It is our belief at John T. Rice Infant and Nursery school that in order for children to be effective learners they first need to feel safe and secure. Their well being, emotions and relationships need to be supported fully.
From the very first day the children start in Nursery we actively promote wellbeing. Staff work hard to form strong relationships with children and it is from these relationships that deeper understanding of where they fit within the world comes from.
All children in school are taught the Jigsaw scheme and focus upon relationships and understanding the world in which they live. Further to this, children are taught about feelings and emotions and how each different emotion makes the body feel. The children are introduced to the Mood Monsters, which helps them understand and make sense of those different emotions. This supports our Behaviour and Regulation policy.
Each class in school has a recognition board and staff and children are actively encouraged to promote positivity towards each other by explaining why someone should be added to the board.
Every Wednesday, for 15-20mins, the children experience a range of different strategies which help support them in their wellbeing.
1. Breathing - learning how to focus on breathing, its natural rhythm and flow and the way it feels on each inhale and exhale.
2. Outdoors - learning to appreciate the wonders of the world by going outside and being at one with nature.
3. Yoga - taking part in a form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing.
4. Music - listening to music and reacting to it
5. Mark-making / colouring - using creative resources to help pay attention to the present moment.
6. Sensory - using senses to explore different objects.
There are many ways you can support children's wellbeing at home and a few of the useful links are below:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrwfp4j (How can I talk to my kids about their emotions)
https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/supporting-others/childrens-mental-health/ (Looking after a child's mental health)