Health and wellbeing
We share responsibility with children and families to reduce risk of sickness and infection and learn and work safely together.
when are children best not in school?
Children should not be in school if they have symptoms of contagious disease or conditions including coronavirus. Days lost to working parents are fewer when contagious children are at home until they're no longer a risk of infection.
If a child is upset or anxious about an aspect of school it is important that parents or carers talk to teachers and do not allow their child a day off school. Absenteeism will only increase and prolong their anxiety. Children are best supported by maintaining good attendance with support in school to alleviate the causes of their anxiety. See below for more information on supporting children's emotional health and wellbeing.
WINTER FLU VACCINE PROGRAMME
Children will be offered a free flu vaccine in school from Reception to Year 6. You can find out more about how it will be administered and parental consent on the Gov.uk website and on the NHS website.
The 5 reasons list sets out why children should have the flu vaccine.
1. Protect your child - The vaccine will help protect your child against flu and serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
2. Protect you, your family and friends - Vaccinating your child will help protect more vulnerable family and friends.
3. No injection needed - The nasal spray is painless and easy to have.
4. It’s better than having flu - The nasal spray helps protect against flu, has been given to millions worldwide and has an excellent safety record.
5. Avoid costs - If your children gets flu, you may have to take time off work or arrange alternative childcare.
Common infections in schools
Coronavirus is likely to be one of the most common infections in school for some years. It is very important that children with coronavirus do not attend school while they are infectious. Families should follow the most recent government guidance.
colds and flu
emotional and mental wellbeing
Supporting children's and families' mental health and well-being
Family life is not always easy. One of the most common adverse childhood experiences is parental conflict, sometimes leading to separation and divorce. The Attachment and Trauma information below may help families minimise impact on their children.
Videos of tips based on the 1-2-3 Magic learning we provide for parents around supporting their children's behaviour at home. These are available via Google Classroom (you will need your child's log-in).
Train My Mind is a Cheshire based company supporting mindfulness.
Our E-safety page provides a wealth of advice for preventing the high risk of emotional harm, grooming and addiction from inappropriate online activity including social media.
Our Curriculum Health and Wellbeing team page has more information about physical, and mental health in school.
Links to support children's mental health and wellbeing
Children's Mental Health Week: resources for parents and carers
Creative Education: resources to support a worried child
How to talk to your child about loss - eventbrite 1st February
2 Simple: mental health guide for parents
Staying Calm and Positive: webinar for parents 3rd February 2pm