Child & Family Wellbeing
At Stamford Park Primary School, we believe Mental health and Wellbeing is a key factor in the success a child can have in life. We are committed to creating a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for all to thrive and grow.
All children should feel supported with their wellbeing, and so we provide a comprehensive provision for all before providing targetted support for those in need.
What do we do for all at Stamford Park Primary School?
- A supportive environment in which to work
- JIGSAW Curriculum
- A clear behaviour policy
- Think about it Thursday’ sessions
- Assemblies on key dates or areas
- Mental health and wellbeing focus week
- Quality first teaching
- A key adult for ad hoc support
- Anti-bullying sessions and focus week
- Zones of Regulation emotional literacy conversations
What do we offer if my child is having difficulties?
We believe that for a young person, their problems or difficulties can seem overwhelming, and we understand that they might need support in tackling these situations or feelings. We provide a tiered system of targetted support to ensure a child's needs are met in the most personalised way. Examples of the types of support we offer are listed below:
Zones of regulation
The Zones of Regulation is a programme we are rolling out in school very soon. It aims to help children notice the emotion they are feeling and then regulate themselves if they are feeling uncomfortable.
The programme starts by helping children to identify which zone an emotion or feeling is in.
This is where you would be if you are feeling:
In general you are feeling slow and are mostly feeling uncomfortable.
This is where you feel:
- ready to learn
This is the ideal zone for children to be in when in class, feeling comfortable.
This is when there is...
- some loss of control
- you may feel worried
- behave in a silly way
- be overly excited
In this zone you can be either comfortable or uncomfortable.
This is where there
- is a loss of control
- can also be either comfortable of uncomfortable.
- You could be feeling rage
- total fear
The children explore these zones and learn to be able to identify which zone they are in. This is supported by all staff who have been shown this system in school. There are also posters in every room to remind the children. Sometimes children can’t or don’t want to name the emotion but they can identify which zone they are in.
Children also learn that their feelings and emotions can lead to expected and unexpected behaviours and that those behaviours can have an impact on the children and adults around them. If you are in the red zone and yelling at your friend it is unlikely that your friend will be in the green zone.
Once children understand the concept of the zones they will explore ways to help regulate themselves with the support of sensory devices and calming techniques.
We want to help all children recognise when they are beginning to feel uncomfortable in the yellow zone and have a toolbox of ideas to help them regulate themselves.
You can support you child/children at home by asking them which zone they are in and using I wonder
“I wonder if you are in the yellow zone at the moment, you seem a bit worried.’ Naming the emotion will help them with their emotional literacy and show them that you can see they are feeling uncomfortable.
Exploring sensory ideas to help your child feel calmer will also really help. Some children find colouring, play dough, using stress balls, time at the park or reading really beneficial.
You could also try using relaxing music, children’s yoga for deep breathing exercises or mindfulness.
Here are our fabulous Nursery children recreating our zones poster during their play!
Place2Be courses and information
Place2Be has developed this free online parenting course in partnership with SLAM (South London and Maudsley-NHS Foundation Trust). It's based on tried and tested techniques and experiences from supporting children, young people, and their families.
The course is designed to support parents and carers of primary-age children's parenting journey. link below:
LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender. The “plus” represents other sexual identities.
At Stamford Park Primary School we celebrate that our children come from different families. We know that like many other schools in the UK, some children have a mum and a dad, some children live with just one parent, some children live with their grandparents and some children have two mums or two dads.
It is important to us at Stamford Park that we represent different families in our community as we know that children who see their families reflected in class and around the school will grow up to be confident, respectful and successful citizens. We believe that supporting children in this way is vital to their well-being.
Aside from our moral duty, it is also our statutory duty to teach children about different families and relationships and therefore all primary schools in England are expected to teach Relationships Education. In teaching Relationships Education we ensure that the needs of all pupils are appropriately met, and that all pupils understand the importance of equality and respect. We ensure that all of our teaching is sensitive and age appropriate in approach and content.
In order to prepare children for the diverse society they live in and to prevent bullying and discrimination, it is important to talk about difference in general and different families in particular. At Stamford Park, the children learn about and celebrate different family structures primarily through our PSHE scheme of work – Jigsaw and science scheme of work. All children are encouraged to talk positively about their own and each other’s families and the school does not tolerate any homophobic, biophobic or transphobic language.
Below are some useful links if you would like to find out more, including some recommended books:
External support for Mental Health
Here we have some useful places you may choose to visit for support: