Many children will be looking forward to returning to school, but many will find being around people difficult, frightening and even overwhelming. This will especially be the case as we move quite rapidly from social distancing to a return to school:
• Some children may have developed a fear of people in general.
• Many children will be overwhelmed by the implicit message that other people could be dangerous to their health.
• Many will not have experienced other people apart from their immediate family being in their personal space.
The daily life of a school, with its hustle and bustle, could be difficult for some and we need to be aware that some may have sensory issues and anxiety about the proximity of others physically.
To help prepare and support your child returning to school, we have provided a home book of feelings and thoughts. The idea is to encourage children to talk about and share their feelings about change and any worries they have around being at home or back in school.
We do hope you find it useful. These can be returned to school once your child starts back and will be used as a starting point for PSHE discussions.