Coronavirus: supporting your child's return to school
Every child and young person is different and therefore their reactions to going back to school will be variable. There will be children and young people who will be ok with going back to school and will be happy and excited to be back with their friends. Others may find returning to school more difficult. They may be excited about seeing their friends but worried about how things may be different. They may be worried about being in a new class or school. They may feel sad about being away from their families once more. Some children and young people may be anxious about Covid-19. Some may have had difficulties in attending school prior to the school closures. The important thing is that children and young people need to be reassured that all feelings they have about returning to school (whether they are positive or negative) are normal and accepted.
It is important to recognise that there will be a period of adjustment whilst your child settles back into school. Should you have any concerns about how your child is settling back into school, it will be important to share your concerns with a key member of staff.
Helping my child return to school after coronavirus: Guide
This guide anticipates some of the difficulties and anxieties that children may be feeling as they return to their childcare provider or reception class at school.
Advice for successful transitions reminds us to focus on relationships as well as recognising the growth, development and learning that has occurred while our children have been at home.
We should also remember that transition is not just an experience for the individual child but for everyone around the child.
Your child may be returning to the same room or classroom as before the lockdown, but things will be different and this should be supported as another key transition in your child’s life.
The childcare provider or school's key focus areas will be to support your child’s well-being, confidence, security and nurturing friendships. Happiness is the priority.
Both these guides give some tips and advice about how you might help your child through this transition and also supports the sharing of information so that we know what is important to you and your child. There is also a booklet that you can print off and work through with you child, discussing their thoughts, feelings and expectations about returning to school.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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