A message about children’s Wellbeing at this confusing time
Children are just as concerned and worried as we may be right now: they not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off school for a few weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends. Over the coming weeks, you may see an increase in anxiety, or anger, or complaints that they can’t do things normally. This is to be expected under these strange circumstances which they have never before experienced. What children need right now is to feel comforted and loved, to feel that it’s all going to be okay. At the end of all of this, your children’s mental health will be as important as their academic skills. When we are back in the classroom, we will all work hard to get them back on track and meet them where they are. How they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during their weeks away from school is long gone. So, keep that in mind, every single day. Stay safe and take care of each other.
You may find some of these links to children’s wellbeing helpful.
A message from Dr Who about wellbeing
A link has been attached to 'Wellbeing Videos' created by Tamba Roy. Tamba, a former Nottingham headteacher, is an author and an education consultant who specialises in sharing tools to support emotional wellbeing. Tamba has recently created these short videos to provide children with additional wellbeing strategies at this time of uncertainty.
The Childline Calm Zone contains breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help children let go of stress
How to cope when you can’t go to school because of Coronavirus
Twinkl is usually subscription only but is currently free to all. It includes mindfulness colouring, self esteem & anxiety activities & yoga for children
An app for children to help them cope with worries and anxieties
A well-established website and app for meditation for kids
“Positive Penguins is an award winning, top ranked, fun educational app developed for children to help them understand why they feel the way they do and help them challenge their negative thinking”
The government has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Coronavirus - advice from the government
The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.
Latest information and advice can also be found at:
Advice for parents/guardians
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.
What action you can take
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.