At Hatcham Primary we value a child’s mental health as much as their physical health. We want to equip all children with the skills to take care of their minds and emotional wellbeing. Throughout our whole curriculum we are developing ways to help children improve their well-being through outdoor learning, e-safety and PSHCE lessons.
At Hatcham Primary, we know the importance of effective pastoral support. Our SENDCO and Family Liaison Officer work closely with vulnerable children and their families. But we know that sometimes, parents may want to access resources and support in their own time.
We hope that the list below will help support you and your family. Please don't hesitate to contact a member of staff if you need someone to talk to about any of these issues.
ChildLine has some excellent resources for children who are struggling mentally with the situation
My Corona Book is a simple story for young children about the virus.
What is the corona virus? is an autism-friendly social story.
My story about pandemics is an autism-friendly social story about what is happening for older children and teens.
Clear information for adults about the coronavirus
This video and article can give you advice on how to talk to your children about the virus
Hub of Hope will show you mental health resources in your local area
MENCAP - support and information for people with a learning disability and their families
Stand Alone - support and raise awareness about adults that are estranged from their family or children.
All children and young people feel worried sometimes, and this is a normal part of growing up. Anxiety can become a problem when a young person feels stuck in it, or when it feels like an overwhelming, distressing or unmanageable experience. If your child is struggling with anxiety, there are things you can do to help them.
Below are some resources to help you understand anxiety and how to help support your child:
As adults, we can usually identify how we are feeling and can self-regulate enough to handle our emotions. For children this kind of emotional intelligence can be tricky, but the good news is that this is a skill that can be developed and practised. Below are links to various websites and resources which will help you and your child to identify their feelings and give some techniques to help: