Massage in Schools
WHAT IS IT?
Using massage in schools is quite a new concept in modern day society. Although massage, in some native and traditional cultures, is as old as mankind itself, it is only in the past century that science has been able to explain the benefits of massage and studies began to emerge everywhere. The studies give credibility to the practice of massage itself as a tool for health, stress management and well being.
HOW WILL WE USE IT?
Firstly, we will work with parents, including families new to our school, to explain the value of massage. We will gain your permission before your child is involved. We expect that all, or the vast majority, of pupils will want to be involved but if you did not want your child to participate we would ask them to be still, calm and use the time to relax and be mindful.
Staff will receive specific training in order to ensure purpose, safety and consistency throughout Woodlands.
Massages will be peer-to-peer. Pupils will receive training from a member of staff in school and their practice will be reviewed regularly. Children will also participate in their daily mile before the receiving and giving of massages. This will all take place during their afternoon curriculum break and in total, will take around 20 minutes to complete.
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The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects everyone to share this commitment. This means that we have a child protection policy and procedures in place. All staff, (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) ensure that they are aware of these procedures. We strongly recommend that parents and carers read the policy which is available on the school website or from the school office.
Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first—unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
The school is a very secure environment and all gates are locked by the site manager as soon as parents leave the school grounds. After 9.00am classroom doors are closed and parents and pupils must then enter school via the main entrance, where they will be signed in by the school secretary.
Whenever parents are on sight at drop off / pick up times (until 9am and from approx. 3.15pm), classroom doors must remain locked. Doors should be re-locked once all children have left the school site at approx 3.45pm.
The designated safeguarding lead is Mrs T Wood, Headteacher.
The deputy designated safeguarding leads are Mrs A Thomas, KS1 Phase Leader and Miss Louise Davies, Childcare Manager.
The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding is Miss Rani Kaur, Chair of Governors.
Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 places a duty on the Governing Bodies of schools to make arrangements for carrying out their function of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
Woodlands Infant School works within the framework of Solihull’s Local Safeguarding Board Procedures, and will refer to or consult with Children’s Services regarding any incident of unexplained injury to a child or in relation to any disclosure by the child or concerns about the safety and wellbeing of any pupil both in and outside of school hours.