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Wellbeing and positive mental health (ELSA)

Young Carers Autumn Newsletter 2023

Young Carer Awareness and Support


Our wonderful group of Young Carers meets twice every half-term, either side of the holidays.  If you consider your child to be a Young Carer, please make their class teacher aware so we can support them in school.


For more information on Young Carers, please visit Surrey Young Carers by clicking here

February 2023: Parent Workshop on anxiety


At Beacon Hill we feel that is essential to support our children's emotional development as well as focusing on their academic progress. We are very lucky to have three staff members as trained ELSAs, who regularly offer support to children across the school.


ELSAs are emotional literacy support assistants. They are teaching assistants who have had special training from educational psychologists to support the emotional development of children and young people in school. ELSAs have regular professional supervision from educational psychologists to help them in their work.


ELSAs help children and young people learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them. They provide the time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how they manage them.


Below are some ELSA activities you can try with your child at home:


Further support: Surrey Mindworks and CAMHS


This website is full of information on support available in Surrey, covering: mental health, anxiety, neurodiversity, identity, trauma, eating disorders, self-harm and much more.


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are an NHS service that aims to help young people up to the age of 18 who are finding it hard to manage their emotional and psychological health, and who are suffering with acute, chronic and severe mental health problems.  There services are also on the Mindworks website.


CAMHS videos to support mental health

These are 10-15 min films focussed on supporting primary aged young people with their mental health. It is a series of activities they can try which will support good mental health. All the films do a check in which encourages young people to think about and understand their emotions.


  1. Soothing Rhythm Breathing 
  2. Peaceful Place imagery  
  3. Activity and Boredom Jar 
  4. Making a Self Soothe Box 
  5. Muscle Relaxation 
  6. Grounding Exercise 
  7. Body Scan 
  8. 5 Finger Positive 
  9. Breathing Techniques 
  10. Goal Setting 
  11. Getting Sleep 
  12. Positive Affirmations 
  13. Colour Breathing 
  14. Our Bodies 


Useful Links and videos:


Parenting Top Tips click here to watch 

Separation Anxiety click here to watch 

Strategies for managing anxiety click here to watch 



Support for parents: How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behaviour   


Challenging behaviour and negative emotions:  The Maudsley Charity have put together simple evidence based tips formulated by researchers and NHS mental health experts.  


Looking After Ourselves:  Tips and resources on how to look after ourselves and promote our own positive mental health and wellbeing. 


ELSA Support Website: Here you will find lots of great activities to do with your children to support their emotional wellbeing. 


Surrey Family Learning to support you and your family: Free online parenting courses for parents and carers, including grandparents, who lack confidence or are struggling to support their children with school, homework or behaviour issues.


Be Your Best Surrey: Helping your family to better health by supporting them to eat better and move more.