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Hayeswood First School

Are you worried about a child's mental health

In the UK today, an estimated five children in every classroom have a mental health problem. (

At Hayeswood First School we take mental health seriously. Please click here to see our Mental Health Policy 

What is Mental Health?

Mental health can manifest in many different ways. A child could present with sadness, anger, low appetite, tired, emotional or just behaving differently or unusually. Changing mood is part of growing up and is perfectly normal, however if a child is not bouncing back from these changing moods or you have concerns, please speak with someone.

Wellbeing has never been as important as it is now.

At Hayeswood First School we recognise that good mental health is as important as good physical health. Our pupils are taught self-care techniques, including recognising and managing emotions, exercise, relaxation and how to build relationships through a rich and varied curriculum. We teach our children how they can help others with their mental health in age appropriate ways.

Working with parents

Parents are an integral part of our goal to strive for the best possible mental health for our children. We actively promote good mental health for all and make it part of our mission to further educate our parents, local community and beyond about the benefits of good mental health.

Parents are always included in any concerns we have about a pupils’ health. We ensure that parents have a voice and recognise their contribution

The Environment

Calm & Peaceful Classrooms – our learning environments are set up to be safe and calming places for pupils to learn.  Adults understand the importance of creating spaces that are conducive to good mental health.

Appealing Nature & Beauty - our fantastic grounds allow us to ensure the children are able to enjoy the beauty of the natural world all year round.  


If you are worried your child may be experiencing mental health issues, please talk to your child’s class teacher or Mrs Sarah Fairman, Deputy Headteacher and Inclusion Lead

What is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)?

CAMHS is an NHS service that supports children with serious mental health related issues. A CAMHS referral can be made by the school or via your GP. 

Further support and advice can be found on the following websites:

GBTQ CyberBullying: A guide for Parents



Children's Mental Health



Child Mind

Young Minds

Mental Health - Anxious Child

Mind Dorset


The Importance Of Sleep For Kids


Gosh NHS

The Sleep Charity

Healthy Eating

Kids Health

Happy Children

Parents - Raising Happy Children

Dorset School Nursing Team

Dorset Health Care