Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing
Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

2.3 Within the wider community

The wider community includes the local neighbourhood and services. For example, children’s centres provide parenting classes, play services and early education and they make a positive contribution to supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing. However, many children’s centres have closed since 2010, leaving a gap in the services available in the wider community.

This is a photograph of a child in a playground.
Figure 9 Access to playgrounds helps with children’s wellbeing

Local neighbourhoods: safe outdoor areas with well-maintained parks and playgrounds can make a positive contribution to children’s wellbeing. Being outdoors and engaging with others can also help to reduce children’s screen time (All Party Parliamentary Group, 2019).

Professionals delivering children’s services: there is a need to promote knowledge about children’s mental health as well as greater understanding of the ways that children’s wellbeing can be improved. In relation to very young children, educators in pre-school and school settings can make a positive contribution to supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing. Early childhood and primary curricula have many strategies that can make a positive contribution. High-quality early education is especially important; for instance, the key person helps young children to develop a relationship with practitioners who know the children’s needs and, in negotiation with parents, can help identify how best to meet such needs. High-quality early education and care requires adults to listen to how children express themselves, both verbally and non-verbally, so that the children’s voices can be taken into account in all decision-making affecting their lives.

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371