Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual reaches his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a positive contribution to her or his community.
To support your child with anxieties about school please see the message in the video below.
There are many ways in which we can support wellbeing for our children and each other. Having clear routines can help some children understand the pattern of their day and be ready for the next day at school. This can include:
- Having breakfast before school
- Feeling settled when they come in - by being on time and coming in with their peers children can have a more settled start and join in some of the social part of the day before lessons begin
- Having a routine for reading and homework - by planning these activities into times on the week it can reduce conflict
- Having a good bedtime routine helps children get a good sleep. This includes not using screens before bedtime, going to bed at a sensible time and feeling ready for the next day
If you would like to talk to our Parent Support Adviser about any of these or other areas of support, such as behavioural needs, you can contact Jacqui Cook via the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org or book one of our parent drop in sessions. Additionally, if you are concerned about your child, please do contact your child's teacher or our SENDco Mrs Vaughan.
At present we are facing many new challenges globally to health and wellbeing. Greenmeadow Primary School recognises that this makes our children at increased risk of emotional wellbeing difficulties. Our aim is to support children and their families to enable them to be safe and well both physically and emotionally at this difficult time and the school aims to keep in contact with all parents/carers and children throughout the lockdown period. If you are worried about your child's wellbeing please inform their teacher who will endeavour to help support you and your child.
There are many resources available to help support you child's mental health and emotional wellbeing at home. Please find below resources which you may find useful whilst your child is at home.
Worry and Anxiety
Wellbeing and self esteem
In addition, further resources are available to support children's wellbeing by clicking on the following link.
What to do if your child falls ill or is injured during the pandemic.
The following guidance gives advice and clarity on what to do if your child is ill during the pandemic so that you can make an informed choice about what action to take.
Explaining COVID - 19 to young children
We recognise that some children are confused and anxious about the current situation and that parents are having to answer sometimes difficult questions. By clicking on the link below you can access a child-friendly booklet to help you explain the current pandemic to your child.
We understand that some parents who are co-parenting a child with another adult at a different address, may be confused about the advice given on what they should and shouldn't do to ensure they are able to carry out the parenting role safely during this time. For parents or carers requiring advice on this issue Caffcass have released the following guidance:
Additional advice and resources may be found by clicking on the links below:
We realise that for many families the current COVID-19 crisis is a time of anxiety not only with regards to the safety and wellbeing of family and friends but also, for some, financially. For any of you who are struggling to get out or need help you can contact Voluntary Action Swindon at
On the top bar look for Coronavirus - help and support
In addition, Swindon Borough Council have a Live Well Hub and a compassionate Swindon group that have set up ‘Here for Swindon’, details below.