Published on: 27th May 2020
Thousands of children in pre-school, reception, year 1 and year 6 may be returning to schools across England from 1 June 2020.
Here are some top tips to support you and your children who may be returning to school:
Two of our experts from Healthy Young Minds have also shared some additional thoughts:
Dr Chantal Basson, consultant clinical psychologist, says: “There is a lot of conflicting information around, which naturally makes the situation confusing and anxiety provoking. As human beings we dislike uncertainty; facts help to alleviate our anxiety and worry. It is hard to accept that we don't and can't know.
“Whether you have decided to send your children back or prefer them to stay at home, it's important not to feel guilty. Nothing is black and white at the moment, we all have to balance risk with our personal circumstances. If you are working, struggling with home schooling, and feel that your children would benefit from seeing friends and teachers, do what is right for your family. It's important at this time not to judge the choices that one family makes.”
Dr Sergio Sposato, another clinical psychologist, adds: “Anxiety is one of the most common emotions and can cause people to worry that something bad may happen in the future. Given the current circumstances, it is normal for parents to feel anxious; however, it is also important to make sure this anxiety is not passed to their children.”