Mindfulness for Kids Programme
Scientific research shows that practicing mindfulness has particular benefits for young children in their primary school years when the brain’s limbic system- the one that controls emotion and behaviour- is still developing.
Teaching mindfulness to children especially 7-11 years old will learn core life skills such as resilience, patience and self awareness. Such skills will especially help them during their transition period from primary to secondary school.
More and more reports are coming with soaring numbers of children suffering from stress and anxiety. This reflects the pressures our children face today from 24/7 social media, bullying, insecurity concerns about body image and general poor self esteem.
Did you know ?
Mental Heath problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people
The NSPCC (Jan 2017) has seen a 35% rise in calls about anxiety from children in just 12 months
NHS data (Jan 2017) showed that in 2015/16 more than 10,000 patients under the age of 18 were admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of anxiety. These include almost 2500 children who were 12 and under.
10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age
Over 10,000 children in London experience depression
The average wait for effective treatment is 10 years. Opportunities to help are often missed until they reach “crisis” point, causing children to become violent and aggressive or drop out of school
Benefits for your child
- Able to better regulate their emotions
- Increased empathy
- Better understanding of other points of view
- Increased attention and focus
- Higher academic success
- Better impulse control
- Greater problem solving skills
- Lower levels of end of term test/exam stress
- Improved interpersonal relationships
- Better equipped to deal with depression
Structure of Lessons
Lessons will be taught through three mindfulness practices:
2. Lying down
3. Movement practice
Lessons will range from ‘Grounding themselves when they wobble’ to ‘Respond Vs React’. For the full curriculum please don’t hesitate to get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
At the end of each term, children will reflect on all they have learnt and create a daily plan on how they can live mindfully in school, at home and within their community. They will also make a meditative art exploring the idea of “being present”.
Lessons may also be taught as part of PSHE curriculum, or on a one to one basis.