The HeadStart South Tees team recently had a very special visitor. Alison Smith is the Children and Young People Regional Lead for NHS England and met with Andy and Adam to discuss our work, future plans, achievements and challenges.
The visit included trips to a couple of our HeadStart schools. One of the schools visited was Park End Primary School where Alison met the amazing Year 5 HeadStarters. The children answered questions from Alison regarding the work that they have done, the whole school assemblies that have been delivered and how they are taking this work forward. The children explained to Alison about their upcoming project where they will be building ‘buddy benches’ to allow children to initiate conversations if anyone is feeling lonely or isolated in the playground. The children will soon be receiving their HeadStarter Bronze certificates.
Park End Primary School is one of our HeadStart Gold Schools and have been working with HeadStart for a number of years. Mental health lead in school, Beth Race has been a pivotal part of the ongoing work done within school. Beth is a driving force for all things wellbeing and a massive advocate for all things HeadStart.
Since the visit Alison said “I have been talking non-stop about my visit, telling colleagues all about the amazing work done in Park End”.
Alison added “Thanks to the amazing Andy and Adam for their leadership on this and the clearly demonstrated impact of the Headstart Programme on the mental health and well-being of the wonderful children across Teesside”.
Mega thank you to Park End Primary School, their amazing HeadStarters and the fantastic Beth Race!
We look forward to the next visit!
Published: May 18