Parents, guardians or carers can follow these three useful tips to support young people returning to school.
- Encourage conversations about school – ask open questions to give the young person a chance to open up about difficult feelings and give an opportunities to problem solve any practical worries together.
- Support the back to school routine to take away some uncertainty in these unpredictable times – this includes 8-11 hours sleep alongside regular and varied daytime meals. Try to include around 30 minutes of fun and relaxing activities of their choice afterschool – to help unwind and enable you to check in.
- Help the young person reconnect with their social networks, including with peers and teachers
Most importantly, remember it is normal to feel anxious about returning to school.