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Health and wellbeing

Social and emotional wellbeing supports healthy behaviour and good educational attainment. Good emotional wellbeing helps prevent behavioural difficulties and/or mental health problems.

Children’s Mental Health

At Sandown we offer Drawing and Talking therapy. It 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. It helps children who have:

  • suffered trauma or
  • underlying emotional difficulties affecting their mental health and well-being.

The technique uses 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.

Chartwell’s supply a nutritious hot meal at lunch time. Their philosophy is Eat, Learn, Live. It helps teach children to lead a happy, safe and healthy lifestyle in a sustainable way.

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

Ready, Steady, Go is an eight-week programme for children aged 4 to 11 and their families. The focus of the programme is to help families achieve and maintain a healthy weight by making small and achievable lifestyle changes with the support of a team of trained staff. The sessions cover a range of important lifestyle topics including healthy eating, being active, sleep and screen time. They are delivered in groups in local venues and last up to an hour or alternatively you have the opportunity to access 1:1 support.

The school PE curriculum follows the national Curriculum requirements for daily physical exercise. We also use REAL PE at Sandown to ensure our pupils are well both physically and mentally.

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


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 is that a child can return to school 24 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhea.

Remember: if you’re concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.

Dental Health

It is very important that all children register with a dentist and visit them twice a year.

Children should brush their teeth for 5 minutes at least twice a day and limit sugary foods and drinks. See Children’s teeth for advice on brushing and tooth care -


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

Adult Mental Health

It is important to speak to someone if you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or unhappy. Speak to a trusted friend, family member or a professional like a GP. At Sandown Miss Fraser, our Parent Support Advisor, can listen and offer support.

Support for families with SEN

Bringing up a family isn’t always easy and having an additional need can make it more challenging. See the East Sussex Local Offer for parent/carer support and support groups and activities for children with special needs.


As children grow and develop, they can display challenging behaviour. 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.

Being a parent is not always easy. You are not alone if you find it difficult sometimes. But it’s OK. Open for Parents are there to talk to if you want some more information on Parenting tips and/or advice.