As a school, we recommend engaging in conversations with your child about the upcoming transition. It is essential to discuss your child’s views about the return, both positive and negative. In this way, they can be reassured and find a greater level of understanding about their feelings. Additionally, you can then make us aware of potential concerns so that we can help by providing additional transition support for your child.
As always, we seek to help our parental community and provide them with information and guidance to support their children in the most effective manner possible. We recommend that you all read the links below. They contain some excellent advice about the following:
- Returning to routines
- Re-establishing norms
- Sleep Patterns
- Managing Anxiety
- Focusing on the positives
- Controlling the controllables
- Coping Strategies
Tips for Parents from MentalHealth.org.uk
Infographic from ParentZone Scotland
The following site created by ‘Raising Children Australia’ has some additional highly practical advice along with ideas about supporting the emotional aspects of the transition:
Returning to School - Tips from RaisingChildren.net
As a school, we acknowledge and understand that the transition is hard for parents too. This complete change in routines with the potential accompanying emotional challenges for your children can be very taxing and stressful on you as parents. With this in mind, we would recommend that you read this excellent resource from the Center for Disease Control. It has some very good and detailed advice for parents.
Helping young children and parents transition back to school