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Mental Health and Wellbeing at Moon's Moat First School

At Moon’s Moat First School we are committed to supporting the positive mental health and emotional wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times may need additional emotional support. We aim to do this through ensuring effective practice and provision is in place through universal, whole school and specialised approaches. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s responsibility and strive to ensure that our children and stakeholders understand the importance of looking after their mental health and wellbeing.

We use the 'Emotion Coaching' approach across school. 

Please click here to watch a short video about Emotion Coaching. 

What is Emotion Coaching? 

Emotion Coaching is based on the principle that nurturing and emotionally supportive relationships provide optimal contexts for the promotion of children's outcomes and resilience.  

Emotion Coached children and young people:

  • Achieve more academically in school

  • Are more popular

  • Have fewer behavioural problems

  • Have fewer infectious illnesses

  • Are more emotionally stable

  • Are more resilient

(Gottman 1997)

How does Emotion Coaching work? 

Emotion Coaching uses moments of heightened emotion and resulting behaviour to guide and teach the child and young person about more effective responses. Through empathetic engagement, the child's emotional state is verbally acknowledged and validated, promoting a sense of security and feeling 'felt'.  This activates changes in the child's neurological system and allows the child to calm down, physiologically and psychologically.

 Shooting Stars



Miss Vale and Mrs Watkins have completed the Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups course and are both qualified Nurture Practitioners. Mrs Watkins works closely with Miss Vale (SENDCo) and runs 'Shooting Stars' intervention groups in school (Year 1-4). 

Shooting Stars is a nurturing intervention used in school to provide additional support for pupils. We assess social and emotional needs, and carefully plan activities to provide the help and support required to remove barriers to learning. Some children may attend Shooting Stars to develop their social skills, or to learn ways to manage their big feelings. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please arrange to speak to Miss Vale. 

Mentor Link

Some children receive support from a mentor in school. School works closely with Mentor Link, who provide social and emotional support to vulnerable/ distressed children and young people. 


Please click the following links for further information: 


Mental Health Policy


PSHE Curriculum 


Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities 

COVID-19: Information and Resources

Letter from Miss Vale regarding wellbeing support at home for children and parents. 

Starting Well Partnership: Support for families during coronavirus (COVID-19).

On this page, you will also find a link in red to request parenting support. Alternatively, please get in touch with school and we can arrange for a Family Support Worker to get in touch with you. 

Here2Help Worcestershire 

This is a very useful site containing lots of resources and information to support families during COVID-19. 

Useful links: 

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust Wellbeing support guide for children, young people and families.


Here2Help: Staying at home wellbeing


Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19) 


Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) an easy-read guide to looking after your feelings and your body. 


Young Minds - Coronavirus advice and mental health support. 


NSPCC Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers. 



ELSA Challenges

Here are some links to mental health and wellbeing activities and challenges for you to complete at home. 


Home Challenge 1 

Home Challenge 2 

Home Challenge 3

Home Challenge 4 


Click here for more free resources. 


Cosmic Kids Yoga and Mindfulness 

This YouTube channel features lots of mindfulness and meditation activities specifically
designed for parents and children to do together.


Calm Zone

There are lots of ways to feel calmer. It's about finding what works for you. Childline's Calm Zone has breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help children to let go of stress.  


2021 Family Learning Courses

  • Parents can book on by searching the course title at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/courses
  • or by calling 01905 728537 to the Business Support line for help
  • Teachers, Teaching Support staff and professionals can book or refer parents onto this course too for families in need where they are unable to book themselves on independently or need extra support to attend
  • All courses are online but full support will be given to everyone that books to ensure they can access Zoom.
  • Website to book courses: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/courses
  • Facebook: @adultlearningworcestershire to follow to see any newly listed courses
  • Twitter: @WorcsAdultLearn to follow to see any newly listed courses


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