Welcome to our wellbeing page.
As a Rights Respecting school, our children have the following rights with regard to their wellbeing...
At Freegrounds Infant School we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community including children, all staff, parents and carers. Emotional health and wellbeing impacts on our daily lives and our ability to learn and cope with the challenges we face every day.
In our school we endeavour to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.
Our aim is to help develop the protective factors which build resilience to mental health problems and to be a school where:
· All children are valued
· Children understand their emotions and experiences better
· Children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
· Children are able to form and maintain relationships
· Children are taught to be confident and promote their self-esteem
· Children develop resilience and ways of coping with setbacks
At our school, we offer different levels of support:
Universal support – To meet the needs of all our children through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. Our learning values, our SMSC curriculum, Zones of Regulation and Trick Box help to support our children to establish good habits and approaches, create intrinsic motivation and confidence to try new things in new ways and to develop a positive mind-set, building long term resilience and autonomy
Targeted Support – For children who may need individual or small group support and targeted interventions such as ELSA, FEIPS or Lego Group
Specialised Individual Support – support packages to meet individual needs following advice from outside agency services such as CAMHS, Primary Behaviour Service, Bereavement services and so on.
ELSA at Freegrounds Infant school.
Trick Box is a simple, fun and effective whole school, whole family, emotional management and personal development programme, which supports children and their families.
To support children’s emotional health and wellbeing, we are going to be using the Trick Box programme throughout the school in the coming weeks and months introducing one trick each half term. The programme is designed to be used both at home and at school to give children strategies for developing resilience and effective communication.
Trick Box helps children to:
- Recognise and self-manage emotions
- Develop mindful awareness and mind-body connection
- Build awareness and choices around body language signals
- Create confident decision making
- Set and achieve positive goals
- Develop communication skills to enhance interpersonal relationships
- Problem solve and create solution thinking
- Create intrinsic motivation and the confidence to try new things in new ways
- Create long term personal autonomy and resilience
All of the above skills will be introduced and reinforced through sequential 15-minute habit forming tricks with one trick taught each half term (EYFS) or fortnightly (KS1) in school using simple, child-friendly trick cards. You will be able to find out what the tricks are in our weekly newsletter.
If you have any questions about Trick Box or want to find out more, please contact Susannah Jones (PSHE lead).
Zones of Regulation
We have introduced Zones of Regulation for all pupils at Freegrounds Infant School.
Zones of Regulation is:
‘A framework designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control’….. In simple terms it teaches children how to recognise different emotions and gives them strategies to help manage how they react or behave as a result of those emotions i.e. how to self-regulate.
Zones of Regulation categorizes all the different ways we feel and states of alertness into four coloured zones:
The campaign is focusing on children’s right to the best possible health, all around the world.
By taking part we supporting children and young people to learn about children’s rights and ensure their voices are heard by decision-makers.
Back to basics
External links to other agencies
Not fine in school
Most school-anxious/school refusing children do WANT to attend school however their difficulties and anxiety are overwhelming They care about their education and want to succeed, however they need understanding and support at home and at school. They may need adjustments to their daily routines, timetables, or even their school environment. Pressures to focus on attendance rather than the child’s needs can make things even harder to fix.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are an NHS service that aims to help young people up to the age of 18 who are finding it hard to manage their emotional and psychological health, and who are suffering with acute, chronic and severe mental health problems.
Hampshire Healthy Families
For all things Health and Families in Hampshire
This website focuses on advice around family life, wellbeing, parenting, online safety and finance.
Hampshire Education Psychology Team
Should you wish to contact us directly, we look forward to you getting in touch by using our telephone support line which operates every Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am to 11.00am. (01962 876239) This is available for parents/carers, education setting staff, and other children’s services professionals working in Hampshire.
School Nursing Team
This team can talk through any concerns you may have about your child. For example: eating, sleeping, toileting or behaviour.
Schools therapy service.
If you need to contact the Solent NHS Trust Children's Therapies Telephone Advice Line: 0300 300 2019. They are available Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm. Due to the very high demand on the NHS at the moment they are making appointments available for children with the highest therapy need first.
Place to Be
Parenting advice from our child mental health experts. Practical tips to support children's wellbeing and behaviour.