Everything we do is focused on helping our children believe in themselves so partnering Place2Be is a natural next step in our constant and pioneering commitment to removing boundaries that can limit our children’s potential.
Working with parental involvement and approval, Place2Be is a leading children’s mental health charity helping schools to put children’s emotional wellbeing at the heart of their education, to tackle stigma and provide professional support by appointing a school-based capacity to take a ‘whole school’ approach.
Karen Seal, a dedicated in-house school project manager runs our two therapy rooms located in Nash House (for Little Stream children) and Upper School – for one to one counselling and small group drop in sessions. Children also make use of the informal Place2Talk sessions where they can freely talk about friendship issues, self-esteem and anxiety. If we feel that an enhanced level of support would be valuable, children have the opportunity to benefit from one to one counselling with one of our six Counsellors on Placement. This is available as part of the universal school offer with no additional financial cost to our parents.
Opportunities for parents
The partnership between school, parent and child is fundamental to providing the best outcomes for the children and where necessary, we provide help to parents by signposting them to additional support beyond school.
Our highly regarded Place2Be School Project Manager has initiated a number of talks and workshops for our parents designed to deepen their understanding of their children’s needs and to support them with the challenges of parenting.These information sessions have been very well received by our parents and we are continuing to develop this strand of support for the school community.
What the children think
Year 5 child ‘I love Place2Be because I worry a lot and it is awesome……If you need it, you can have a weekly chat with a Place2Be adult. My life at school has changed to positive since I had Place2Be on my side. … Everyone has a struggle once in a while, so you don’t have to have a weekly chat, just go to Gemma once in a while. … Place2Be know loads of tactics to help you calm down, sometimes so much you forget what your worry is!’
The power of the support offered to children through Place2Be is demonstrated by this song ‘Talk to Somebody’, written and sung by two boys in Year 8, performed during Children’s Mental Health Week