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Resources to support Childcare Workers

Guidance for managers supporting their staff

The following are resources that can support you to ensure that staff wellbeing lies at the heart of nursery settings.

Anna Freud

Ways to support staff wellbeing.

Early years alliance

Start encouraging positive wellbeing with our employee health and wellbeing pack. Sonia Mainstone-Cotton, early years nurture and wellbeing trainer and early years consultant, explains how you and your staff can take care of your own wellbeing.

Foundation Tears vodcast

The Foundation Years Team vodcast discusses the sort of challenges that early years professionals having been facing recently, the importance of talking about our mental health and wellbeing, how leaders can support their staff and much more.

Helping you care for you

Helping you care for you is working together to look after all staff (including bank staff), whatever their role or nature of engagement,

NHS Better Health

Answer 5 questions to get top tips and advice that work for you.


Putting wellbeing at the heart of our early years practice. The recordings, slides and case studies from the events, including a video from the Department for Education.


Learn how you can be mentally healthy at work, with suggestions for what you can do and where you can get support if you experience poor mental health.

Sodexo Engage

Sodexo have produced a pack that encourages positive health wellbeing.


Twinkl wellbeing resources have been developed with your everyday concerns in mind. These will help you to cope with the stresses and strains of your working week.

Looking after your own mental wellbeing


Abandofbrothers (ABOB) works with young men involved in the criminal justice system. They provide the support needed to make the transition to an adulthood free of crime, and filled with a sense of belonging, connection and purpose.

Action for Happiness

Everyone's path to happiness is different. Based on the latest research, we have identified 10 Keys to Happier Living that consistently tend to make life happier and more fulfilling. Together they spell "GREAT DREAM".

For each of the ten you'll find information, questions, resources and suggested actions to help apply them in your daily life.


The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) offers a free and confidential helpline and webchat, both available 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.


For tailored advice and support about wellbeing if you’re LGBTQ+, go to where you’ll find fact sheets, forums, and more.

LiveWell Dorset

LiveWell Dorset partner with Dorset's local authorities the NHS and others to provide this free healthy lifestyle advice and coaching.

Mental Health and Money Toolkit

This toolkit is a resource to help you understand, manage and improve your mental and financial health.


Many of us are struggling to maintain our mental wellbeing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic Mind have tips to help yourself cope. It covers: Tips for taking care of your metal wellbeing. Looking after your practical needs, Further advice, and support.

National Autistic Society

Have a free guide on how to adapt mental health talking therapies for autistic children and adults.

NHS apps

The NHS offer a range of wellbeing apps to support you.

NHS Dorset Healthcare

Offer a range of services providing support at times and places when people need it the most. You can call Connections on 0300 123 5440  24/7 or access the service via NHS 111.

NHS Mental Health Support Team in Schools

Schools play an important role in supporting the wellbeing of children and young people at a time when they are experiencing lots of physical, emotional and social changes.

The introduction of Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) working within schools is a new approach to provide an additional source of support to families and schools.


Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. If you need confidential out of hours support, you can call the free 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 116 123.


National out of hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information every day from 4:30pm to 10:30pm on 0300 304 7400 (during COVID-19 restrictions please call 07984 967708) or email and they will respond as soon as possible.

Surviving Minds Foundation

Surviving Minds Foundation uses the 25-acre Marl Pits Wood near Dorchester to host a range of activities that will enhance your wellbeing.

They include:

  • Woodland wellbeing
  • Bushcraft skills
  • Coppicing skills
  • Campfire cooking
  • Social gatherings by the campfire
  • Woodland camping
  • Bushcraft and survival training.

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