Home School Link Worker

Hello parents and carers,

Please remember that we want to continue to support you and your children during these unprecedented and challenging times. 

My timeslot on the 'live chat' is 10 - 11am every week day. I can be contacted at all times on my email: r.hull@elson-jun.hants.sch.uk

or school mobile: 07572 483197

 

FACEBOOK page - google: 'Keeping together when we are apart' Facebook page'

We are already a large community supporting each other, sharing ideas and just keeping in touch. Please join us.

 

Mental Health Awareness Week - 18th - 24th May 2020 - The theme this year is KINDNESS, both to others and to ourselves. 

I have added an activity pack to the documents at the bottom of this page. 

 

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Educational Psychology Telephone Support Line
Now open to parents / carers
In line with government direction around social distancing and the impact of setting closures on access to our service, we want to reassure you that our service remains available for any consultation and telephone support. In addition to any contact between schools and their link EP, we are also offering a Telephone Support Line during this time which will be:
• A daily telephone support line provided by educational psychologists for staff in all settings;
• available each day from 9.30am -12.30pm and 1.00pm – 4.00pm;
• for any queries related to the emotional wellbeing of children and young people, their families and staff who know them.
From April 20 this Telephone Support Line will also be available for parents / carers to access for any queries relating to the emotional wellbeing of the children they are caring for.
 
02392 441 497
 

 CAMHS have just put some really useful resources on their website to support with Corona Virus. The resources are too large to post on the website but please take a look.

https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/help/young-people/coronavirus-help-support-and-advice/

 

Local author Clare Shaw has added a free book to her website explaining Corona Virus in a child friendly way. 

 https://www.flipsnack.com/CSKidsBooks/what-s-going-on.html

 

Please continue down this page for useful resources to support you and your family. There are also some document files at the bottom of the page with further resources and activities for specific groups.

I have recently added some resources that I have received from Winston's Wish which could support in the sad event of anyone in our school community suffering a bereavement through Covid-19.

 

Stay happy and healthy,

Rebecca Hull - Home School Link Worker / ELSA

 

 

A guide to making school closure / isolation as positive as possible

 

  • Try and maintain a daily routine of getting up and bedtimes during the week, keeping the weekends special.
  • Complete school work together during the morning and in the afternoon do some activities that will promote everyone’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

Activity ideas:

Go for a walk – lovely areas in our community to walk and get plenty of fresh air

Signs of Spring Walk – See how many signs of spring you can spot. Draw what you have seen when you get home.

Gardening – spend time outside, planting seeds, pulling up weeds. Maybe keep a seed diary.

Minibeast Hunt – how many tiny creatures are living in your garden / outdoor areas. Draw your favourite creature.

Go birdwatching – in you garden or local area. RSPB has a bird identifier on its website. You could even make a birdfeeder to encourage more birds.

Yoga  – you tube: cosmic kids yoga. Lots of yoga exercise with a story.

Relaxation exercises – you tube: cosmic kids relaxation.

Ball games – Great hand- eye coordination practice.

Bowling  – make skittles from empty plastic bottles!

Bike rides – explore on your bikes and take a snack.

Origami – a calm activity that builds resilience. Origamiway.com   has clear instructions for lots of creations.

Painting, drawing and play-doh. Get creative.

Make cards for those who we can’t see at the moment

Write a letter to a relative or friend

Bake – use your maths and science skills to make treats for your family

Junk modelling – raid the recycling bin and see what you can create

 

The Educational Psychology Service has published a list of helpful resources:

The Anna Fre;ud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity. They have a range of advice on their website, including advice for children, families, schools and colleges about how to support during periods of disruption: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

Talking to children and young people about coronavirus / COVID-19

General information for adults talking to children:

Talking to children with autism – advice for adults:

Stories and social stories to share with children:

For young people to access directly

Looking after your own mental health in relation to covid-19

General guidance for supporting anxiety

Websites

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. This NHS website offers advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a national children’s mental health charity which offers advice for supporting mental health and wellbing: https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/

Support for mental health and wellbeing of children and young people: https://youngminds.org.uk/

Information about supporting young people with anxiety: https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/anxiety-information/young-people-and-anxiety/

Calm is a worldwide app for guided relaxation and mindfulness. They have created free access to support guided relaxation in response to the coronavirus situation https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=715072-free-mindfulness-resources-from-calm&utm_source=lists%2F51225-Ultimate-LoveLife-Makeover- Summit&simplero_object_id=su_eWE1de2opeEQMZhT61XBFMVm

Apps

Headspace (mindfulness app) have launched a free section called Weathering the storm. This includes meditation, sleep and movement exercises.

ThinkNinja - an app specifically designed to educate 11-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well.

Smiling Mind – an app designed to support with meditation and mindfulness for children, families and schools. Their website (https://www.smilingmind.com.au/) provides lots of information and guidance and the app provides guided relaxation / mindfulness sessions. They also have a YouTube channel with lots of informative videos as well as guided meditation sessions also: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSP__8_QEFYdi0gY2F3CXfA

A fun and healthy start to the day is to take part in the Joe Wicks PE lesson in your front room, 9am on You Tube every week day. We are taking part with the children we have in school so, it would be nice to think of us all doing it together.

A new resource available to download is a story to help children who are anxious about the Corona Virus written by a Southampton nurse, it is called ‘Dave the Dog is Worried About Corona Virus’.

You can download it from: www.nursedottybooks.com

 

A local author Clare Shaw writes books to support children through difficult times.

Take at look at her website: www.cskidsbooks.com

Her books are also available on Amazon.

Clare has added a free book to her website explaining Corona Virus in a child friendly way.

https://www.flipsnack.com/CSKidsBooks/what-s-going-on.html

 

Below there are lots of useful links, activities and information. If you would like any of these resources printed off please contact me and I can arrange this for you.

 

Documents