Chesterfield School is appealing for help with the finishing of the new treatment room
Whittington Moor Nursery and Infant Academy has transformed an unused classroom into a home care room to support the mental wellbeing of its students and the community.
The room, called The Saplings, features indoor plants, informal seating and a recycled dining table where children are encouraged to share positive news,
Its purpose is to support the development of the social and emotional aspects of the program – and although it is already in use, it is not yet completely finished.
Principal Lauren Kay said the school is still looking for resources such as children’s books and resources, beanbags, sofas and a kettle that will complete the project.
They are also hoping to succeed in their bid for a Tesco Community Grant where they could receive up to £1,500.
Ms Kay said: “The Saplings was an old classroom, but we didn’t want it to look like an old classroom; we wanted it to be a quiet, comfortable place to call home where our children feel comfortable talking about things they might be worried about.
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“Amanda Cheffings, our Head of Development, has done a fantastic job recycling furniture for The Saplings.
“The pandemic has led to an increased need for such a room at school; children’s social skills and behavior have been affected during subsequent closures. The Saplings promotes and can help to improve these skills. This has been a fabulous and much-needed resource for our school.
Whittington Moor Nursery and Infant Academy work hard to not only help the mental well-being of pupils and staff, but also to support families in other aspects such as health, finances and nutrition.
Miss Kay added: “Community is important to us here at Whittington Moor Nursery and Infant Academy and we want to support our children and families with their mental health and wellbeing.
‘We have a great relationship with nearby Cavendish Primary School, which was recently rated ‘good’ by Ofsted – and there are exciting plans in place to build on this, including a teddy bear picnic in summer before the transition from kindergarten to primary school. .
“We want to ensure that our children’s school experience is a magical moment.