Astwood Bank Primary School

"A centre of learning and opportunity"

Mental Health & Wellbeing


Our Wellbeing Team

Mrs Tracey Wood

Miss D'Aniello

Mrs Michelle Stack

Mrs Camilla Smart

Our school looks after its staff and children. We recognise that mental wellbeing is a normal part of daily life, in the same way as physical health. We adopt a whole school approach to promoting good mental health. Speak to one of our wellbeing team if you think your child needs support for wellbeing.

With the right support, problems can be resolved.

The modern world is such a complicated place for our children (and us!) at the best of times but at the moment we have even more challenges. Even the children that are usually resilient and confident may be having a hard time dealing with the huge changes happening all around them. We know that the sheer number of resources and information available online can be overwhelming. So we’ve hand picked some resources for you to use with your children. Hopefully this will help you find the best way to talk about what is happening, find positive things to do to deal with any challenges you may be facing and most of all remind you we are in this together.

Useful Links & Websites to Support Children's Wellbeing

Young Minds UK have been our chosen charity in the past and we know they have a range of resources available for all aspects of mental health. – Ideas to help your family find ways to breathe, laugh and play together (looks lovely actually!)

Happier Kinder Together | Action for Happiness – free videos by Dr Karen Treisman to support relaxation and emotional regulation.

iMoves has released some new resources for specific age groups of children. These resources have been created to help children physically, and also to build a positive mindset which is vital at this stage in their development. We’ve provided some links below.

The Power of YET!  suitable for 5-7 year olds

The Power of YET! suitable for 7-9 year olds

The Power of YET! suitable for 9-11year olds

Mindfulness for Children

This is something we use a lot in school from Reception onwards; it is a very simple way of being able to carry a safe space around with you. If any anxieties, negative emotions or situations become too much, the safe space where no worries can follow is right there with you and can be found by simply closing your eyes. We teach children to create this in their imagination and it becomes unique and special to each child. We teach children to design and use their safe space. It can be a tree house, a magical island with unicorns and crystals or simply their bedroom. Children have talked about a range of different situations where they use this skill to calm themselves when they have a nasty fall; helping them to fall asleep and controlling anger towards a sibling.

To help your child develop their mindfulness skills and create their safe space, New Horizon have a huge range of tools available on YouTube:

New Horizon Meditation & Sleep Stories

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