Starting school or going back after a break can feel difficult for children and young people. As a parent or carer, you can help them prepare.
Talking about returning to school with your child can help understand how they feel.
Worries, anxious thoughts or anxiety can happen if your child feels out of control. It helps to find things they can control and start from there.
Ask what they will miss from being at home. Are they worried they won’t get to spend as much time with you? Reassure them and continue to make time for this once school goes back. You can also read our advice on separation anxiety.
Talk to the teacher about any concerns so they’re better prepared to support your child.
If you’re worried about your child going to school, make sure you are taking care of your own mental health.
You can also talk to someone in your support network. They may be having the same concerns.
Be positive when dropping off your child, even if you’re not feeling your best. If you can, hide any worries as your child will pick up on these.
Make sure your child is getting enough sleep. Read our advice on getting your child back into a sleep routine before they go back to school.
Plan for your new morning routine together, and try this in the run up to school starting.
Anxious feelings can be overwhelming or even cause panic attacks. Suggest your child make a list of feel good activities to do when they’re having a bad day.
They could also make a soothing box to fill with items they like the look, smell, touch or taste of.
There are other activities you can try in our emotional wellbeing section.
Your child will also have things to look forward to. These might include:
If your children have not have seen their friends during the break, it can help to arrange a meet up beforehand.
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