Emotional Wellbeing

At Bowmandale Primary School, we are committed to promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing to all children, their families and members of staff and governors. Our open culture allows children's voices to be heard, and through the use of effective policies and procedures we ensure a safe and supportive environment for all affected - both directly and indirectly - by mental health issues. Please also refer to our Growth Mindset page which outlines our whole school approach to building confidence and resilience in our children.

We believe in a holistic approach to children's development and progress. We have a full time Learning Mentor and Mental Health Champion whose time is devoted to supporting our families and promoting children's emotional wellbeing. This may be through 1:1 counselling, therapeutic group or 1:1 sessions to build self-esteem or short term interventions such as a gardening and craft club or social skills groups. We also have a qualified Forest Schools Leader who works with small groups of children who may need a little support to build their social skills, confidence or self-esteem.

Online Help

Below are a number of links which you may find useful in supporting the emotional wellbeing of your child or your family:

Action for Children - children's mental health
Support for children and young people around mental health and wellbeing

Barnardo's
Child protection, support and wellbeing

Childline
Information and advice about moving schools

Mental Health Foundation - children and young people
Information about mental health problems in children and young people

Mind
Information about all aspects of mental health

NSPCC - children's mental health
Advice and support for parents about children's mental health and wellbeing

Parent Info
Support for parents around digital wellbeing, relationships & sex education

Rethink Mental Illness
Advice and information about mental illness and wellbeing

YoungMinds
Mental health support for children and young people

Local Services

Barton Children's Centre
More information can be found on our SEND page.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Information about local services that may be available to support with young people's mental health and wellbeing

Back to School Transition Support

We hope the following resources will help support your child with the transition back into school.

Going back into school

Letting go and future plans

Mindfulness calendar

Preparing your child for the return to school

Self care kit Covid-19

Self care summer pack

Smiling Mind app

Tips for returning to school

Downloadable Information and Activities

You may also find it useful to dip in and out of these resources and activities with your child:

Coping skills

Cyber Bullying Activity Sheet

Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus

Family Activity Sheet - Viewing Videos Online

Gaming Activity Sheet

Live Streaming Activity Sheet

Relax Like A Cat

Self Care Kit

Sentence Starters

Sharing Images Activity Sheet

Social Media Activity Sheet

Stress Busters

Top 10 Tips

Wellbeing Through Sport

More useful mental health links...

Mental Health Awareness Week

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week took place in May. The theme was kindness.

Mental Health Awareness Week