On Friday 2nd July at 10.30 am the Mental Health Schools team are delivering a session with the Junior School for parents to support them with managing behaviour in the home. If you would like to attend this session, please contact Miss O'Kane at firstname.lastname@example.org
THRIVE is a NEW exciting parenting programme for Liverpool, the Thrive approach training is available for both professionals and parents starting February 2021.
It is a six-week course to introduce you to fundamentals of the Thrive approach and how it works in practice. This training is free of charge. There are places available on their September and October sessions.
Have you ever wondered what’s happening when your child?
- Won’t listen?
- Answers back?
- Has a tantrum?
Come on this course to find out about:
- How our brains develop
- How your right brain talks to your left?
- Why play and creativity are so important to you and your child
- How to support your child at times of change and difficulty
- Everyday trigger times and how to keep calm
- How to be a behaviour detective
- Thrive in your community
Learn about the amazing growth of your child’s brain through childhood to adulthood and help support their emotional development. The course will run for six sessions that will last for approximately one and a half hours. The sessions will be structured yet informal sessions that will allow time to interact with other parents and carers, ask questions, get help and practical suggestions to use with your child.
The courses are run by Jane Pepa the Headteacher of a special school for social emotional mental health and a Thrive practitioner, trainer and over 7 years’ experience of using the Thrive approach in both mainstream and special school settings.
Book via the following link:
On Wednesday 2nd December we held a session for Parents on The ROAR Approach to Mental Health in our school. This was via zoom at 5pm with the following details to access it. The Zoom Meeting ID is 9785270065 with passcode of XsgPC7. Miss O’Kane, our Acting SENDCo and Mental Health lead ran this session and going through how you can support your child with their Mental Health at home, and work with us at school. Some documents that Miss O’Kane went through are attached. If you are unable to attend this session but would like to, or if you would like some further advice, please call Miss O’Kane on 0151 525 8489, or send her an email – email@example.com
Mental Health and Wellbeing
At St Francis de Sales Catholic Infant and Nursery School, the mental health and wellbeing of our whole school community is central to our ethos. We follow our school mission statement by walking, learning, loving and smiling with Jesus – we model and encourage kindness to each other as staff and to our children. We want everyone to feel safe and happy and recognise the need to promote the Health and Well-Being of children, their parents / carers and our staff. We strongly believe that children who have a healthy mind aswell as a healthy body will enable each child to reach their full potential to become a lifelong learner. This year has thrown more challenges than ever to our Mental Health, with so much anxiety around Covid-19 and lockdown and so much uncertainty; impacts on income and housing; greater stress in the home; routines affected; so many changes to contend with; and simply less ability to connect with those we love, which has led to loneliness for more people than ever before. We have been working and training with MYA (Merseyside Youth Association) who are the leading children’s mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional well-being of pupils, families, teachers & school staff through the ROAR approach to Mental Health. Teachers use Jigsaw for the teaching of the PSHE Curriculum, which has a huge focus on mental and physical health. Each lesson always begins with a mindfulness session to help us to check in with how we are feeling.
Mental health is how we feel, how we think and how we behave. Mental Health Promotion for children and is everybody’s business. At St Francis de Sales Catholic Infant and Nursery School, we recognise that all children and adults need the foundation of positive mental health to benefit fully from all of the opportunities available to them.
It is about:
- being able to form and maintain relationships with others
- being adaptable to change and other people’s expectations
- being able to have fun
- being open to learning
- being able to develop a sense of right and wrong
- being able to develop the resilience to manage ordinary setbacks
All children and adults need to:
- be able to Connect with others by participating in groups and teams
- know they are Capable and able to achieve
- know they Count in their world and can contribute to their community
- know they have Courage and can manage risks appropriately
Everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable. At times, anyone may need additional support to maintain or develop good mental health.
The mental health of children and adults in school, parents and carers and the wider whole school community will impact on all areas of development, learning, achievement and experiences. All children have the right to be educated in an environment that supports and promotes positive mental health for everybody. All adults have the right to work in an environment that supports and promotes positive mental health for everybody.
St Francis de Sales Infant and Nursery School provides a learning environment that promotes and enhances positive mental health. A consistent approach means that the school environment and school ethos all promote the mental health of the whole school community. Healthy relationships underpin positive mental health and have a significant impact.
A mentally healthy environment has:
- a clear and agreed ethos and culture that accords value and respect to all
- a commitment to being responsive to children and young people’s needs
- clearly defined mental health links in school policies
- clear guidelines for internal and external referrals
- inclusion and diversity promoted
- open and honest conversations
- strong links with external agencies to provide access to support and information
- a named lead for mental health promotion with the expectation that there is support and involvement and an ethos that ‘mental health is everyone’s business’ – this is Miss O’Kane, our Acting SENDCo
A mentally healthy environment is a place where children and young people:
- have opportunities to participate in activities that encourage belonging
- have opportunities to participate in decision-making
- have opportunities to celebrate academic and non-academic achievements
- have their unique talents and abilities identified and developed
- have opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
- have opportunities to reflect
- have access to appropriate support that meets their needs
- have a right to be in an environment that is safe, clean, attractive and well cared for
- are surrounded by adults who model positive and
- appropriate behaviours, interactions and ways of relating at all times
A mentally healthy environment is a place where staff:
- have their individual needs recognised and responded to in a holistic way
- have a range of strategies that support their mental health, e.g. a named person to speak to, signposting
- have recognition of their work-life balance
- have the mental health and well-being of the whole staff reviewed regularly
- feel valued and have opportunities to contribute to decision-making processes
- celebrate and recognise success
- are able to carry out roles and responsibilities effectively
- are provided with opportunities for CPD both personally and professionally
- have their unique talents and skills recognised and opportunities are provided for development
- have time to reflect
- can access proactive strategies and systems to support them at times of emotional needs in both the short term and the long term
A mentally healthy environment is a place where parents/carers:
- are recognised for their significant contribution to children and young people’s mental health
- are welcomed, included and work in partnership with schools and agencies
- are provided with opportunities where they can ask for help when needed
- are signposted to appropriate agencies for support
- are clear about their roles and expectations of their responsibilities in working in partnership with schools
- opinions are sought and valued and responded to
- strengths and difficulties are recognised, acknowledged and challenged appropriately
A mentally healthy environment is a place where the whole school community:
- is involved in promoting positive mental health
- is valued for the role it plays in promoting positive mental health
- contributes towards the ethos of the school
Here are some of the things we do at St Francis de Sales Catholic Infant and Nursery School to support children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing
We provide opportunities that promote positive mental health, through the standard curriculum and extended provision:
- Circle Time,
- Jigsaw PSHE curriculum from Nursery to Year 2,
- Play Therapy in our Thinc Room,
- Massage and Mindfulness with Sarah Simms
- Wilderness Therapy,
- Forest School,
- Nurture Groups,
- Talking Partners,
- Early identification of needs through a graduated approach to teaching and learning
- Differentiated learning activities
- Visual timetables.
- Effective Accessibility, Anti-bullying, Behaviour Policy, Equalities, SEND & Inclusion and Teaching & Learning Policies
- Additional Support
If your child does have difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing, then they may need support with:
- Attention and listening skills
- Low self-esteem
- Managing anger
- Forming and maintaining relationships
- Life outside school
Your child may benefit from:
- Behaviour support
- Health Care Plan
- Buddy System
- Playground support
- Access to quiet areas
- Family Support
- Pastoral support and guidance from a key member of staff
- Lego Therapy / Play Therapy
- Support from the School Nurse
- School-based Play Therapy sessions
- Support, advice & training from specialists