This week marks Children’s Mental Health Week. It is an occasion to shine a light on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This is the eighth year of the awareness week, and through the collective experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is an issue which has taken on even greater importance.
An Important Issue
In 2020, an NHS survey revealed that 1 in 6 children have a diagnosable mental health problem. Also, in the last three years, the likelihood of young people having a mental health problem has increased by 50%, according to the Children’s Society.
Children’s Mental Week takes place 7-13 February and this year’s theme is Growing Together. The occasion encourages children and adults to consider how they have grown. But also how they can help others to grow. This includes trying new activities and moving out of our comfort zones into a new realm of possibility and potential. At Gymboree Play & Music, our classes have been designed with exactly that in mind.
Our experienced teachers deliver progressive programmes. Which means that our class activities support what your child is mastering now and what they can aspire to in the future. So, each class includes age-appropriate activities to develop cognitive, physical and social skills in children through play.
Nurturing Healthy Development
For example, our Theatre Arts classes for 3–5 year olds develop confidence, self-expression and concentration for overall wellbeing. Also, in our Babies class, for 0-8 month olds, expert teachers lead carers and parents through nurturing exercises and activities that stimulate baby’s healthy brain development.
So, you can be sure that healthy cognitive development and wellbeing runs right through our programmes from Baby to Toddler and Preschooler. Children’s Mental Health Week is hosted by Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity. There are free online resources available for families, youth groups and schools available here.