At Malpas Alport Primary School, we approach the welfare of our pupils in a positive way; all our staff reinforce the values and ethos of the school. We want our children to stay happy, feel secure and enjoy being in school in whatever activity they are taking part. Around school we have got dedicated 'Calm Zones' and every child has access to resources if they are feeling overwhelmed or just need some time to reflect or talk to someone.
We follow MyHappyMinds which is a complete mental and emotional wellbeing package. It is a science-backed programme which is grounded in the latest science and research about what it takes to create positive wellbeing. The programme an integral part of our RHE curriculum and is taught across five modules: Meet my Brain; Celebrate; Appreciate; Relate and Engage and each introduces a new set of content and habits to help children build resilience, self-esteem and confidence.
SCARF: Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship
SCARF is our whole school programme for PSCHE. It supports in promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement.
At the Alport, we encourge children to engage in and use mindfulness strategies. Using some of these strategies can help improve aspects of wellbeing and may also promote children's effective emotional self-regulation and ability to learn. Mindfulness creates a quiet, calm mind and can help children to focus and be ready for learning. This does not replace therapeutic approaches and resources that may be necessary to support some children.
Time to talk...
All our children should feel able to talk freely and openly to any member of staff if they have any worries or problems of any kind on a work or personal level. Staff always respond to children in an appropriate manner, offering advice, support, guidance and reassurance in conjunction with our other policies, including our Safeguarding Policy. We have three fully trained mental health first aiders and all of our staff have awareness of how to support with with wellbeing and mental health concerns.
We work very closely with Healthbox who provide us with access to counselling, workshops and resources for parents and pupils and transition resources for year six. Please look out for emails regarding any upcoming workshops or resources for parents.
It’s understandable for children and adults to continue to feel concerned or anxious about COVID-19 and it is natural for parents to want to support and protect their children. You might do this in many different ways – giving them a hug, playing a game or having a chat. The most important thing is for your child to know that you are there for them, ready to help them if things get hard. The attachment below is a set of tips produced by Young Minds which will hopefully support you and your child at this time.
Here is a list of useful websites that offer support and advice:
Childline 0800 1111
The childline website has some brilliant support and advice for you and your child ncluding a 'calm zone', a wellbeing toolkit, games and videos
Home - Healthbox CIC “Healthbox is a registered Community Interest Company (CIC), a not-for-profit organisation, committed to benefiting our local communities in Cheshire & Wirral.”
ELSA support; free resources This site provides lots of free support and resources to support emotional literacy and nurture
The websites below are linked to wellbeing which we hope you find useful, especially in coping with issues like self isolation:
children's mental health resources https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/coronavirus
Emotional Literacy Support - https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/category/free-resources/
Minded - https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/
Online safety - https://nationalonlinesafety.com/
Support for Autistic Children - https://www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk/