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Getting the support you need:
Click on the links below to find out more about the various groups locally that offer support for families.
- Harpenden Plus Partnership of Schools support their children, young people and families across the district. Vista St Albans is an organisation that works with children, young people and families. They provide access to emotional wellbeing and early intervention to support families through difficult times.
- Families First is a directory of organisations, services and groups in Hertfordshire that can help you with problems you or your family may be experiencing.
- Families in Focus provides parenting courses that support parents, grandparents and adoptive parents in their local community to bring harmony, balance and enjoyment to family life.
- Healthy Young Minds in Herts provides information on Emotional Health and wellbeing support for children and young people in Hertfordshire.
- Keystone is a forward-looking organisation providing a range of workshops and talks designed to give parents and carers the tools to help children reach their full potential.
- Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust are responsible for health services delivered locally.
- Children and Young People's Therapies Advice Line for parents, carers and professionals who may have a concern about a child or young person and wish to discuss a potential referral to either Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech & Language Therapy 01992 823093.
- Hertfordshire Practical Parenting Programme for specialist family support covering a wide range of topics. Visit their website, call 01992 638000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental health & wellbeing
The following links take you to information on different aspects of supporting mental health and wellbeing:
- Guide to Helping Children Manage Anxiety - Anna Freud
- Well being support for parents leaflet.pdf
- Well being signposting guide.pdf
- Top tips for listening to your child.pdf
- 5 ways to well being leaflets.pdf
Zones of regulation
All of our children have been learning about ‘The Zones of Regulation’. Through learning about the Zones of Regulation children will begin to foster self regulation and emotional control.
What are the zones my child might talk about?
There are four zones to describe how your brain and body feel and you move in and out of them regularly. There is no good or bad zone because you need each zone at different times e.g. you need to be in the blue zone to go to sleep and in the red zone if a wild animal is chasing you.
BLUE Zone – Your body is running slow, such as when you are tired, sick, bored, hurt, sad, depressed, exhausted or shy.
GREEN Zone – Like a green light, you are “good to go.” You body may feel happy, calm, focused, appreciated, proud, thankful, being a good listener, being ready to learn, relaxed or content.
YELLOW Zone – This zone describes when you start to lose control, such as when you are frustrated, anxious, worried, silly, surprised, excited, nervous, annoyed, overwhelmed, scared, jealous, upset, uncomfortable, confused, embarrassed, grouchy or crabby. Use caution when you are in this zone.
RED Zone – This zone is for extreme emotions such as when you are elated, angry, terrified, mean, mad, yelling, being aggressive or being out of control. When you are in this zone, you are out of control, have trouble making good decisions and must STOP!
Encourage your child to talk about the zone they are in using language such as ‘I am in the blue zone, I am feeling hungry”. You could talk to them about strategies they can use to move out of yellow zone back to green, out of red zone, out of blue zone into green zone. These may be listening to music, doing exercise, using mindfulness techniques such as finger breathing, reading a book, bouncing on a trampoline, having a hug etc. If you have any further questions regarding this work, then please get in touch with Mrs Burley via the school office.