Support for Families
The situation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic has placed a strain on all of us. We hope that the following links may be of some help to families during this difficult time.
Helping your Child - Emotional Wellbeing
Read this excellent Advice from the British Psychological Society.
Be open and honest, in an age appropriate way, when speaking with your child.
If you don't know an answer, it is okay so say so. If possible, suggest finding an answer together.
Set aside time to talk about the day and how your child is feeling. The Young Minds charity has advice about Conversation Starters.
Role-model talking about your own feelings and show how you manage them; this will help your child to learn their own strategies. Explain that all feelings are ok. We just need to learn how to share them and cope appropriately.
If your child's behaviour is out of control, step back and wait for a situation to calm down before speaking with them.
If your child does not want to share their thoughts or feelings, you could suggest writing them down, if they would like to that instead.
You may find this Flyer about Anxiety from our Parent Support Worker helpful.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Educational Psychology run a telephone support line - 02392 441497 during the current COVID-19 pandemic, which is open to parents/carers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30am - 11:00am.
You may find the following information on anxiety useful: What is Anxiety? and Tips for helping your child manage worries and anxiety.
Please also see this Family Wellbeing Pack during COVID1 from the Havant School Nursing Team.
Crisis Line for Children and Young People (Hants and IOW Leaflet)
Helping your Child - Sleep
The environment your child sleeps in is important.
Also, have a routine and keep it consistent:
- Allow time for relaxing together, including bath time and reading a story.
- There should be no technology during the bedtime routine - ideally not for an hour before bed.
- Plan in time for talking 1-1. Speak about the day and offer encouragement. Each day starts afresh so do not continue talk about anything negative from today, rather focus on moving forward.
- Check if your child needs the toilet or drink at a suitable time before bed so they are not asking for these things after saying goodnight.
Helping your Child - Behaviour
Helping your Child - Motivation for Learning
Read our suggestions in Motivating your Child when 'Learning from Home'
Other Useful Links for Parents
Children's Health and Development:
Relationship Counselling for Individuals, Couples and Families:
Free Digitial and Numeracy Courses:
The Skills Toolkit (online government campaign)