We hope to keep up you up to date on the latest information and guidance about the virus.
Maintaining the family’s wellbeing while children are at home
Social connections, alongside exercise, sleep, diet and routine, are important protective factors for mental health. Materials to promote and support mental wellbeing are included in the list of online resources we have published to help children to learn at home. Public Health England’s Rise Above platform supports young people. The Department of Health and Social Care is providing £5 million of additional funding to support mental health charities to increase their provision for adults and children at this time. Social isolation, reduced exercise, and bereavement, may affect children’s wellbeing in this period.
Resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing include:
- MindEd educational resources for adults about children and young people’s mental health, which is relevant for parents and carers as well as volunteers, teachers, and other professionals working with children
- the Every Mind Matters platform which supports looking after your own and other’s mental health
- guidance on looking after wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- guidance on supporting children’s wellbeing and mental health
Maintaining Children’s welfare whilst they are in school
Following the return to school on Monday 8th March, it is important that we remain vigilant in regards to keeping both the children and school staff safe. In order to achieve this the following measures have been put in place:
- A one way system is in place to minimise contact between individuals when moving around the school.
- Windows are opened to allow fresh air to flow.
- Staff are wearing face masks.
- Children are encouraged to wash hands regularly.
- The children are kept within “bubbles” in the school.
- Parents are required to wear face masks when dropping off or collecting children.
- Children are sat in rows to avoid facing each other.
- Break times are staggered to minimise contact.