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Child & Family Well-being Lead

My name is Ali Keen and I am the Child and Family Wellbeing Lead.  I am employed by the school to help families and children with any issues that may arise that make it difficult for children to attend school or prevents them from enjoying their time at school and making the most of their education.

 

I am available for support if there are any issues that are impacting either children or families.  I can help with practical issues such as applying for free school meals or offering ideas to help with parenting. I also run regular coffee mornings and workshops, as well as the 'Wednesday Walkers' group, and all parents and carers are welcome to join us for these.

 

I run lunch-time drop-ins for KS2 children and am available should any child want support with any non-curricular difficulties.  I also work with individual children or groups of children within the school to support them with social, emotional or behavioural issues.

 

Please check below for a list of forthcoming workshops, links to some useful information for parents/carers, and a variety of support organisations within the borough. 

 

At the bottom of the page you can also find links to information about how to help children manage any worries about recent incidents in the news.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any queries, problems or ideas.  If I am not able to help you, I will endeavour to give you information about someone who can.

Contact me

Please check below for events happening in the summer term.  We will be focussing on 'Healthy mind, healthy body' and I will regularly update the diary of events and links related to each focus week.

Attending workshops is a really good way of meeting other parents and getting to know more about the support available. All these events for parents/carers will be held in the after-school club room which can be found in the Key Stage 1 playground, unless otherwise stated.  All parents and carers are welcome.

If you have ideas for future workshops, please contact me through the contact form above.

12th June-Healthy Eating Week

 

As part of the British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating week the school will be participating in lots of activities to encourage everyone to eat and drink healthily.

 

In school there will be a competition for children to design a healthy packed lunch poster, they can use the BNF’s healthy eating plate (see attached) to give them ideas. The winner will have their ideas shared on our school website.

 

Children will also be given a sticker for healthy eating if they bring in a healthy packed lunch or if they eat all the healthy food on their school dinner plate.

 

Each day children will be looking at one of these 5 challenges:

1. Have a healthy breakfast.

2. Have at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day.

3. Drink plenty

4. Get active

5. Try something new

 

As part of this week there will be a chance for parents and carers to taste the  school's hot meals on Thursday 15th June from 3-4pm.

 

What parents/carers can do to support their family’s healthy eating and drinking:

  • Have a healthy breakfast every day (including a drink).

    • Breakfast helps get the day off to a good start by providing some of the energy and nutrients we need to be healthy.

    • Having breakfast may help children do better at school!

    • Choose a higher-fibre or wholegrain starchy foods (e.g. wholemeal bread).

    • Have at least one of your 5 A DAY (e.g. chopped banana).

    • Always include a drink. Water and lower fat milk are good choices.

    • You could include dairy foods as they help to keep bones and teeth healthy.

    • You could include a source of protein (e.g. eggs).

  • Have at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.

    • Fruit and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals which help us stay healthy.

    • They contain fibre which helps keep our digestive system healthy.

    • Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular disease

    • Fresh, frozen, canned, dried and juiced types of fruit and vegetables all count!

    • A portion of fruit and vegetables is what fits into the palm of your hand.

    • Dried fruit (e.g. raisins) and beans or pulses (e.g. kidney beans) only count once each day. (Eat dried fruit at mealtimes, rather than as a snack, to reduce the impact on teeth.)

    • You can have one 150ml glass of unsweetened juice or smoothie each day.

  • Have at least 6-8 drinks every day.

    • The body is about 60% water and this is needed for many roles in the body. One role is to control our temperature.

    • We lose water when we sweat, breathe and use the toilet, so it is important we drink plenty.

    • If we do not drink enough, we can become dehydrated. This can cause headaches, tiredness and make it harder to concentrate.

    • Water, lower fat milks and unsweetened fruit juices or smoothies are all healthier choices.

    • Fruit juice and/or smoothies should be limited to a combined total of 150ml per day.

    • We should have at least 6-8 drinks each day.

    • When it is hot or if we are active, we will need to drink more.

  • Get active for at least 60 minutes every day (150 minutes over a week for adults)

    • Being active helps keep your heart healthy and strengths muscles and bones.

    • Being active can help you to stay a healthy weight.

    • Taking part in different physical activities can help us make new friends and learn how to be part of a team.

    • Being active can help us relax and stay happy!

    • Do any activity which makes you feel warmer, breathe harder and makes your heart beat faster.

    • As well as moving more, we also need to sit less.

  • Try something new related to healthy eating and drinking, cooking, where food comes from or physical activity.

    • Trying new foods and drinks can help us eat and drink a larger variety of nutrients.

    • Cooking a new dish can help us learn new food skills.

    • Visiting new places can helps us learn about where food comes from e.g. visiting a farm.

    • Trying new activities can help us meet new people, have fun and learn new skills!

    • Anything you have not tried before, such as: tasting a new food or drink; finding a recipe to cook with your family; growing food at school or home; visiting a farm or visiting a new park or swimming pool.

 

There is more information on the BNF website at http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/index.aspx

or you can contact me if you would like further information or support.

 

British Nutrition Foundation's Healthy Eating Guide

Please see below for resources from previous weeks.

Healthy Mind

Healthy Body

This term we will be spending some time thinking about how to keep our minds and bodies healthy. There will be activities for families and children, so look out for posters and emails to see how you can get involved.

Healthy Mind

Week beginning 2nd May: Emotions week – Notice it, Name it, Express it

This week is aimed at helping identify and naming emotions, noticing when they occur as well as learning to express them constructively.

Week beginning 8th May: Mental health awareness week

Planned to coincide with National Mental Health awareness week, the focus will be on sharing worries, finding support and managing stressful emotions.

Week beginning 15th May: Positive relationships

This week we will look at how to create more positive relationships at work, in the family and in friendships.

Week beginning 22nd May: Steps to Happiness

We will be sharing ideas on the things that are likely to make you feel happier and enjoy your life to the fullest.

 

Healthy Body

Week beginning 5th June: 'Get on up'

This week will focus on getting physical and the many different ways we can increase our activity.

Week beginning 12th June: Healthy eating week

Planned to coincide with the British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week, we will be looking at what we eat and drink and what changes might help us.

Week beginning 19th June: 'Cool down'

The importance of relaxation, stretching and sleep.

Sports day Friday 23rd June

Week beginning 26th June: Healthy mind; Healthy body

The last week will bring it all together; we will look at the interaction between mind and body. We will share reminders of what you can do to help you and your family, and where you can find information and support.

 

If you would like more information, please contact Ali Keen, Child and Family Wellbeing Lead either through the website, via email at alison.keen@stjosephs.rbksch.org.uk, or telephone: 020 8546 7178

Please click on the links below to find out more information regarding each subject/organisation.
  • Extra financial support available for eligible parents/carers of KS1 or KS2 children:
  • Parents, Teachers and Friends Association-Organises events and raises funds for the school; all parents/carers are members:
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