Worrying about your child going back to school?

You may be feeling anxious about your child going back to school in March. You may also have noticed your child is feeling worried about it. But there are things you can do to help make the transition easier and keep your family safe.

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Keeping your family safe

  • Talk to your child about staying safe and washing hands while they are at school or nursery, and how this helps everyone.
  • Make a new routine for when for when your child gets home from school to help you all feel safe. This could include having a basket just inside the door for them to change out of uniform. Or ask them to put their uniform straight in the wash if this is something that worries you.
  • If you feel that your child needs some extra support to help them cope, contact their school as soon as possible. Work with the school to make a plan to support them.
  • Your child’s school or nursery should have a procedure in place in case someone tests positive. If they haven’t shared their plans with you, contact your school and ask for information.
  • Remember to look after your own mental health and wellbeing. This will help you support your child when they find things difficult.

Managing your worries

As well as taking steps to keep your family safe, look at how you can ease your feelings of worry. 

  • Talk to someone. Connect with your support network. They may be having the same concerns. And being able to talk about your feelings will help you reflect on how you want to manage the situation. 
  • Focus on the positives in your life right now. Try making a gratitude list. Write down or say three to five things that you’re grateful for at the end of every day. See if there’s anything related to school in here. 
  • Make a plan to help you feel in control. Take time to prepare for your child’s first day at back at school.
  • Take care of your mental health. Look at your sleep routine. Find activity that helps you relax. Do some physical activity, even if this is just around the house. 

Helping your child with their worries

Worried about your child’s education? Our one-to-one Teacher Talk service is here to help. Ask about any education topic, from school refusal to worries about your child not keeping up. Our volunteer education professionals will listen and offer judgment-free advice. Fill in our short form, and we’ll put you in touch by email, phone or video call. 

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