Here at Aldersbrook we strongly believe that a child’s mental and physical health is vital to them becoming a successful learner. Click on the links to learn more about how we support our children to develop their mental and physical health.
We are currently working towards our Healthy Schools London Bronze Award. For further information please visit their website: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/health/healthy-schools-london/awards/home
Healthy Early Years London
We have achieved a Bronze Award for Healthy Early Years London. This demonstrates our dedication and focus on supporting and developing our pupil’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing in our Nursery. For further information please visit their website https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/health/healthy-early-years-london/about-healthy-early-years-london
Below is a list of websites that you may find useful if searching for further support regarding your or your child’s health.
- FiND - Families Information Direct - One stop information advice service for families and people who work with them.- https://find.redbridge.gov.uk/kb5/redbridge/fsd/home.page
- Healthy Start - help to buy basic foods for women who are pregnant and parents/carers of children under 4 years of age. - https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/
- Change4Life - advice for everyone on a healthier more active lifestyle. - https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/
- Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme - list of locations in Redbridge where they welcome women who are breastfeeding. - https://www.breastfeedingwelcomescheme.org.uk/
- Aldersbrook and Wanstead Children's Centre - https://find.redbridge.gov.uk/kb5/redbridge/fsd/family.page?familychannel=2_2
- UNICEF - Promoting baby friendly foods and breastfeeding - https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/
- Redbridge stop smoking team – provides support and advice to parents/carers who would like to give up smoking -
- Check if your child is up to date with their immunisations - information on the local immunisation programme - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-complete-routine-immunisation-schedule
Mental Health & Wellbeing
We have a school-wide approach to mental health. We teach about mental health similarly to physical health. We strongly encourage children to talk about their feelings and techniques to do this are taught during lessons. We share discussions and teach techniques on how to look after your wellbeing such as breathing exercises and having a growth mind-set. We have yoga classes for some year groups and a school counsellor on site two days a week.
We also strongly value our staff and our wider community’s mental health. We have a dedicated mental health team who work on improving the understanding of mental health and promoting positive wellbeing behaviours. We have a weekly staff yoga club, approachable senior leaders and our school counsellor is also available for staff.
We recommend looking at this leaflet if you would like advice on talking about mental health with your children.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – You’re never too young to talk about mental health.
We also recommend our colleagues at Young Minds. All school staff have received training from Young Minds and we support their charity in fighting for children’s mental health.
Their parent support line is a free, confidential line for any parent or carer concerned about their child or a young person. The phone number is 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm).
Mental Health Team
Our mental health team consists of:
- Mr Hughes (Headteacher)
- Miss Bales (Mental Health/Healthy Schools Subject Leader)
- Mrs Gibson (KS1 Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
- Ms Dietz (KS2 Higher Level Teaching Assistant).
We have several staff who are qualified Mental Health First Aiders. They assist children, staff and parents/carers when mental health issues arise. They provide support and reassurance and help you to seek professional guidance. Our Mental Health First Aiders are:
- Mrs Gibson
- Ms Dietz
- Miss Dominique
- Mr Lewis
We are a very active school! We have a wide variety of clubs developing children’s physical health and promote active travel to school. In KS1 and KS2 our children learn about how to keep themselves physically healthy during their PE, DT and Science lessons. In EYFS our children learn about keeping themselves physically healthy when they go outside, eat snack, participate in cooking and gardening activities.