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Wellbeing at Priory Park Infants

At Priory, we place supporting the wellbeing of all of the members of our community at the heart of all we do.

 

 

We celebrated Children's mental health week 2022 in School by joining in with a number of different activities to help us to learn about our own, and others' mental health. This included calming activities such as Yoga and drawing as well as showing different emotions on our faces and writing about what makes us happy. We also learnt about how using unkind words and actions cannot always be taken back. We ended our week by 'dressing to express' by wearing our favourite clothes.  

 

                                      

We have a number of members of the team who are part of our wellbeing team.

 

My name is Sophie Bolger and I am an Assistant Headteacher at Priory Park Infants as well as a Reception Class Teacher. Most recently I have received a certification as a ‘Senior Mental Health Lead’, a role that seeks to drive improvement in supporting and implementing well being and mental health support for Staff, Children and their Families.

 

 

 

I'm Kate Yelland and my role as a Family Support Worker is to provide families with further tools and strategies, suggest resources or sometimes just listen and let them share and offload. I’ve completed various training to support my role from anger management and child bereavement to the completion of the CAMH foundation module as well as being a Mum of 3!

 

 

I’m Debs Gray. My passion and role at PPI is centered on the nurture and emotional wellbeing of our children. I support children struggling with their emotions, anxiety and behaviour to help them understand their feelings and enable them to access their learning, as well as being a Drawing and Talking Practitioner

 

 

My name is Natasha Prince and I am the Special Educational Needs Coordinator at Priory Park Infant School.  A substantial part of my role is to ensure that children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs are met through a varied and individual curriculum and provide additional support for children and families where needed. If you ever need support myself and the PPI Team are here to help.

 

 

My name is Lisa Worsfold and I am the Special Needs co-ordinator and Deputy Manager at playgroup. I have recently completed the Mental Health First Aid certification. I have also been involved in helping many families in need over the years with support and a listening ear and am glad to be part of our well-being team.

 

 

My name is Jo Adamson and I’m the coordinator for the Rainbow Room and work with ou2 2 and 3 year olds. I enjoy being outside in nature and I am currently studying to be a Forest School Leader. The Forest Schools programmes has been found to have positive impacts on children's physical and mental health so I am looking forward to fostering a nature connection in the children at playgroup.   

We have produced a number of support newsletters

How Forest School at Priory Park Infants supports wellbeing

Being in a natural environment has been proved to reduce stress, and at Forest School our children have time and space to ‘be’, in a calming environment which enhances their wellbeing.

  If they need to, they are able to run and let off steam, as well as have times for calm reflection.

They are able to follow their own interests, and each idea is valued, which enhances their confidence and self esteem. 

And they gain a feeling of belonging -  they feel supported by friends and adults, because of the sense of community we build at Forest School.

 

For more information about Forest School please look under 'our Forest School' or follow our facebook page