Health and Well-being

Children’s Mental Health

Social and emotional wellbeing creates the foundation for healthy behaviour and good educational attainment. Good emotional wellbeing helps in the prevention of behavioural difficulties and/or mental health problems.

At Sandown we have a weekly visit from Elsie- a Therapy dog. It is proven that pet therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also increase self-esteem and improve social skills.

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At Sandown we offer Drawing and Talking therapy that helps to support those who are not realising their full potential either socially or academically.   

Drawing and Talking is a safe and non-intrusive drawing technique for use with children who have suffered trauma or have underlying emotional difficulties affecting their mental health and well-being. The technique is based on Jungian and Attachment (Bowlby) theories.

Healthy Eating, Diet and Exercise

The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme help your child achieve 5 A Day.

Fruit and vegetables are a good source of the nutrients that children need and form part of a healthy, balanced diet.

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/Schoolscheme.aspx

Chartwell’s supply a nutritious hot meal at lunch time. Their philosophy of Eat, Learn, Live helps us to educate young people about how to lead a happy, safe and healthy lifestyle while contributing to a sustainable world.

https://loveschoolmeals.co.uk/east-sussex/

Change 4 Life is a fun child friendly website with games and freebies to encourage the whole family to make better food choices and try new recipes.

Encourage your child to walk or ride to school, join an after school club or take a trip to the park with a football or bike.

www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx

Illness

Not every illness needs to keep your child from school. If you keep your child away from school, be sure to inform the school on the first day of their absence. Our policy states that a child can return to school 24 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. Remember: if you're concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.

Dental Health

It is very important that all children are registered with a dentist and visit them twice a year. Teeth should be brushed for 5 minutes at least twice a day and sugary foods and drinks should be limited.

https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/Dentists/Hastings/Results/12/0.575/50.854/3/9713?distance=25

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/dentalhealth/Pages/Careofkidsteeth.aspx

Headlice

Please make sure you check your child’s hair regularly for lice and eggs. Pharmacies sell treatments to kill the live bugs but the best treatment is prevention! Use conditioner and a fine tooth comb regularly to go through your child’s hair.

www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Adult Mental Health

It is really important to speak to someone if you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or unhappy. This could be anyone from a trusted friend, family member to a professional such as a GP. At Sandown Miss Fraser, our Triple A Coordinator is also a person who can listen to how you’re feeling and offer support.

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/mentalhealth/Pages/Mentalhealthhome.aspx

Support for families with SEN

Bringing up a family isn’t always easy and having an additional need can make it more challenging. East Sussex Information for Families can give you information on support groups and activities for Children with special needs.

www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/specialneeds/sen/gettinghelp/default.htm

Behaviour

As children grow and develop they can display challenging behaviour and it is important to remain consistent, calm and positive with a child. There is lots of support for parents who are struggling to manage their child’s behaviour. It is important to remember that you are not alone and that usually children grow out of behaviours with a little guidance.

At Sandown we offer Triple P- a Positive Parenting Programme in the form of group discussions or 1:1 support. Please speak to Miss Fraser for more information or advice.

http://www.triplep-parenting.uk.net/uk-en/about-triple-p/positive-parenting-programme/