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attend school you will still be able to communicate with senior leaders or, in some
timetable for a variety of reasons. Giving yourself and your children permission to accept this
can be a big weight lifted.
clearly beyond their control. Reassure children that it is the adult’s job to make sure things are
OK and to keep them safe.
children and young people. Most children see their friends nearly every day of the week and so
not being in contact with them for some time might be upsetting. Is it possible for children to
talk to their friends on the phone? Perhaps establish a group Skype or WhatsApp call? Perhaps
they could write letters to each other.
children. Reassure children that lots of adults and other children are in the same situation.
very reassuring. As adults we like to know what is going to happen, and children like this too.
A consistent routine lets everyone be secure about the plans for the day. It is often useful to
involve children in creating this routine, so that they feel part of the plan, rather than the plan
being imposed on them. You could display the routine using a timeline, or maybe pictures and
visuals. Encourage children to develop independence by referring to their own routine/plan
that planning and sticking to the routine is causing more stress, friction or conflict, then it’s
OK to be more ‘free-flow’. Perhaps be guided by the activities that children want to do.
and so it’s OK not to be doing ‘school work’ for six hours a day. It might be more important to
be spending time together, building relationships, enjoying shared activities and reassuring
children, as opposed to replicating the school timetable.
keep it all in one place so that it doesn’t spread out over the house. This can help to maintain
a work/home boundary. We know that people live in different circumstances that might mean
this isn’t always possible, so perhaps there might be other ways to ‘signal’ the end of working
e.g. putting away the work and then enjoying a favourite song or shared dance!
and announcements, but it can be hard to switch off from the constant stream of news from
media outlets and social media. Reduce the time spent hearing, reading or watching news –
at the moment it might be overwhelming for adults and children. Try to protect children from
distressing media coverage.
screens more often over the coming weeks e.g. phones, tablets, gaming consoles and the
internet. If this is the case make sure they are supervised. Ensure appropriate content filters
are active – the UK Safer Internet Centre offers guidance on setting up parental control. Try
to ensure all children have a balanced range of activities each day. Involve children and young
people in these discussions so that they feel part of the plan.
like all their hard work has been for nothing. Reassure young people that the Prime Minister
has said that all children and young people will get the qualification they worked towards,
but acknowledge that the plan is a bit uncertain right now. Reassure young people that the
government and Department for Education are working on a plan.
also a great way to reduce stress in adults.
Coronavirus and UK schools closures: Support and advice for schools and parents/carers
Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP)
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Authors Dan O’Hare, Melernie Meheux, Vivian Hill