The health and wellbeing of our pupils and their families is important to us. At Clowne Infant and Nursery School we teach children through our curriculum about how to stay fit and healthy; we also teach the children techniques and discuss how to keep our minds healthy too. It is important in life to keep ourselves healthy in both body and mind.
There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways we can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy.
Some children and young people have enjoyed being off school, while others will have really struggled – with the coronavirus outbreak keeping them at home and away from friends. Others may be coming to terms with family problems, loss or changes to their living situation.
With nationwide and local restrictions being regularly reviewed, they may also have to deal with self-isolating because of an outbreak in school or another period of school closure, or have worries about getting or passing on the virus. It's still uncertain what further changes we all may face.
Feelings like these will gradually ease for most, but there are always steps you can take to support them emotionally and help them cope with problems they face.
There's also further support available if you feel you or they need it.
To help with children's wellbeing at home we have included a few useful documents and sites, some of which we are sure you will already be using.
During this time, you may be feeling stressed, worried or anxious about Coronavirus and wondering how the daily changes in your life may affect your children and the family as a whole. Children are unique and can react in different ways to what they see and hear. It is our job as teachers, parents and carers to look for changes in their behaviour as this could be a sign that they are finding it hard to understand or cope with changes in their routine or within their life around them. Social stories are a great way of explaining to children what is happening. They will help to support and reassure children with what is happening around them or too them in the world where they live.
Here is a social story that you might like to share with your child/children.