Well Being at Home
Hello children and parents,
Our daily routines such as going to work, attending school and socialising with friends and relatives have changed a lot over the past few weeks. We have all suddenly been thrown into a world of unknown, a world of fear and a world of anxiety. This may be causing some of us to feel worried or anxious. Children, you have heard a lot about the coronavirus and some strange things are happening that may make you afraid or worried. Please try not to be worried. Lots of brilliant grown-ups are helping sort this tricky problem and we will return to normality soon. Staying away from each other and from our wonderful school will not last forever.
Let other people see how powerful, brave and wonderful you are by talking to adults when you are afraid, bring positivity to your family when they look worried and strengthen your bonds with laughter. This strange time will pass and when it does we will all be reunited and we can share the wonderful activities we completed with one another. In the meantime, be kind, be hopeful, be brave and talk to the people who love you. Remember you are not alone in this time.
You can do a lot to help make your days easier. Having a daily/weekly routine will help to keep some structure for yourself and your families in these uncertain times and will help you to schedule time for work, play and relaxing too. The NHS have provided advice and tips for mental wellbeing while at home during COVID-19 details of which can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/
To help take our mind off things and help towards looking after our mental well-being, this page will be updated weekly with activity ideas children and adults to do at home to help maintain positivity. Feel free to adapt the activity ideas to suit you and most importantly have fun! I look forward to seeing you complete these activities- don’t forget to email them or skype them to us.
Please click on the link below to watch a short clip about how you can take care of your well being.
Activity for Easter Break
Dear parents, your little ones may be asking questions about the uncertain situation we find ourselves in at the moment because of the Corona Virus. Click on the link below which shows some re-imaged and re-written parts of famous children’s author, Julia Donaldson’s stories. You can share the pictures and read the verses to your children to help explain the current situation to them in a way which will be both engaging and informative to them.
You can also help your children to keep in touch with family members who don’t live with them by making phone or video calls to them so children can tell them what they have been doing during their time at home and feel socially connected. Remember social distancing doesn’t mean socially disconnecting!
New Book Release
A new digital book has been released this week, explaining the Coronavirus to children. To read online or download a copy please follow the link below.
Helping Children Cope with Stress During the Coronavirus
Dear Parents, please take a look at the poster in the attachment below which has been published by the World Health Organisation. It outlines how adults may be able to help children cope with the stress and anxiety they may be feeling as a result of the Coronavirus. Hope this is helpful to you!
Every Mind Matters
Dear parents, please follow the link below to see practical tips from experts on how you can look after your mental health and wellbeing while you are at home. You will also find a quiz which you can take on the website which will give you tailored tips according to your answers to the quiz questions. I hope you find this helpful.
CBeebies Bedtime Stories
Dear parents, please follow the link below to watch different celebrities read a different story every night before bedtime. I hope your little ones enjoy it!
Mental Health Awareness
Dear Parents, below I have attached a PDF with FREE resources you can access from home to support children’s mental health and well- being. The resources range from Apps to help youngsters manage their emotions and anxieties to website links where a wealth of expert advice can be found to support youngsters and also provide information for parents on issues such as bereavement support, bullying and autism. I hope you find these links useful.