Federation of Crigglestone and Castle Nursery Schools

Mental Health & Wellbeing

We have high expectations of our children at our schools. We understand that good mental health is a vital part of achieving this. We teach our children the early skills they will build on through their lives to help protect them from the stress and anxiety of modern life. 


The following resources are a selection of our advice leaflets and links to national and local support. If you need someone to talk to then our doors are always open and we will listen, not judge and help where we can. You are welcome speak to any member of staff you feel comfortable with.


Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Leads are:

Claire Spiers at Crigglestone & Adele Ghai at The Castle

We have 4 qualified Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) across the federation:

Kirsty Quinn (Headteacher)

Carole Sharp (DHT - Crigglestone)

Adele Ghai (DHT - The Castle)

Claire Spiers (Crigglestone)

In January 2022, we began our federation journey towards achieving: 'The School Mental Health Award'


We want to achieve the award for our federation to:

  • Improve pupil and staff self-confidence, resilience and mental health
  • Improve pupil outcomes
  • Create a culture of awareness of mental health, tolerance and acceptance, helping to reduce behavioural problems and promote positive mental health strategies
  • Demonstrate commitment to adhere to professional and government guidance


Our Federation Emotional Health and Wellbeing policy is below:

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters website was launched in October 2019. It aims to make talking about mental health issues or concerns, as normal as talking about the weather. It features a short quiz designed to test your wellbeing and advice about what to do if you need some help. Click on the logo to go the website. 

NHS Moodzone

The NHS has a website that gives some sensible self-help advice for anyone who lives with with anxiety, stress or depression. There are case studies to read, activities to try and the reassurance that you're not the only one feeling like this. Click on the logo to visit the website.

Action For Children

Free and confidential live chat (various times morning to evening) with a parenting coach to offer information, advice and guidance regarding family life, caring for children or managing parental wellbeing. Click the logo below.

If you need to talk to someone right now: 

  • Shout is a free and confidential text support service anyone struggling to cope. Text ‘Shout’ to 85258. Available 24/7. 
  • If you’re worried about a child’s safety, call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. 
  • If you’re worried about a child’s health, call 111. In an emergency, call 999. 
  • If you’re under 18, call Childline on 0800 1111. You can also text ‘Shout’ to 85258. Both services are free.
  • If you need urgent help from the police or a hospital, call 999. 



Wakefield Adult Education Parenting Groups

Classroom/small group based parenting support from Early Years to Teenagers.





National mentoring service providing 6 weekly sessions of online/virtual emotional support for parents/carers of children with additional needs who are on the pathway to diagnosis or have received one in the last year.

Parent Survival Guide from Young Minds

Worried about your child but not sure where to start. Find sensible advice and tips here. Click on the logo:

Place 2 Be - Parenting advice from our child mental health experts

Practical tips to support children’s wellbeing and behaviour


Family Action

 Free and confidential live chat (various times morning to evening) with a parenting coach to offer information, advice and guidance regarding family life, caring for children or managing parental wellbeing. Click the logo to visit the website.



West Yorkshire Night Owls

A new West Yorkshire based overnight listening service for children, young people, and their parents/carers experiencing mental health; call, text or chat.


Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can include, but is not limited to:

  • psychological

  • physical

  • sexual

  • financial

  • emotional

It can happen in any relationship, and even after the relationship has ended. Both men and women can be abused or abusers. There does not need to be violence for it to be an abusive relationship.

Domestic abuse can seriously harm children and young people. Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse, and teenagers can suffer domestic abuse in their relationships.


Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service


A comprehensive local support service for men, women and young people who are using abusive behaviours.

Phone: 0800 915 1561

Website: www.wakefield.gov.uk/domesticabuse