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Child Mental Health and Wellbeing

At St James' Nursery and Infant School we believe that the emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.


Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:

  • being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
  • having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
  • being part of a family that gets along well most of the time
  • going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
  • taking part in local activities for young people.

Other factors are also important, including:

  • feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe
  • being interested in life and having opportunities to enjoy themselves
  • being hopeful and optimistic
  • being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed
  • accepting who they are and recognising what they are good at
  • having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community
  • feeling they have some control over their own life
  • having the strength to cope when something is wrong (resilience) and the ability to solve problems.


Most children grow up mentally healthy, but surveys suggest that more children and young people have problems with their mental health today than 30 years ago. That’s probably because of changes in the way we live now and how that affects the experience of growing up.


Below are links to some activities and resources to support your child's mental health and wellbeing at home. 

Wellbeing Tips!

Songs, stories and activities which encourage talk!

Ruby's Worry

The Colour Monster - a story about emotions

The Colour Monster - by Anna Llenas. Read aloud by Sherry. A story about emotions.

Stanley's Stick

Cosmic Yoga


Lots of our children enjoyed completing Cosmic Yoga via Seesaw and it is a gread way to help with wellbeing and mindfulness. Please find the link below to the Cosmic Yoga Page on You Tube, where you will be able to enjoy lots of different yoga sessions.