Goudhurst & Kilndown Church of England Primary School

Wellbeing & Mental Health

In School

Within the school day, children are provided with a variety of opportunities to monitor and express how they are feeling.  This includes feelings charts in the classroom that are monitored by staff - providing the children with opportunities to talk.  Each class is following the Happymind programme where the children learn more about how the mind works and strategies linked to emotional wellbeing, such as breathing techniques.  The school uses a ‘Trackit light’ system, which primarily rewards positive behaviour throughout the day, but also enables the teacher and SLT to monitor whether there are any behaviours that may indicate that the child is emotionally struggling, and to provide further support.

My Happy Mind

Should a child need a little more support at any point, the school offers:

  • A named trusted adult to touch base and check on the child

  • Access to the Hedgehog room at lunchtimes to discuss problems or to have access to a safe, calm space.

  • A ‘drawing & talking’ intervention using trained TA’s.  Drawing & Talking

  • Play therapy with our trained Play Therapist  

Lotus Play Therapy

Counselling through the Fegans Charity 


Resources to Support Mental Health 

Emotional Wellbeing - Reframe the Behaviour


Acknowledging anxiety and not supporting anxiety 

We have put together a range of resources to support parents with children who are experience anxiety for various reasons 

Anxiety Toolkit

We have created this e-book for you to refer to. It's full of advice, strategies and support available both in school as well as external website links and support group

The Anxiety Toolkit - A Guide for Parents and Carers

 5 Simple Strategies for Managing Anxiety (Pookie Knightsmith)

 Helping your child with anxiety information pack (1 Decision)

The Little Book of Managing Stress & Anxiety

50 Ways to take a break

Other Useful Links for Emotional Wellbeing Support

School public health service

Kent Youth Health

This site covers all aspects of health and has information about COVID 19. This is where you can refer to the School Nurses.

KELSI - Health & Wellbeing & Children & Young People's Mental Health Service

Kent Pact

A forum for parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) within Kent local authority. Our aim is to make sure that services provided by education, health and care meet the needs of children with SEND and their families.

Fegans Counselling

Counselling Children, Supporting Parents

Anna Freud.org 

Transforming mental health by working with infants, children, young people and their families, their communities and professionals to deliver timely evidence-based support for all.

 Mind

We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Porchlight

Young people and family services who work with children, adolescents and their families with all kinds of needs.Moodspark  Young Minds

Every mind matters

Kooth 

Kooth is designed to support the wellbeing and resilience of young people and is available for 10-16 year olds in Kent.   Kooth provides a safe, secure means of accessing help via the internet.  By accessing Kooth, young people can benefit from:

  • A free, confidential, anonymous and safeway to receive support online.
  • Out of hours’ availability.Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop in basis.
  • Online Counselling from a professional team of BACP qualified counsellors is available via 1-1 chat sessions or messaging on a drop in basis or via booked sessions.
  • Discussion Boards which are all pre-moderated allow young people to access peer to peer support.
  • Online Magazine full of moderated articles many of which are submitted by young people offering advice and guidance on a huge range of topics.
  • No referral is required.  Young people can register for kooth independently at www.kooth.com

To find out more visit www.Kooth.com 

Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people from Kooth on Vimeo.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss what Kooth.com can offer, please address them to the school/[professional.  If you would prefer to contact Kooth directly, simply email parents@kooth.com.

KCC Wellbeing Toolkit for Parents

Helping parents and carers to support children's emotional wellbeing in times of uncertainty.

This is a recorded webinar and costs £20 + VAT.

The aims of this session are:

  • To provide you with a safe space to pause and reflect on your own emotional needs and the needs of your child.
  • Explore the possible impact that the pandemic has had on your family.
  • Gain an understanding on how to protect mental health and wellbeing in challenging times.
  • Take away top tips for helping your child thrive through resilience.
  • Start to build your own family wellbeing toolkit.