Child and Family Wellbeing during the COVID19 outbreak.
The current coronavirus pandemic is a serious source of worry to adults and children alike for multiple reasons. Many specialist providers have developed resources to help support mental health and wellbeing specifically with the current circumstances in mind. A number of them are signposted here and more will be added as they become available. Previously highlighted resources also remain useful. Support from school in this area also remains possible during the closure. If you feel that you or child needs extra support please contact us via the Faith and Family Support Officer contact form at the bottom of this page.
During this time our School Nurse Emma Higham has also made her contact details available directly to parents. Please be aware that Emma covers many schools and her availability will also be subject to change. However, at present her intention is to be able to try and answer your query within 2 working days.
School Nurse contact details:
Tel: 0161 912 2340
The wellbeing of our children is a priority at Bowdon Church School. Several Mindfulness activities have been introduced by class teachers and these work alongside a number of pastoral and therapeutic groups available to children by referral. Groups and interventions available include Lego Therapy, Nurture groups, Pet Therapy, Expressive Art and 1:1 active listening (Please see below for more details). Mindfulness activities used in school are sympathetic to our Christian Values and the children are encouraged to use them along with prayer and reflection.
Faith and Family Support Officer
We are very much aware of the pressure on families and have an increasing number of parents asking for advice with their children at home. Some of these requests can be met by the school nurse or special needs team but some come down to help with parenting and children’s behaviour at home.
Mrs Power as our 'Faith and Family Support Officer' co-ordinates the pastoral care on offer at Bowdon Church School and works to support children, parents and staff. Mrs Power is an experienced, qualified teacher and a qualified paediatric nurse with both clinical and academic experience.
Mrs Power's role involves the following:
developing faith, prayer and worship in school
supporting families with children’s behaviour at home
supporting parents needing advice
supporting children’s wellbeing and mental health
supporting the perpetrators of unkind and bullying type behaviours
supporting the targets of unkind and bullying type behaviours
If you feel you would like to contact Mrs Power about any of the above please use the contact form below.
Pastoral groups offer a nurturing and supportive space for children to focus on their social and emotional needs. The content of the groups is tailored to the needs of the individuals in the group. However, groups usually focus on developing social and emotional literacy. The aim of the groups is to help equip the children with the support, knowledge and skills they need to develop strategies to manage social situations, including school. A key intended outcome is the minimisation of any social, emotional or behavioural issues that may be causing barriers to children's learning in school.
1:1 Active Listening
Staff are available for children to express their worries to at all times. However, for some children a short, pre-arranged time to talk over concerns or work on strategies with a specified adult can be beneficial.
A fun, CBT based activity that builds social and emotional resiliance in children and young people. Offered by trained members of staff on a referral basis.
Our trained therapy dog Alfie is available for consultation by referral.
Lego® therapy is a social development program for children particularly beneficial for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other social communication difficulties. It uses children's love of playing with Lego® to help develop communication and social skills.
Expressive Art Groups
Expressive art allows children to put their feelings into artwork, giving children a safe outlet for emotions through an enjoyable activity while supporting development of artistic, expressive and fine motor skills.
A specific programme of activities available to selected children to help assist with remaining relaxed and focused.
Support at Lunchtimes
A variety of activities are available at lunchtimes to support any child who may sometimes prefer a more structured environment or a calmer space during this time. Activities available at different times of the week include: board games drop-in club, prayer and contemplation drop-in, art club and calm space in the reflection room.
Individual consultations and advice for parents
For more information contact Mrs Power using the contact form below.
Advertised intermittently via Parentmail or contact Mrs Power using the form below to express an interest.
By Referrral to outside agencies:
The School Nursing Service
Find out more information at: https://www.trafforddirectory.co.uk/kb5/trafford/fsd/service.page?id=iisjjIlFiZI
Trafford Sunrise Psychology Services
More information available at: https://www.justpsychology.co.uk/pages/28-trafford-sunrise
Information available at: https://www.trafforddirectory.co.uk/kb5/trafford/fsd/advice.page?id=zkk5r6JjZqA
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
For more information on the support on offer at Bowdon Church School click the icon below:
Further sources of help and support
For more information on what support is available from other agencies in Trafford please click the link below:
Useful links and resources
The Counselling and Family Centre
A Counselling service with a location in Altrincham https://www.thecfc.org.uk/counselling-services
Care for the Family
A Christian charity offering parenting, marriage and bereavement support for families https://www.careforthefamily.or
Support for bereaved children https://www.winstonswish.org/
Please use this form to make initial contact with Mrs Power about any concerns. Please expect 2 working days for a response.