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Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School
Learn to Love – Love to Learn!

Mental Health and Well-Being

Nurturing mental health and building emotional resilience is a priority in our school.


Our school day is planned around the children's social and emotional needs. The children start the day with Toast, Talk and Tales. This gives the children time to talk with their friends and the adults in the classroom. Each child can share how they are feeling by placing their wooden person on a named emotion. Adults respond to this and support children when needed. 

During 'learning time' we nurture children's confidence, self- esteem and well-being through many different ways. Our continuous provision from Nursery to year 1 fully embeds this too. 

After lunch, we have a mindfulness session and yoga to relax and calm the mind. Children can place their wooden person on the emotion they are feeling. 

At the end of the day we have reflection time in collection worship. 


Our classrooms are based on the hygge philosophy; calm, natural, inclusive and homely. This enables children and staff to feel safe, happy and warm. 


The adults in school are trained to support children with emotional needs and raise the profile of a positive mental health. We are a kind, friendly and nurturing family with big hearts. 


Children who are suffering from mental health issues can get extra support through different agencies and the THRIVE programme that we offer. 


The mental health of pupils is extremely important to us, but so is the mental health of the staff. Using a hygge approach we ensure that staff are supported and their mental health is a priority.


As a parent or guardian your mental health matters too! Look after and be kind to yourself, we are always here to listen if you need to talk.