regulation

  • Referrals to Young Carers

  • Digby, our Reading Dog, is a PAT (Pets as Therapy)  trained dog who visits us once a week with his owner and listens to children read

  • Our SLT have Safeguarding Level 3 qualifications and all staff have Level 2

Useful Links:

iCope

Mind

NSPCC

Domestic Abuse helpline

CAMHS

Samaritans

Childline

Anxiety UK

Bipolar UK

CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably (For Men)

Men's Health Forum

Mental Health Foundation

No Panic, Panic Attacks and OCD

OCD Action

OCD UK

Papyrus Suicide Prevention

Rethink Mental Illness

Sane

Young Minds

Refuge - Domestic Violence

Alcoholics Anonymous

National Gambling Helpline

Narcotics Anonymous

Alzheimers Society

Cruse Bereavement Care

Rape Crisis

Victim Support

Beat Eating Disorders

Mencap

Family Lives

Relate