Children and Dog


Mindfulness and Well-being

Peer Support for children

At Prince’s Mead we believe that with the right training and support, children can help each other to manage low level situations in the playground. This works really well and the children enjoy helping one-another. Adults are always supervising and will assist if needed. The children learn to respect one-another and this inclusive approach helps to boost self-esteem amongst pupils.

Buddies – Children in Year 6 are assigned to take on the role of a buddy to a younger child in Years R and 1. These children support their buddy on the playground and around school. The children in Year 6 have been have been trained by Mrs Jones, to support children struggling with friendship and minor conflicts in the playground.

Little Leaders – Children from years 5 and 6 have been trained by Mrs Mant to organise games and activities in the playground at lunchtimes.

School Dog – Monty our school dog comes to school every Tuesday and Thursday with his owner Mrs Jones, to play with as select group of children at playtimes. By having a dog in school, we want to encourage those children specifically who are vulnerable, or those who are less confident with learning to have a friendly audience and to look forward to a challenge.




The vast majority of dogs are gentle and loving, offering children opportunities to improve social development skills, unconditional acceptance and the chance to do something really well. Monty is supervised at all times by Mrs Jones and is a certified ‘Good citizen dog’ and a Hampshire Search and Rescue Dog.




If you would like support with any issue, school or home related, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

Speak to any member of staff you feel comfortable talking to.

Contact Mrs Gillian Jones by email: or via the school office.

Contact our school nurse Mrs Mandy Oakley by email: or via the school office.

Other organisations that may be helpful: