Our Approach To Mental Wellness at Anstey
Anstey First School is no stranger to the idea that if you are feeling mentally strong and fit you will be able to achieve anything you put your mind to. We have, long before the current trend of "wellbeing", understood the value in creating connection through positive and supportive relationships, providing a safe and predictable environment and valuing mental health to be the basis of all success in our school for pupils and staff. Once those foundations are firmly in place we know the sky is the limit!
We also know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At Anstey School we do our best to:
help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
help children socially to form and maintain relationships
promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
Wellbeing Team Leads:
Mrs Tilbury and Mrs Myers
Wellbeing Governor Link: Kate Oxley
Our levels of support:
To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all by teaching the children "The Secrets of Success" and using Zones of Regulation in all classes for emotional regulation, weekly PSHE and RSE lessons (which we call Personal Development), Buddy Massage (learning about wellbeing, safe touch and consent) and using The Whole of Me programme for children's wellness through yoga and stories. We do our best to link wellbeing in to all areas of our curriculum.
Secrets of Success-https://www.ypo.co.uk/news-and-events/blog/the-secrets-of-success
Zones of Regulation-https://www.zonesofregulation.com/learn-more-about-the-zones.html
The Whole of Me- https://www.thewholeofme.com/monthlythemes
For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement/loss, new sibling or a change to family structure. A programme with the child's needs at the heart of the intervention will be created specifically for the child with guidance by the Hertfordshire Educational Psychology Service.
For pupils who need a more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors around specific needs. We are able to refer families to professionals in Art Therapy, Play Therapy and Music Therapy.
Parent and Family Support
Our wellbeing commitment doesn't stop when the children walk out the door we support our whole school community. Parent updates, support videos and signposting is available through our Family Wellbeing section found below.
Families First is the term used in Hertfordshire for services that work together to support families who need extra help. These are also known as early help services. We all experience difficulties at some point. Families First can help you find early help and information to prevent issues from getting worse. If you need more help than your usual support network - for example your health visitor, school, doctor or family centre -Families First Service can work with you and your family to create a package of support.
DSPL3 (East Herts) is part of the Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together reviewing and developing the range of provision and support services available locally.
HappyMaps is a charity developed by GPs and CAMHS professionals with help from parents and young people. You will find some of the best mental health resources for parents and carers, and for young people and children, in one place- books, websites, advice lines etc. The site is set up by age groups from Pre-School through to Young Adults. There is advice for a range of topics from anxiety, bullying, dealing with family break ups, low mood to name a few. There is also advice for crisis situations and how to access support.