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St Augustine's Catholic Primary School

Following Jesus, our school family shows love and respect for one another and the world around us.

Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex IG2 6RG
Enquiries to be addressed to Mrs Brogan in the Infant Office

02085 541919

admin.st-augustines@redbridge.gov.uk

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Supporting Your Child's Wellbeing

Supporting your child's well being during this time of school closure

It is normal for children and young people to feel worried or anxious at the moment. We’ve all experienced sudden changes in our lives and routines – and we’re living with lots of uncertainty about the coming weeks. For some young people, the coronavirus pandemic may also worsen or trigger anxieties they were already struggling with.

Here are five things you can do to support your child:
 
  • Talk to them about what’s going on. Find out how they’re feeling and what they’re thinking about, let them know it’s okay to feel scared or unsure, and try to answer their questions and reassure them in an age appropriate manner. Remember, you do not need to know all the answers, but talking things through can help them feel calmer.  
  • Help them to reflect on how they’re feeling and encourage them to think about the things they can do to make them feel safer and less worried.  
  • Reassure them that this will pass, you’re there for them, and you will get through this together.

 

  • Spend time doing a positive activity with your child (such as reading, playing, painting or cooking) to help reassure them and reduce their anxiety. This is also a great way of providing a space for them to talk through their concerns, without having a ‘big chat’.

 

  • Keep as many regular routines as possible, so that your child feels safe and that things are stable.

 

Brentwood Catholic Children's Society
This website is full of up-to-date and relevant resources that are designed to help parents instigate or respond to dialogue around their child’s wellbeing (with specific help in talking to children about Coronavirus, Coping with Grief and Loss, and Mindfulness resources for all ages to work through alone or with a parent: https://www.bccs.org.uk/our-stories)