Support and Resources
We hope you find this page useful. We have collated helpful resources and websites for you to access, all in one place, should you have any questions and queries. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact us and we will do our very best to help you.
The Aberdeenshire Educational Psychology Service has created the following resources for parents and carers. They are available to contact during this time.
Parent Club offers up-to-date guidance from the Scottish Government on your child’s health and education. It’s full of hints and tips from other parents and carers who’ve been there before. It also has advice to help you look after your own wellbeing and to point you in the direction of the support available.
NSPCC advice and resources for parents and children during Covid-19. NSPCC are the UK’s leading children’s charity and we have been looking out for children for over 130 years.
Wellbeing and Mental Health
At Tarves Primary School and Nursery, the importance of mental health and wellbeing is paramount and at the heart of everything we do.
Within school and in lockdown via Google Meet, Miss McBeath runs mindfulness sessions. Some of her own resources are shared on her classroom and via our school Twitter account.
Mindfulness is the practice of noticing and paying attention to what is happening in your mind and body in the present moment. Not only are there huge benefits for our children, but also for parents/carers and staff. If children see adults actively taking part and doing it with them, they are more likely to join in. Research has shown that by relaxing and focusing on something as simple as our breath, children can improve attention, concentration, behaviour and sleep. By relaxing our nervous system, it allows blood to reach all parts of our body which can reduce blood pressure and boost our immune system; something we all need. This is also extremely beneficial for any children that suffer from ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Dyslexia or have trouble sleeping.
Resources for Mindfulness
Smiling Mind App – This is free to download and has a great range of guided meditations you can follow at home. They are also split into age categories.
Insight Timer App – Free but does have option for subscribing – there is lots available that’s free including calming music as well as guided meditations.
Headspace App – Another great resource.
CAMHS – Children
CAMHS is made up of doctors, nurses and other medical staff who are trained to help children, young people and their families who are experiencing mental health difficulties. They have created this great resource page:
Parent Club offers up-to-date guidance from the Scottish Government on your child’s health and education. It’s full of hints and tips from other parents and carers who’ve been there before. It also has advice to help you look after your own wellbeing and to point you in the direction of all the support available.
Place2Be provide children’s mental health support in schools through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research. They also offer expert training and professional qualifications. Some resources shared here:
Resources for children’s and young people’s mental health from SAMH:
At Tarves Primary and Nursery we support all pupils and have created this page to offer further information for children with Additional Support Needs (ASN). This is by no means a comprehensive guide, just some links to further information if you would like to learn more.
Further information resources specific to Aberdeenshire Council:
Call Scotland help children and young people across Scotland to overcome disability and barriers to learning created by their environment, and to fulfil their potential:
Scottish Government resources for Additional Support Learning:
Advice and support for children with Additional Support needs in school:
Grampian Autistic Society:
ADHD / ADD