what makes fairstead special

Emotional Wellbeing

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Fairstead House embraces a whole-school approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing and our small setting and family ethos enables children to truly be ‘seen’ and have their voices heard.

A nurturing environment enables children to build strong, positive friendships and our House system provides further opportunities for children to develop and strengthen friendships with children from across the school.

“Our youngest daughter has made incredible progress since starting Reception.  Her independent nature is encouraged, and there is always something for her to look forward to such as Forest school, theatre and library trips, visitors to the classroom or language lessons (she loves Mandarin!).”

our family ethos
emotional wellbeing
Fairstead House places great emphasis on actively listening to children and our School Council provides the opportunity for children to express their views, be listened to and experience how their views can lead to change. Additionally, if children feel that they need someone to talk to about any worries that they may have, a weekly ‘Wellbeing Café’ is held with our Senior Mental Health Lead which children can attend if they wish to.
Children are encouraged to think about their physical and mental health through our PSHE programme, whole-school and House assemblies and through class discussion. Fairstead House also actively participates in Children’s Mental Health Week.
listening to children

Sources of support for

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

In school:

Our Senior Mental Health Lead is Mrs Karen Varma who can be contacted by email (karenvarma@fairsteadhouse.org)
with any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s/children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Local community:

Emotional Wellbeing Gateway (Mental Health Advice & Support Services)

Suffolk InfoLink | Emotional Wellbeing Gateway (Mental Health Advice & Support Services)

Emotional Wellbeing Hub

Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Hub (East and West Suffolk) – Suffolk County Council

The Emotional Wellbeing Hub helpline telephone number is: 0345 600 2090

Press option 2 to speak to Barnardo’s who are available
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

If you need to make a mental health referral to CAMHS for a clinical assessment of your child, then press option 3.

For Crisis support telephone 111 and press option 2 for the NHS 24/7 Crisis Support Line which is available for people of all ages.

In an emergency, call 999

Family wellbeing

Family wellbeing – information to support your child or young person’s wellbeing – Suffolk County Council


Young Minds – Children and Young People’s Mental Health Charity

Young Minds Parents Helpline, which you can call for free on 0808 802 5544 (9.30am-4pm, Monday-Friday, UK). A webchat service is also available.

Place2be – Children and Young People’s Mental Health Charity

Improving children’s and young people’s mental health – Place2Be

Mental Health Foundation – Mental Health Charity which supports communities, families and individuals of all ages.

Mental Health Foundation | Good mental health for all