For some the return to school will be welcome and exciting, but others may be feeling anxious or frightened. Every family has a different learning from home story. Here are some ways you can support your child’s return to school.
Be positive about returning to school
Ask your child how they are feeling about returning to school. Your child may be feeling a mix of emotions, so it is important to listen to any concerns and respond in a calm, supportive and reassuring way.
Remind children about the positives — they will be able to see their friends and teachers and continue learning new things. Ask your child what they like about school and what they are looking forward to when they return.
If they feel nervous or worried, help them understand this is a normal reaction, and that you and their teachers are there to support them.
Explain that school might be different now
The more your child understands the changes, the more comfortable they are likely to feel. Talk to them calmly about some of the changes they may expect at school, such as needing to wear masks and keep a distance from their friends and teachers.
Encourage regular handwashing with soap – it's one of the best ways to keep safe from COVID. It doesn't need to be a scary conversation. Here’s a handwashing song by The Wiggles which you can sing along to.
Show your child how to cover a cough or a sneeze with their elbow, and ask them to tell you if they start to feel like they have a fever, cough or are having difficulty breathing.
School will look a bit different, with teachers and students wearing masks. If your child is upset or frustrated with wearing a mask, reassure them that is normal to talk about our worries and emotions. Emphasise these measures are in place to keep other children and teachers healthy.