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Welcome to our Wellbeing Page

 

Quote for the day

By being yourself, you put something wonderful into the world,

something that was not there before.

What is wellbeing?

"the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy" 

 

What do the Wellbeing Team do?

The job of the wellbeing team is to support pupils on an individual and small group basis to help them address any barriers to learning. Their role is also to help pupils raise their own aspirations and support them in achieving their full potential at Hampton.  Maybe your little one is just feeling uncharacteristically sad at the moment, or there has been a big change in your family circumstances and this is affecting him/her. For whatever reason you feel your child is not coping well in school [emotionally, socially or academically] please make contact with the school and the Wellbeing Team will do their best to either support you directly or point you in the right direction.

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness can improve our wellbeing and help us focus on the task in front of us rather than worrying about past or future events.

In school pupils will have the chance to talk about their feelings and thoughts with the idea to accept, investigate, work through and release.  Pupils are also given their own strategies to work on, whether this be at home or in school in order to help reduce stress, improve memory, empathy, concentration and to develop better creativity.

If you would like to try some mindfulness at home, there are some printable sheets at the bottom of this page.

For more information about mindfulness, click on the link below....

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-mindfulness-exercises-kids

 

ELSA

Specific programmes focusing on areas such as social skills, anger management or self esteem may be worked through if required and some children may access individualised support through ELSA or Mindfulness sessions.   Hampton Primary has chosen to participate in the ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) scheme which is organised by the Kent Educational Psychological Services. 

 

Play therapy

Play Therapy is a clinical practice that gives children the opportunity to work through and process their problems and difficulties using their natural form of communication - Play! We are very lucky to have our own in-house Play Therapist - Lou Clarke. 

Drawing and Talking

We offer our children, Drawing and Talking, when we feel they need a little extra support with their emotional and learning needs.  This program allows children to discover and communicate emotions through a non-directed technique. Our practitioner, Miss Chapman, works with individual children, in 30 minute sessions, once weekly for 12 weeks. Using this gentle and non-intrusive method, children get the time and support they need to progress.  

Meet the Team

Mrs Norman - Deputy Head and Wellbeing Team Lead

I have been working at Hampton for over 10 years and teaching for over 20! Initially I was Early Years/Year 1 Phase Leader which led me to being part of designing, setting up and opening up our own Little Hedgehogs Nursery in 2014 where I was given the role of Nursery teacher and was promoted at that time to Assistant Head. It was then that I was also asked to be Designated Safeguarding Lead. It has been during my time in this role that I have grown to understand just how important it is to look after our well being and mental health. For anyone to achieve and reach their full potential, they need to feel happy, safe, secure and most importantly, loved. Without these important factors, we cannot thrive. This led me to developing a huge interest in wellbeing and mental health, researching how we can get this right in schools for children and then finding myself being given the role of Wellbeing Lead and handing over my teaching responsibility to be out of class full time.  I really miss teaching and being in class, however, I absolutely love my job and my current role - I work with a fabulous team of people at Hampton who all have the same vision - that mental health and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.  

What makes me smile? Spending time with friends and family, real belly laughs, chocolate, baking cakes, seeing other people happy in their lives, walking, exercising and holidaying in The Lake District - where I spend the whole time climbing mountains and topping up my wellbeing!

Mrs Usman - Family Liaison Officer (Currently on Maternity leave)

I began at Hampton in March of this year. I have extensive safeguarding and family work experience with the NSPCC, local government and higher education and am particularly interested in Child Developmental Psychology following my degree. I love working with families and children at Hampton and am passionate about being a friendly, non-judgmental face (or ear) to listen and to help take the weight off and offer some guidance on ways to access support or make some positive changes if needed. The team here at Hampton always want the best for our families and children and to be part of that is a very special thing which I treasure greatly.

What makes me smile? My family, roast dinners and the beach (not all together though)

Miss Chapman - Learning and Behaviour Mentor

Having been at Hampton for 6 years, where I started my journey in Education,  I began as an LSA, supporting learning across the school, realizing more and more that my interests lie in children's mental health and wellbeing, I was lucky enough to join our amazing team. My family background is in Fostering and I grew up supporting many fostered siblings, as well as studying for a BSC in Psychology and Counselling, this has given me the skills and experience to better support our children.  Out of school, I enjoy long walks with my dog, spending time with my boys and our friends/family. 

Miss Appleby - Learning and Behaviour Mentor

I have worked at Hampton since 2015, firstly as a 1:1 and then as an LSA. Hampton has been amazing, not only for me working here but also for my own children who came here and loved it too! I have really enjoyed working with the children based in class but have realised my desire is to help in supporting children's well-being and I'm really looking forward to getting to know more of the children at Hampton!

What makes me smile? I love being with my friends and family, I also love eating, especially chocolate!'

 

Lou Clarke - Play Therapist

 

I have been a member of Team Hampton since 2010.  During that time my roles have included supporting children with special needs and children that are in care.  My time at Hampton has also involved spending a few very enjoyable years in the Well Being Team. 

I’ve always been interested in mental health and this lead on to me researching the benefits of Play Therapy.  Play Therapy is a clinical practice that gives children the opportunity to work through and process their problems and difficulties using their natural form of communication - Play!  I learned that through Play Therapy, it is possible that children can experience emotional healing and self-growth.  In 2016, with the full backing of Hampton, I trained and set up the Play Therapy Practice that now runs twice a week.

There are many different reasons a child may come to see me.  Perhaps something has happened in a child’s life that is upsetting or worrying them.  Maybe a child is experiencing social, emotional, learning or behavioural problems.  You may have noticed a child who just seems very sad, angry or anxious and is not reaching their full potential.  The sessions offer each child a safe space to explore and work through their own unique thoughts, feelings and difficulties with someone that is trained to help them.

In addition to helping children and families in Hampton Primary School, you’ll also find me working in other schools around the area.  When I’m not travelling to schools, you’ll probably find me out walking with my dogs!

How can you help your child at home?

Think of FANTASTIC FRED. Who's FRED?

F.R.E.D is an acronym for the four practical ways in which children can help to look after their own good mental health:

Food – eating the right foods

Rest – getting enough sleep

Exercise – being active

Devices - digital devices and managing time online

Need support for your own mental health?

If you are feeling low or anxious, stressed or feel you are simply finding it difficult to cope at the moment, you can call the confidential Mental Health Matters Helpline for guidance and support. You can contact a trained and experienced support worker on 0800 107 0160.

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