At East-the-Water Primary School, we work hard to support your children with their wellbeing and mental health each day
We work hard to support your children with their wellbeing and mental health each day. We do this in a variety of ways such as:
- Every classroom has a calm corner with a Chill Skills box
- Having a strong pastoral team that run Chill Skill sessions
- Having meditation and peer massage sessions in classrooms
Chill Skills is our unique pastoral programme within school. Sessions provide children with the opportunity to talk about how they are feeling and to learn techniques to help them to feel calmer.
Chill Skills sessions introduce the concept of Mindfulness to children and encourage them to be able to identify and label their emotions, gain a better understanding of their brain and the flight/fight/freeze response, along with learning strategies that can help their regulation. Sessions also aim to build self-esteem and confidence and support children to overcome any emotional challenges they may be facing.
Chill Skills sessions are bespoke and tailored to the needs of each child.
Online resources for parents and children
Online there are a range of websites that may be of interest. Please click on the links below if you are interested in finding out more.
Happy Maps – Mental and emotional help and resources for parents.
Stop Breathe Think – Provides young people access to free 1-1 counselling.
Relax Kids – Relax Kids supports your children’s mental and emotional health and wellbeing with a range of tools and techniques to help calm their body and mind and build confidence and self-esteem.
Youngminds – Youngminds provide young people with tools to look after their mental health. Their website is full of advice and information on what to do if you’re struggling with how you feel. They also empower parents and adults who work with young people, to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives.
Mind – Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Devon Partnerships Talkworks – Talkworks are a team of qualified psychological wellbeing practitioners and psychological therapists. They have five team bases across Devon where they are able to see people locally in a wide range of settings, including GP surgeries, hospitals, community centres and children centres.
Kooth – Kooth provide free, safe and anonymous online support and counselling. The Kooth team are made up of friendly and experienced individuals who want to help you.
Rethink – Rethink provide support to improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through their network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning. Their goal is to make sure everyone severely affected by mental illness has a good quality of life.
NHS – self help tips, guides, tools and activities to support and improve your mental health.