Mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic
I hope you are remaining well and that you are taking the measures you need to keep you safe? It’s difficult and possibly anxious times for all with so much change afoot isn’t it?
In light of the current and developing situation and media coverage, it is likely that some children may be concerned and anxious. This is to be expected, as it is likely that they have never experienced something like this before and do not have the experience to know what may happen. Adults can play an important role in maintaining a secure and familiar environment for them where they can share their questions and worries.
Things are changing daily and the impact on day-to-day life is significant. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology (HIEP) have put together a collection of resources which are available to support our communities in managing the worries and anxieties for ourselves and those we are caring for. I have attached this for you to look at if your children, or yourselves, are struggling. I have also attached some additional resources around anxiety, stress and mindfulness that you may find useful.
Above all, your biggest resource is us. Please pick up the phone, message us on Dojo or reach out to us in any way you can. Perhaps what is most important in these strange times is that we are all there for each other to ensure that the children’s, and our own, mental well-being remains as healthy as it can be.
In the meantime, I would like to send you all the best for the next few weeks as we bed-in a new temporary way of the world. We will get through this to the other side and I look forward to seeing you all then.
Helpful links / resources
Managing anxiety age by age
<https://www.heysigmund.com/age-by-age-guide-to-fears/>: also from Hey Sigmund. A guide about what to expect age by age around anxiety, strategies and tips on when to get help.
Talking about world trauma with kids
<https://www.heysigmund.com/how-to-talk-to-kids-and-teens-about-world-trauma/>: another great article from Hey Sigmund!.
8 Different Podcasts to listen to regarding Anxiety <https://www.calmer-you.com/feeling-anxious-or-worried-listen-to-these-8-podcasts/>
Peace Out <https://bedtime.fm/peaceout> - short stories that help kids calm down and relax. It appeals particularly to younger children.
Brain Pop Video <https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/>-This is a great clip for kids, explaining the virus and how to stay healthy.
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOV1aBVYKGA&feature=youtu.be> (video) from the World Health Organization “What do you know about the novel Coronavirus that is causing a health emergency?”
GoZen <https://gozen.com/allprograms/> Videos, lessons and programs for purchase to manage stress and build resilience for kids. Resources for parents and educators to support SEL lessons online.
Mindfulness for Kids
Smiling Mind <https://www.smilingmind.com.au/> - Smiling Mind is a great mindfulness app/website for the whole family (Age 7+). Many children may find using Smiling Mind a way to help calm and focus their brains and bodies.
Cosmic Kids <https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga> - Yoga and mindfulness for kids ages 3+. This is a great resource and many kids have experience using it in class.
WHO Coronavirus Myth Busters
Weekly Wellbeing Check In
Please note, this page is currently under construction.
Nightingale Primary School is a safe and nurturing community where the whole child is at the heart of all that we do. As respectful and respected individuals , all those at Nightingale will promote and set high expectations around the development of life-long learning skills such as resilience, self-belief and adaptability.
Throughout their Nightingale journey, each child, regardless of starting point, will be given the tools to succeed and the inspiration to meet every challenge head on. Our pupils will be valued, confident, recognise their own value and will be empowered to make a positive impact upon the world in which they reside.
Every child should feel safe and valued. Through setting high expectations for behaviours, both social and academic, pupils will have the opportunity to build confidence and resilience. Pupils will be empowered to make progress, take ownership for their learning and behaviour, understanding the ways in which they impact positively on the diverse communities to which they belong.
ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
We are pleased to share information here about our Emotional Support that we have to offer at Nightingale.
What is ELSA?
ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school when their emotional needs are met. In ELSA sessions we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs:
Recognising Self Esteem
Loss and Bereavement
Who is our ELSA?
We are fortunate to have Miss Budd as our qualified ELSA at Nightingale, who has been trained by educational psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or long term emotional needs.
Where does our ELSA sessions take place?
ELSA sessions take place in our own ELSA room within school which provide a calm and consistent safe space for the children to feel supported and nurtured.
How does ELSA work?
Children are usually referred for ELSA support by their class teacher. Miss Budd and Mrs Sharp will then meet to discuss, identify and prioritise which children require an ELSA programme of support. The identified child's Parents will then be contacted and asked to complete a questionnaire on their child's emotional health and well-being. A programme of support will then be planned and implimented.
At Nightingale, we aim to establish a warm, respectful relationship with a pupil and to provide a reflective space where they are able to share their thoughts and feelings. They will also gain new skills and coping strategies that allow them to manage their feelings.
What do our children think of the ELSA support we provide?
"I like coming to ELSA because it is fun and Miss Budd listens to me."
Year 2 pupil
"ELSA has made me feel calm and more confident."
Year 6 pupil
"It is really fun and I like spending time with Miss Budd."
Year 3 pupil
"It gives me time to talk about everything and makes me feel better."
Year 5 pupil
"I'm ok at the moment, but I know I can come to Miss Budd when I am not."
Year 3 pupil
"Miss Budd just gets me and I feel safe."
Year 3 pupil