Woodlands Primary Academy

Supporting Parents/Carers

Support for emotional wellbeing and mental health doesn’t stop with our children. Parents and carers, alongside wider family members, at Woodlands are encouraged to seek support through school when needed.

The Reflection Room

Our Reflection Room isn't just a space for children to use, it's open to parents/carers too. If you need support or advice, or just want to off load with a brew, Mrs Grant is more than happy to welcome you. Please access the Reflection Room via the door on the playground or by contacting the school office if you prefer. 

Reflection Room - 2021-22

We will post via social media and Parent Pay key dates/events that take place for parents/carers in this room. These groups focus on mental health and wellbeing, family relationships, social skills and routines/boundaries. Please do ask if you think this is a space you'd like to make use of as we're always keen to welcome new groups.

Woodlands work closely with the agencies listed below, and can signpost and refer families where needed. Please use the Hyperlinks to find out more about each service.

Early Help - Positive Steps

Positive Steps offer free help for you and your family.

If you or a family member need practical help to support you to take control of your life, or if you have difficulties in areas such as housing, money, parenting, self confidence, low-mood or seeking employment/training, Positive Steps can provide you with an allocated Engagement Worker to help you develop the skills to help yourself.

There are varying levels of support available depending on your needs.

School can support you in making a referral to Positive Steps. Please come and see Mrs Grant or Miss Young in school.

Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds provide a range of treatment and support options for people struggling to cope with low mood, stress, anxiety, depression, or any of the common mental health problems that up to 1 in 4 people will experience at some point in their life time.

School can support adults to make a self-referral to Healthy Minds. Please come and see Mrs Grant or Miss Young in school.

 Combined Minds 

Combined minds provide an app developed to help families and friends to support mental health.

Virtual Hope Box

The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is an app that contains simple tools to help with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.

Useful Links

We Can Help: 

Free School Meals (FSM) eligibility checker: 

Children and family benefits: 

Help paying for childcare eligibility checker: 

Money Helper Service The free government-backed MoneyHelper service

School Readiness 

Online Solihull Parenting Courses (worth £100) aligned with best parenting practice is free to use for anyone in Oldham.

Parents, carers, grandparents, and staff can access the resources by entering the passcode: DAISY into this web page: 

This May help – This is a new national initiative providing mental health advice to parents and carers who have concerns about their child’s mental health: https://thismayhelp.m3 

Get Oldham Working: 

Useful Resources

CMHW 2022 - Parent's Guide to Childhood Anxiety

Social Media & Mental Health - What Parent's Need To Know

Young Minds - Parent contact poster

Parenting Smart - Place 2 Be

Calming Techniques - Breathing

Fact or Opinion?

Mindfulness & Letting Go

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Thinking & Feeling

What is Mindfulness