Emotional wellbeing support for primary school aged children
Health for Kids – offer a fun, engaging and interactive way for children to learn about health. Find games, articles and lots more right here.
The Anna Freud Centre #SelfcareSummer Primary resource is full of fun activities designed to help children look after their mental health and wellbeing while enjoying themselves. It also signposts them and their families to additional support if they need it.
Relaxation and Mindfulness activities
Headspace – A Mini-Meditation on Self-Care
Self-care is about what you can do to help yourself feel better or to keep yourself feeling good.
The Anna Freud centre have pulled together a range of self-care strategies on their website designed for young people including hobbies, exercise and reaching out.
Supporting primary-aged-children’s mental health and wellbeing
The following guidance offers suggestions on how to support an anxious pupil with successfully transitioning back into school: supporting anxious pupils in a primary setting.
Fantastic Fred / Good Mental Health Matters – developed by the NHS in Kent, Good Mental Health matters is a free resource for primary and secondary school teachers. Online resources are available to schools in addition, such as the Fantastic Fred experience. F.R.E.D is an acronym for the four practical ways in which children can help to look after their own good mental health: Food – Rest – Exercise – Digital Devices.
Counselling and bereavement
The Kent School Public Health Service are offering support to children and young people. This includes up to six counselling sessions for young people aged 4 – 19 for support with feelings of anxiety/stress, low mood, behavioural issues, emotional health and well-being, self-harm, or anger. This can be accessed through the Single Point of Access (0300 123 5205) or via the online portal.
Kooth.com online counselling and support is available for all 10 – 16 year olds in Kent. Children and young people can access free, safe and anonymous support from fully trained counsellors.
ChildLine offer 1-2-1 counsellor chat online to help children with whatever is worrying them. Their website also offers message boards, calming activities, information and advice.
Support for Young Carers
Kent Young Carers is the countywide service for Young Carers aged 5 – 18 across Kent. Young Carers are taking on caring responsibilities for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issue.
Transition to secondary school
Visit the emotional wellbeing advice and guidance for schools section which has useful advice for transition.
Barnardo’s have created a leaflet full of advice and activities for Year Six pupils to allow them to explore their thoughts and feelings as they transition to secondary school. Download a copy of the leaflet below.
Barnardo's Stepping into Secondary School leaflet
Barnardo's Year 6 Transition Guide
3.56 MBDownload resource
Other resources supporting emotional wellbeing for return to schools
Looking after staff wellbeing
Integrating back to school life can be a challenge at any time. Here is information, resources and services that should support you, your colleagues and your school families in this process.
Supporting vulnerable pupils
To assist in the successful re-integration of vulnerable pupils you may want to consider this information and guidance.
Children and young people's emotional wellbeing flowchart
Information if you are concerned about a child or young person's thoughts, feelings or behaviour.
Emotional wellbeing advice and guidance for schools
Including universal support and guidance around transition.
Practical and emotional support following bereavement
Advice and guidance for schools and young people following a bereavement, including the death of a child
Special educational needs and disability practical resources
Children and young people with SEND may experience a number of difficulties and challenges. Here is useful advice and guidance to support young people with SEND.
Emotional wellbeing support for parents and carers
Useful advice and guidance to help schools support parents and carers.
Emotional wellbeing advice, guidance and support for highly anxious pupils
Resources and guidance to support highly anxious pupils both remotely and during the re-integration to school.