Our regard for the children’s wellbeing is at the heart of our practice here at Gateway. A safe and happy child will absorb experiences, make links, develop new connections and feel free to experiment with their learning. From their very first experience of Gateway our youngest children settle quickly with the experienced staff team through some carefully planned getting to know you activities and through forging vital links with parents. Once the children feel safe, secure and happy here their confidence soars and their learning follows. I have been delighted to watch how well the children are working in their class groups and we certainly seem to have our happy and vibrant school back together.
We believe that the well being of all the children here is so important. A focus on mental and physical wellbeing will be at the forefront of our practice this year as this has been selected as one of our focus areas for this year. As we all know we are living through very difficult and uncertain times at the moment and it is vital that we all ensure the wellbeing of our young people is kept centre stage. The older children will continue to benefit from their mindfulness lessons and the younger children will be accessing the ‘Headspace’ app resources as part of their day. Our timetable has been generated to ensure all classes have protected time to talk and to explore their feelings as we know this is such an important part of supporting the children through this uncertain period. School Council representatives will be helping us to develop other ideas to support the mental and physical wellbeing of the school population which I look forward to sharing with you later in the term.