Healthy Body, Happy Me

Nurturing children's mental wellbeing

Nurseries across the Old Station Nursery family normally take part in NDNA’s (National Day Nurseries Association) Healthy Body, Happy Me week, which supports nurseries to focus on key areas for teaching children how to keep healthy, safe and growing strong.


Healthy Body, Happy Me

Healthy Body, Happy Me

This year the NDNA’s Healthy Body, Happy Me week is from the 23rd – 27th March and you can join in from home! Below you can download some fun resources to do each day which will be suitable for children of all ages.

Happy Body, Happy Me: Week planner and poster

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Monday activity guide: mental well-being

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Tuesday activity guide: physical well-being

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Wednesday activity guide: emotional literacy and communication

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Thursday activity guide: environmental well-being

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Friday activity guide: staff well-being

Although this activity guide focuses on staff in nurseries, there are some helpful tips which we want to share with all parents to take back to your place of work. There are also a few tips in the download that will be helpful to do when at home for long periods of time.

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other ideas

Other useful links

The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental wellbeing allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

Other useful links

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing resource pack by Usbourne: This pack is suitable for children from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2. The pack focuses upon recognising and understanding feelings.

Click HERE to download the Mental Health and Wellbeing resource pack by Usbourne.

  • BBC Bitesize – 5 ways to support children’s mental health: Social distancing and self / family isolation is essential to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, but this may also present some big challenges to our wellbeing as we adjust to new routines.

Click HERE to access five ways you can help children keep their wellbeing topped up – and your own, too.

  • The Daily Mile: To support the health and wellbeing of children while they are at home, The Daily Mile have recently launched The Daily Mile at Home. The aim is to encourage children to participate safely with their parents/carers in The Daily Mile – 15 minutes jogging or running, front door to front door. Every Monday, there will be three fun challenges for children to complete during the week.

Learn more information on the website. Click HERE to access it.

  • Headspace: A collection of meditation, sleep and movement exercises to support people through this time of crisis, however they’re feeling. Free section called “Weathering the storm” available without subscription.

Download the app or click HERE

  • Positive affirmations:  Lots of people choose to use positive affirmations to make specific changes or to support their anxieties. They can also be used to boost self-esteem and limit negative self-talk. It is important to practise positive affirmations daily for the best impact.

To try three positive affirmation activities with your children, click HERE

  • myHappymind help nurseries, schools and families to create a positive mental wellbeing culture in which children build resilience, self-esteem, and character. In order to help parents during this difficult time, myHappymind have created a Light Edition program, for you to use with your child at home.

Click HERE to download instructions to create a  free user account that will give you instant free access to the learning resources.

Watch some of our videos linked to yoga and relaxation on our video page. Click HERE to jump to our video resources page.

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