EARLY Minds (Emotional Awareness and Resilience Learnt Young) is our mental health programme that we take into primary schools. Our sessions are age appropriate with a variety of activities to enable both children and adults to learn to talk about and take care of their own mental health and to better understand how to help those around them.
Who is it for?
- From early years to Year 6 including transitions to secondary school
- Teachers and school staff
- Parents and carers
EARLY Minds is inclusive and age-appropriate from Reception to Year 6.
We want children and adults to have the same knowledge and a shared language. Through EARLY Minds:
- We give the school a shared language between pupils and staff to talk about mental health in everyday conversations to create culture change
- We teach children how to link feelings they are experiencing with met or unmet emotional needs
- We equip them with practical strategies to help themselves and others to return to wellbeing
- We give them scientific understanding of how the brain works and why everyone copes with challenges in different ways
How is EARLY Minds delivered?
90 minute sessions are delivered by qualified trainers from Suffolk Mind. We creatively engage children using developmentally appropriate strategies, including stories, exploratory questions, activities, games and movements as well as hand illustrated cards to aid many different learning styles.
Each year group lesson plan works alongside the curriculum and is linked to the Emotional Needs & Resources approach.
This course also includes:
- An online parent assembly
- The Mental Health Toolkit: The Essentials course for max. 16 staff members
- Evaluation feedback
Suffolk Mind will leave your school with a resource box for KS1 and KS2 so that your school community can continue their EARLY Minds journey. Each box contains activities specifically designed for either KS1 or KS2 children. Each activity is used in our EARLY Minds sessions, linking to each emotional need.
Register your interest, and we’ll be in touch for the next steps to support mental wellbeing in your school or activity group.
Don’t forget to check if you’re eligible for any of our funded training.