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Our Wellbeing Lead in School is: Mrs O'Sullivan
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Welcome to our new page dedicated to supporting mental health of our staff, pupils and parents. One of our school priorities for this year is to raise the profile of all aspects of health education in both curricular and extra curricular opportunities for everyone. These are a few of the many changes we have made so far:
- Changed the structure of the school day to incorporate enrichment opportunities for our children
- Removed the school bell
- Developed a sensory shed
- Created opportunities for parents and staff to partake in training opportunities linked to health and wellbeing
- Established a wellbeing lead in school
- All classrooms now incorporate some flexible seating. E.g. cushions, standing work area, concentration station
- Incorporated mindful activities into our weekly curriculum lessons
- Increased the amount of outdoor lessons for our pupils
We will keep updating the sections below with support for adults and children in managing health and wellbeing during the current COVID19 outbreak. Keep checking back for regular updates.
Return to School in September
The Growing Healthy County Durham Team
The Growing Healthy County Durham Team have been working hard to meet the changing needs of families and young people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The team are placing a particular focus on supporting children back into school in September, as it has been some time since they will have attend school full-time with their peers. They may be struggling with some low level anxiety, and parents and school staff may have their own queries around getting children into school.
The team is here to help and have created a dedicated phone number for schools and parents to access additional support during this time. The number is 03000 263532 and it will be open from Monday 24 August to Friday 4 September from 8am-4pm.
See below documents and activities you can do with your children in preparation for their return to school.
Super packed lunch ideas!
Documents to support pupils with wellbeing:
Healthy Start Vouchers
What is Healthy Start?
HSV is a government scheme to improve the health of low-income pregnant women and families with young children on benefits and tax credits.
The scheme will support families during the current situation as it helps low income pregnant women and young children to buy fruit, vegetables, milk and infant formula.
What can families access?
Pregnant women and children over one and under four years old can get one £3.10 voucher per week. Children under one year old can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week.
Women and children getting Healthy Start food vouchers can also get vitamin coupons to swap for free Healthy Start vitamins
Where can the vouchers be spent?
You can use your Healthy Start vouchers in any shop that is registered to take part in the scheme. Lots of shops accept Healthy Start vouchers, including corner shops, food co-ops, greengrocers, market stalls, milk floats or vans, pharmacies, supermarkets. Look out for the Healthy Start sticker in shop windows, or ask inside. If you’re struggling to find infant formula milk during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can now use your vouchers to buy infant formula milk online.
Use the link to find a retailer near you: https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/healthy-start-vouchers/where-to-use-the-vouchers/
Who qualifies for Healthy Start Vouchers?
Families can qualify for Healthy Start if they are at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and if the family receive the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit with a family income of £16,190 or less per year
- Pension Credit; or Universal Credit with no earned income or total earned income of £408 or less per month for the family.
- People also qualify if they are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any of the above benefits
If you require support with completing your application please contact Mrs O'Sullivan at school or your child's health visitor.
See below for free online support sessions from One Point and Mental Health and Emotional support for children and families in County Durham.
Links to support:
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