Here at Abbey Fields our priority is for children, their families and staff to feel happy and settled. Day to day life is busy for us all , however we pride ourselves in being able to offer a supportive atmosphere for healthy minds and bodies.
Staff have undertaken significant training to be able to support this and we have staff who are part of the working party at Abbey Infants School that consistently review our shared policy.
Children take part in Yoga activities based on the Yoga Babies programme and staff have attended specific training offered by the IDS Team at Warwickshire to support and lead this.
Training undertaken by our team includes:
My Happy Mind Training (All staff)
Mood/Attachment Training with Warwickshire Primary Mental Health Team/MIND (Natalie Brookes- Jenkins and Elizabeth Venus)
NDNA -Supporting the Early Years Workforce Well- being (All senior staff)
Mental Health First Aid (Elizabeth Venus)
Mental Health Awareness Training -Warwickshire County Council (Alison House, Keisha McDonald )
Stress in the Workplace - Warwickshire Primary Mental Health Team (All staff)
We hold well- being weeks and recognise national charity events held in conjunction with Young Minds and Place2Be.
We have 3 staff members who have completed the Cache Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young Peoples mental health :
Natalie Brookes- Jenkins
The nursery has strong links with the health visiting team. Parents can access local support from the health visitor or midwife at your local GP surgery. You can also visit Riversley Children's Centre for advice and support.
The named link nursery health visitor is currently Liz Gentles and she visits nursery once a month.
The nursery is supported by two Dental Nurses from Oasis Dental Clinic. Lisa Smith and Tara Devaney visit the setting once or twice a year.
They give a fun packed talk to the children about healthy eating practices relating to your teeth , demonstrate toothbrushing, read lots of stories and send the children home with lots of goodies to support good oral hygiene.