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Welsh Nursery First of its Kind to Pledge Commitment to Mental Health

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The Old School House Nursery in Pen-Y-Fai, Bridgend, is the first nursery in Wales to pledge its commitment to mental health via the Time to Change Wales campaign led by Mind Cymru and Hafal.

The Nursery has already provided mindfulness training for staff members, as well as promoting wellbeing and mental health for both staff and children.  As part of their commitment to Time to Change Wales, The Old School House Nursery will take steps to demonstrate accountability, as well as update and implement policies to address mental health problems in the workplace.

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Founder and Managing Director of the Old School House Nursery, Jackie Roberts says:

‘I have a lot of experience within the area of mental health personally and professionally. I am keen to break the stigma of mental health within my setting as I am passionate about supporting people who have suffered or are suffering with aspects of mental health within their own lives.

I have an open-door policy and I am always aware if staff do not seem ‘themselves’ when they come into work.  So I always try and offer whatever support I can to encourage them to talk and plan strategies to help them cope with things, when they become difficult. I am a qualified Mindfulness Teacher and have trained quite a few of my staff, plus I am looking forward to turn my setting into a Mindfulness setting for staff and children.’

Talking about their participation in the programme, Ms. Roberts explains:

‘The Old School House Nursery provides care, love, attention and education to the children who attend.  We are also very passionate about Mental Health and Well-Being for both staff and children.  We feel very strongly about breaking down the stigma and barriers regarding Mental Health and wish to promote open and honest discussions where staff feel supported, valued and not judged in a nurturing and safe caring environment. We are proud to pledge our commitment to this cause and look forward to working with Time to Change Wales.’

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