Children’s Mental Health Week – 4th – 10th February 2019 – Healthy: Inside and Out

Set up by the children’s mental health charity Place2Be, this designated week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme of Healthy: Inside and Out encourages everyone to think about how they look after their bodies and minds.

When people talk about being healthy, they are usually thinking about eating the right food, exercising and getting enough sleep. Place2Be reminds us it is important to look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too. Mental health issues are not restricted to adults: schools recognise that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions and many struggle with difficulties in every day living.

Our bodies and minds are connected, so simple things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help healthy inside and out our mental wellbeing too. It doesn’t have to be difficult.

Place2Be has produced a range of resources to support parents and children in thinking about how they look after their bodies and minds. It might be talking to each other, a friend or a trusted adult; noticing something that makes you feel good and thinking about why it does; or deciding to do something new to look after your body and mind.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s bodies and minds are different. There’s no such thing as a perfect body or mind so people might pick different things that help them feel Healthy: Inside and Out – and that’s OK!

For more information, including guides for parents, carers and children, check out the Place2Be website at: www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

If you are a child or parent, you can find out about organisations that can help at: www.place2be.org.uk/usefulcontacts

Children and young people can also call the Childline helpline at 24 hours a day on 0800 1111

Brexit implications for rural Highland – discussion event at Eden Court on 15th March

Highland Third Sector Interface are holding a discussion on the post-Brexit community development landscape in Highland. The event will consider the implications for rural Highland after Brexit, how that relates to community development and the impact of the loss of LEADER Funding. 

Where: Eden Court, Inverness
When: 15 March 2019
Book a place: email [email protected]

SQA Early Learning and Childcare Resource

The SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) has developed a website that offers free resources designed to support learners studying for Early Learning and Childcare qualifications. 

You can access the website by visiting: http://www.elcresource.co.uk/

There are sections on early baby, outdoor nurseries, pre-school, care experience, as well as information on careers in ELC. 

“Food Matters” – A new resource from the Care Inspectorate (featuring Junior World)

Food Matters is a resource by the Care Inspectorate that highlights examples of good practice from across the ELC sector in relation to food and nutrition. The resource compliments NHS Health Scotland’s ‘Setting the Table‘, the nutritional guidance and food standards for the ELC sector. 

You can view the resource on the Care Inspectorate website by clicking here.

The guidance features case studies from ELC settings across Scotland, including Junior World in Nairn. 

Here’s an excerpt from the guidance, in which Jayne Macintosh, Junior World Manager, talks about their gardening project: 

“Donations of seeds, bulbs and resources for the garden led to them growing produce. Children
delighted in growing their own strawberries and commented that they tasted better than any they had
eaten before. The gardening project expanded to include growing radishes, cucumbers, and tomatoes
as well as herbs and flowers. The children now take extra delight in ensuring that Jayne, the manager,
always has fresh flowers in her office. They also show their parents what they have been doing, taking
real pride in their achievements.”