Welcome to the Parents' section created for you and your children.
All staff at Golden Valley take the well-being of our children seriously. All staff have received levels of training to enable them to both nurture and keep your children safe.
Mr Lynch, as Headteacher, is the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead and Mrs Jenkins and Mrs Dean are the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. Mrs Davis is the Safeguarding Link Governor. Mrs Morrison is the school's Learning Mentor and she meets children and their parents to help advise on well-being matters.
Both Mrs Webb (Classteacher) and Mrs Morrison have been recently trained as Youth Mental Health First Aiders.
North Somerset Council have produced a leaflet '5 Ways to Wellbeing' with small steps to look after your own and your child's emotional health. It's worth a read. A scanned copy can be found below:
It is not uncommon for children to suffer with anxiety. There are some useful documents to read that we have uploaded for you below.
There is a lovely letter addressed 'Dear You...' signed from your brain. It is a great read for older children but can be explained in simpler terms by an adult to a younger child.
'The Gradual Exposure' document shows a ladder of how to chunk in a manageable way the fear or worry that an anxious child would normally seek to avoid.
'What to do when you worry too much' by Dawn Huebner, PHD.
This book is suitable for both Key Stages 1 and 2 and is a kid's guide to overcoming anxiety.
'Starving the Anxiety Gremlin' by Kate Collins-Donnelly
This book is printed for children aged 5-9 and there is another book printed for older children and teenagers.
'The Unworry Book' from Usborne
This is an activity book that has many fun and helpful things for children to complete without needing supervision. It has doodling pages, joke pages, rip it and breathing exercises. It is most suitable for children for children aged 7 or over as they can enjoy completing it alone as a way of self-soothing.
'The Invisible String' by Patrice Karst
This is a therapeutic story that can be used for separation anxiety, It is a lovely story that can be comforting in many ways.
Below is a link to a video of Mrs Morrison reading 'The Invisible String'.
Sadly some of our children and the families suffer the death of a loved one. School staff will always ensure that the bereaved child is treated with sensitivity and extra care during this traumatic time in their lives. There are some lovely children's books that may comfort your child at this time. Mrs Morrison is available to support any child who has suffered a bereavement.
'Badger's Parting Gift' by Susan Varley
'The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back' by Margot Sunderland.
It is not uncommon for families in our school community to suffer the emotional turmoil of separation and divorce. It is always useful to share this with an adult in school as it helps us to be more aware of the child's emotional needs and behaviour at this time.
The following book will help children understand separation and divorce:
'My Family's Changing' by Pat Thomas
YoungMinds Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544 which is free. Available Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm.
Parent Email: email@example.com
YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers.
Telephone 0800 1111
Childline is a counselling service for parents/carers, children and young people.
Telephone 0207 794 2313
Anna Freud is a children's mental health charity providing specialist help and training; they also carry out research.
This website teaches mindfulness meditation principles to improve mental health and well-being.
SHOUT - text 'shout' to 85258 for 24/7 crisis text support