We use the World Heath Organisation’s definition of mental health and wellbeing:
…a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her own community.
Barbara Charles - Family Link, Pastoral and Safeguarding Lead, Lead Mental Health First Aider
At our Federation of Nursery Schools, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community; pupils, staff, students, parents and carers. We recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health.
We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement. Persistent mental health problems may lead to pupils having significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of those of the same age.
Equally as important is Parents/Carers Mental Health because parenting is the most difficult job, we need to be starting off from a good place in order to cope with the daily challenges.
Staff wellbeing is a core value for our Executive Headteacher Nicci Burton, as well as for our Senior Leadership Team. In order for our children to develop into strong, confident, capable adults, they need to be guided, taught and supported by adults who have the same support.
We have our Wellbeing Governor, Wendy Dodd, who is responsible for semi annual visits to the settings to ensure Staff Wellbeing is a core value. We monitor staff wellbeing with ongoing assessments, anonymous surveys which shape our future training offer, and regular training sessions concentrating on Wellbeing. If you would like to get in touch with Wendy please contact email@example.com.
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