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Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health

At Fairhaven Primary School we work with Little Think UK ( to develop positive mental health in school.  In conjunction with Little Think UK we run after school clubs, lunchtime pastoral support groups and offer our Mindfulness Monday sessions to all pupils.

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Primary Wellbeing Toolkit


5 Ways to Wellbeing

Research tells us these proven five simple ways can make a big difference to a child’s happiness and help build their confidence and resilience.

It’s the well-being equivalent to ‘five fruit and vegetables a day’.

Try and build these simple actions into everyday life.



• Take time to talk about feelings and listen

• Share mealtimes to talk about their day

• Find activities you can enjoy together as a family

• Encourage them to see their friends outside of school rather than by phone or online



• Go for a walk, run, skip, cycle, swim, dance – whatever they may enjoy, indoors or outdoors

• Find a local group sport or activity they can join

• Exercise is a mood booster and a great way to feel good



 • Take them out to a park, woods, the seaside or even a different part of the city or town so they can enjoy a varied environment

• Encourage them to notice how they are feeling and how they can process their emotions in a positive way



• Learning isn’t just for school. Encourage them to read ‘just for fun’

• Pass on skills like cooking, sewing, model making, photography and DIY so they know that learning can be fun


5    GIVE

• Help them to be kind, share and show interest in others

• Encourage them to do something nice for a friend, family member or charity

Here are 5 tips for how you can improve your children and pupils' wellbeing

  • Step 1. "Teach them to be themselves" - Helping children to realise their strengths is a great way to build their confidence. Encourage children to notice and appreciate their own strengths, and those of others too.
  • Step 2: "Be grateful"- Help children to bring attention to what’s working well in their life by developing gratitude skills. To develop these skills, you can use techniques such as starting a gratitude journal or have a gratitude list discussion at breakfast/dinner.
  • Step 3: "Help them be more mindful"- A way in which we can help our children develop these skills is drawing for 10 minutes. Simply set a timer for 15 minutes and ask your child to draw something they can see. This activity isn’t about what the child decides to draw, it’s about whether they are able to focus on the activity and bring their attention back if they get distracted.
  • Step 4: "Be kind" - There are thousands of ways children and adults can show kindness every day, it can be fun to sometimes turn these small acts into every day rituals.
  • Step 5: "Teach them the importance of resilience" - One way to build resilience in children is to help them develop a growth mindset. Children with a strong mindset are more likely to try again when they fail, and also to attempt to learn how they can improve.
Other Helpful Resources


Talk to your GP who will be able to provide further advice and support.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is actually a perfectly normal human state – and despite its presence in the headlines as a major player in the mental ill-health of many people – it actually has its uses!

At moderate levels of anxiety, a person’s performance and attention to detail can improve. However, it becomes a problem when the feelings become more intense, last for a long time and begin to negatively impact on how well you can do things, your enjoyment of things and family life.

In general, stress and fear are seen as responses to specific, external factors, whereas anxiety is often internal and is usually concerned with what could or might happen. If you feel that your child is constantly anxious and doesn’t seem to improve with your support, it’s important to make an appointment to see your GP. However, there are some things you can do to support your child and this booklet goes through some of them.

A copy of the booklet be found by clicking on the click below:

When Emotions Explode

The importance of a good night's sleep

We all know that our sleep is important to us. It helps us regulate ourselves and to learn well. You might like to have a look at this information together and think about the importance of getting a good night's sleep! 

Useful Resources from CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

Online Safety Tips

Setting parental controls for your home broadband is the easiest way to filter and restrict inappropriate websites on any device connected to your home wifi. Making sure your children's devices are set up safely will help you to make sure they get the best out of their device. The website has some great advice, simple instructions and helpful tips on just about every device, wifi provider and games console to help you keep your children safe at home. 

We have added a few of their really helpful guides below but clicking on the link will give you access to all the resources that you need. We really can't rate their site enough! 

Parental controls for Android phones 

Parental controls for Apple iPhones 

Parental controls for Android tablets 

Parental controls for Apple iPad 

Parental controls for Vodafone mobiles (other networks can also be accessed by clicking here - other networks)

Parental controls for Netflix 

Parental controls for YouTube 

Parental controls for XBox Live (other games consoles can be accessed very easily by clicking here - other games consoles)


The checklist below, from the website InternetMatters, gives some simple tips to make sure you have a head start. 

Are you safe online?


TheDigital Parenting booklet from Vodafone is now available. There is lots of good advice for parents to help keep their children safe online, we recommend the read! 

Vodafone Digital Parenting booklet 

We've been learning about Internet safety and have looked at an array of websites and internet "dos" and "don'ts".

We have learnt that: 

  • Once it's online you can't take it off! 
  • THINK before you upload and post. 
  • Think about what you type. If the message was sent to you, how would you feel?

The NSPCC have some great advice and tips for parents who want to understand more about keeping their children safe online. You can find these great resources by clicking the link below. 

NSPCC Online Safety 

Everyone should: 


S - Stay safe 

M - Don't meet up 

A - Accept emails only from people you know

R - Remember that information on the Internet isn't always reliable

T - Tell someone if something happens that makes you feel upset


Using tools such as Skype can be good for keeping in touch with others, especially if you have friends or family living abroad. But you still need to remember that safety rules should still apply. Don't talk to people you don't know and don't arrange to meet up with anyone you only know on the internet. Children should also not be sharing inappropriate photos or videos online. 


We have some tips for staying safe online which are included in the links below. Watch each video clip and have a think about what you could do differently to keep yourself safe. If you're a parent watching you are very important - you can find some more advice about keeping your children safe at the link below! Make sure you take some ideas to keep your children safe as well.

Be the Pond | Cosmic Kids Zen Den - Mindfulness for kids

A short mindfulness video for kids. In this episode of Cosmic Kids Zen Den I explain in a kid-friendly way that we are separate from our feelings. They come ...

Mindfulness Meditation for Kids | BREATHING EXERCISE | Guided Meditation for Children

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Relax Music for Stress Relief, Study Music, Sleep Music, Meditation Music 💜 528Hz

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