Emotional Wellbeing

When a setting promotes positive mental health and emotional wellbeing, children are better able to understand and express their feelings. This builds confidence and emotional resilience, supporting their learning. 

For parents, having a baby is a big life event; it's natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after the pregnancy. But if they start to have a big impact on how a parent is living their life, they might be experiencing a mental health problem. Around one in five women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth. 

There is also a growing body of research around adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the link to poor outcomes in adulthood. 

National Guidance

Future in Mind report: Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing by the Department of Health and NHS 

Social and Emotional Wellbeing: Early Years guidance from NICE 

Early Intervention Foundation champions and supports the use of effective early intervention to improve the lives of children and young people at risk of experiencing poor outcomes 

The 1001 Critical Days Manifesto a cross-party manifesto 

Advice and resources

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service support for children and families

Hampshire Substance Misuse Service support for people with an alcohol or drug problem

Five ways to wellbeing resources to help improve enjoyment of life, self-esteem and engagement with the world around you

The Wave Trust works to prevent and reduce key adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as child abuse, neglect and witnessing domestic violence 

Postnatal Depression in Dads article from the NCT 

Mental Health Problems and Pregnancy advice from the NHS 

Postnatal depression and perinatal mental health and Parenting with a mental health problem advice from MIND 

The role of childcare professionals in supporting mental health and wellbeing in young people: a literature review  the importance of early years and the role of the childcare professional supporting children’s health from PACEY 

Promoting good infant mental health leaflet by Barnados (Northern Ireland, but messages still relevant for England) 

Supporting Infant Mental Health advice from Young Minds 

Infant Mental Health information from the Institute of Health Visitors 

Getting to know your baby videos from the Association for Infant Mental Health UK 

Chat Health free text messaging service set up to support parents, carers and families of under 5s in Hampshire. The service is run by local health visitors. Text the dedicated number 07520 615720 

PANTS (The underwear rule) guidance for Early Years from the NSPCC. The Talk PANTS campaign and materials encourage parents and carers to have simple conversations with their children which can help keep them safe from sexual abuse.