Dear parents and carers,
During this difficult time, I wanted to reach out to let you know that, even though our school is currently closed to all but a few children, we’re still here to support your child and your family in whatever way we can.
You might be noticing signs of increasing anxiety in your child as they’re spending more time indoors and outside of their normal routines. These might include:
Pupils ages 3-6 years:
- Regressing to behaviour they’ve outgrown, such as thumb-sucking or bed-wetting
- Showing greater fear at being separated from you
- Trouble sleeping
Pupils ages 7-10 years:
- Expressing sadness, anger or fear
- Sharing false information that they’re hearing from their peers or seeing online
- Wanting to talk about coronavirus all the time
- Not wanting to talk about the current situation at all
- Having trouble concentrating
Older siblings -preteen and teenaged pupils:
- Acting out – this might include things like picking fights with you or with siblings or abusing alcohol or drugs
- Becoming afraid to leave the house
- Distancing themselves from their friends and family
- Exhibiting intense emotions but being unable to talk about what they’re feeling
We’ve put together some resources to help you support your child. We hope you find this information helpful.
If you have any concerns about how your child is coping or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by contacting me.
We’re extremely grateful for all the support you’ve shown us as we’ve adapted to these new circumstances, and we want to reassure you that we are still here to support you too.
We can and will get through this together.
Mrs M Brown
Below you will find a document with some VERY important ways to look after your child’s and your own mental health and wellbeing during this uncertain time. Please stay safe, stay well and stay happy.