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Health and Wellbeing
In these unprecedented times, it can be challenging for many families. Many parents will be juggling their own work at home whilst also trying to keep their children going with their school work. Some families will be worried about finances and some will be worried about family members. Try to be kind to yourself.
The well-known charity ‘Young Minds’ have offered the following advice:
Acknowledge how much you are carrying at the moment and how flexible people are being in adapting to the situation.
Accept that there are many things out of your control and that you can only work with what you have got – this might involve getting used to this feeling of discomfort and letting go of some of those perfectionist ideals. ‘Good enough’ may have to be good enough.
Be reassured that this intensely difficult time will change and will be replaced by a different perspective.
Recognise that the anxiety people are feeling may come out in different ways for different people, so validating these feelings is a really helpful first step.
The Department for Education (DFE) has released advice as follows:
No one expects parents to act as teachers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school would. Speak to your school who will be planning work for your child to do. Parents and carers should do their best to help children and support their learning. Do not worry about trying to maintain a full routine for your child like they had at school. The following is recommended:
CEOP (who we use on our school website, as a parent news feed for e-safety information) have produced some helpful advice which has been attached.
Please also see the attached advice from the Young Minds charity to support parents with their children.
As a nation, we are all in the same boat. Try not to get stressed about the home learning or make your children feel stressed about it. Children are all learning at home and when we do come back to school the children will all be in a similar position. Teachers will know this and will plan accordingly. Do not put undue pressure on yourself to make sure your child doesn’t ‘fall behind’, you can only do your best.
We are very aware that children behave very differently at home than they do at school, in terms of behaviour. It may be a good opportunity to teach your child different skills. At the Hall we talk to them about resilience about them being responsible for themselves, having self-control and patience. If the children imagined their parents were writing a report for their teacher what would it say?
Support for Children
Some children may be worried about what is happening and the changes that are in place. Our children are also the heroes at this time. Their worlds are very different at the moment and they are doing their best in difficult times. Childline have produced some resources specifically for children who are feeling worried, anxious or sad.
There are several books that have been produced, that explain what coronavirus is in a child appropriate manner. There are a few examples of stories attached below for parents to choose from.
The first one is illustrated by Axel Scheffler (of The Gruffalo) and is a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist. The book answers key questions in simple language and is appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds.
During these times we need to stand together as one community, support each other and support those who are helping people who need it the most.