Our Recovery Curriculum
We understand that many parents are acutely concerned about the learning their child has missed when they were not in school. We have put together a comprehensive catch-up plan to support all children as they return to school.
We are using a range of approaches and resources to support children's mental health and their learning.
Supporting Your Child - Wellbeing & Mental Health
As well as thinking about the children or young people in your care, it is important to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing. When parents and carers deal with a situation calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children and young people.
- Listen to and acknowledge their concerns - look out for any changes in their behaviour, they rely on you to interpret their feelings. MindEd for families is a free online educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults, which can support parents and carers through these exceptional circumstances.
- Provide clear information about the situation - one of the best ways to help your child to feel safe is by talking openly about what is happening and providing honest answers to any questions they have, using words and explanations that they can understand. The Children’s Guide to Coronavirus, by the Children’ Commissioner, and a storybook developed by and for children around the world affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) may help you to provide clear and appropriate information.
- Be aware of your own reactions – try to remain calm, speak kindly, and answer any questions honestly. For further information on how to look after your own mental wellbeing during the pandemic, see the guidance on how to look after your own mental health and wellbeing or visit Every Mind Matters.
- Connect regularly – if it is necessary for you and your children to be in different locations to normal, make sure you still have regular and frequent contact via phone or video calls. Try to help your child understand what arrangements are being made for them and why, in simple terms.
- Support safe ways for children and young people to connect with their friends – maintain social distancing; ifthis isn’t possible they can connect online or via phone or video calls. For more advice on helping your children stay safe online, see this guidance on staying safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Maintain a routine – routine gives children and young people an increased feeling of safety in the context of uncertainty, so think about how to develop a new routine, even within these changing times. Try to have a plan for each day, and for the week. Ensure there is time for learning, playing and relaxing. Encourage a balance of time on and off line. Keep regular bedtimes.
- If your child is not at school visit your child's class page, check their Google classroom or Tapestry account to find out what you can do to support continued learning at home. Plan time outside if you can do so safely or see Change4Life for ideas for indoor games and activities.
- Limit exposure to media and talk more about what they have seen and heard - like adults, children and young people may become more distressed if they see repeated coverage about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the media. Where possible try to maintain a balance, consider limiting the amount of exposure you and your family have to media coverage.