How to support your child’s well-being and mental health at home!
We appreciate that having to self-isolate can be a worrying time so below are some ideas and resources that can help you offer a positive approach to your household’s wellbeing and mental health.
- Getting regular fresh air and exercise is key for any person’s well-being and can be achievable while still observing any social distancing measures:
- Growing flowers, fruit or vegetables can be very rewarding. Seeds and compost can be ordered online. Coir is excellent for compost as you can order a small amount and then expand on this by adding water.
- Sketching trees, flowers and other things outside can be a great way to get out and about - whether in your own garden or another green space.
These online resources have some great ideas on how to get children outside:
How to teach your child about the virus and explain self-isolation
Here are some resources to support you in explaining to your child what Coronavirus is and self-isolation means:
Positive Mindset Activities
Doing yoga, colouring, breathing exercises, focussed activities etc. are a really good way to distract any concerns and help you feel calm. Here are some links or ideas you may wish to try:
- Go Noodle offers a bank of movement, yoga and mindfulness videos that can be accessed at home
- You Tube offers a wealth of videos to support yoga such as Cosmic Kids Yog
- Local links on social media websites, such as pages on Facebook, can offer support such as:
Twinkl is a website that offers a lot of resources including mindfulness colouring and activity sheets. They are currently offering parents a free month subscription. To sign up go to Twinkl. Create a new account and put in the offer code CVDTWINKLHELPS
Ideas for adults
Focusing on your own mental health is a priority as well. This will have a significant impact on how your child feels. A lot of the resources above can support older children and adults but here are a few more:
Podcasts – There are lots available but here are a couple of recommendations:
Tips to support your mental health during Coronavirus
Surrey Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services have produced Webinars on YouTube to help parents support children with anxiety around COVID/lockdown/returning to school/transitioning to a new school.
Surrey Family Learning has produced a 'Get Ready for School Booklet', which helps parents prepare their children for starting school in September. They have also produced a 'Family Wellbeing During Uncertain Times Booklet', which provides useful information and resources to support parents and children during these uncertain times.
Safeguarding & Support during School Closure
We are committed, as a school, to ensuring our children and families feel supported if the school is closed. Please remember in the first instance, if you have a concern, to contact your class teacher via the Class Dojo. However, if your concerns are of a safeguarding nature, you should contact members of the school’s safeguarding team during school hours by email at email@example.com
Here are some other useful links that provide further support outside of these hours:
Childline: help, support and advice on the telephone (0800 1111) or via the Internet www.childline.org.uk
Kooth: counselling service where any child can log on via the Internet to speak to a trained counsellor until 10pm. https://www.kooth.com/
Surrey Children's Services: 01483 517898 (Emergency duty team)
Police: 101 https://www.surrey.police.uk/ https://www.met.police.uk/
In a mental health emergency please don’t forget that you can call one of the following services:
Samaritans (116 123)
Papyrus (08000684141) the UK charity for the prevention of young suicide.
During these times, there may be a rise in people using social media inappropriately. If you or your children, see or experience online bullying or inappropriate content, you should report this directly to the social media platform or to the Police via 101. CEOP https://www.ceop.police.uk/safetycentre/ can also be used to report incidents of online abuse and crimes.
Here are some other useful links that provide further support with on-line safety:
Parentzone: www.parentzone.org.uk has lots of useful resources
Netaware: https://www.net-aware.org.uk parents can type the name of an app like TikTok and get all the info they need on age restriction and other issues to be aware of.
National Online Safety: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides
Interactive Guidance for setting up parental controls & guidance on popular apps: https://parenthub.thekeysupport.com?uuid=65a36fe8-681b-4f39-b2bb-b35ed3afed1b