Information for parents and frequently asked questions
Tips for your child returning to school:
Although families may have made the decision to return to school on June 1st, parents and children might have some worries. In order to support your child’s return and create a smooth transition back to school, the following might be useful.
You can prepare your child for school by:
- Starting a conversation about how they feel about returning to school
- Explaining to them that some parts of school will be different such as classroom, drop off/pick up time and class size
- Share things at school which will stay the same
- Discuss positive experiences they are looking forward to at school as well as giving them a space to voice any worries
- Your child might want to make a picture or write a poem about how they feel about returning to school
- Focus on the positive reasons for re-starting school, you could make a list of these together
- Ensure your child goes to bed on time and wake them up at the time they usually get up for school to get them back in their routine
- The night before school starts you could do a calming activity with your child such as have some one-to-one special time, do some paired reading or some mindful breathing. Calm Zone has lots of ideas https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
- If adults are worried about the return to school, try to manage these feelings so not to pass them on to your child
- There will be some children that do not return to school (they may live with a vulnerable family member or be self-isolating). We must respect others decisions and make the best decision for ourselves.
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