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How to help your child adjust to being back at school

The end of lockdown in sight. It has been tough for parents, teachers, children, EVERYONE! Some children (and parents) will be thrilled that schools are fully reopening next week but others will be cautious and need extra reassurance.

Getting ready

  • Give them information about the school routine and structure of the day.
  • Talk about the school dinner menu or get them involved making their packed lunch.
  • Remind about hand washing, masks etc to reduce anxiety.
  • Explain that staff might change and mini self isolation periods may occur.

Support in the first week and beyond

  • Talk and listen. Explore feelings and validate them.
  • Reinforce social skills like turn taking in conversation and games.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Let them know what you will be doing and don’t be late for picking up

The last year has been a huge upheaval for all of us. Personally, I know I have found this last lockdown harder than anything last year.
Normal is still a long way off but we are on track. We need to get the return to school right for our children’s social, emotional and mental wellbeing before we can even start to think about their education.


  1. I blogged about my rants about the education system tonight – good to get it out of my system! So much needs to change.
    However I know my son is happier back to school and I got him early last week as he has had such a tough year.
    I hope they are all OK and happy. Learning happens anyway and intensive education can wait. #MischiefandMemories

  2. Our schools sent a lot of emails about anxiety and shift in friend groups and other ideas to make the transition back to school easier, so we were all prepared for it to not be just like going back after the long holidays….it’s all such a big deal. But they were SOOOOOOO happy to get out of the house and get back with friends, it was easy for mine.

  3. We’re definitely battling with our eldest about the getting plenty of sleep. He’d be up until silly o’clock reading if he could. We’re trying to remind him that now he’s back at school he needs to have rest and time to recuperate. #MischiefAndMemories

  4. The children have done so amazingly well throughout all of this. I completely agree with what you say about needing to get this right before we even think about anything else. I think the children should absolutely be a priority, not necessarily because of educational needs but more for social and psychological needs.

    Katrina x

  5. Great tips – my girl was so nervous on the first day and it was awful getting her in. Thankfully once that was out of the way she’s gone in happily the rest of the week. Hope yours settled back in ok xx #mischiefandmemories

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  7. My kids thankfully had a great first week with just a few wobbles from one of the girls, but a note in her pocket from mummy and fantastic day at school that included drama lessons sorted that all out – phew! #MischiefandMemories

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