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Today sees the return to school for some children after the longest break they will have had since starting school.
Across the country, many children in the early years and Year 6 will be back in their uniforms and heading for the classroom.
Except this time the classroom will be very different. As schools open their gates for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown began on 20 March 20th
The need to continue to social distancing calls for a new approach to the traditional school day. Classroom set-ups will be different as children are given their own space to work within designated ‘bubbles’. Staggered start and finish times to the day, combined with returning to a school which isn’t full of children all contribute to new experiences for pupils, parents and teachers.
Parents will have had many discussions about whether to send their children back today and understandably, parental differences around school return have been widespread. Managing those differences, and sharing those worries is crucial to ensure these concerns do not become another source of anxiety for your child. These discussions may be especially difficult where parents are separated.
OnePlusOne is offering its top tips for how to cope with the challenges this new situation may bring. They include:
Verity Glasgow, co-director of OnePlusOne, said:
“As a parent, this could well be the first time you have had to consider the risk of sending your child to school.
Every family faced with the possibility of their child returning to school at this time will have had some difficult and potentially stressful discussions about this step. Being clear with each other and sharing any concerns you may have as adults will help you to reach the best solutions for your family.”
This is unchartered territory for us all. Managing differences and concerns by listening and talking to each other will help to ensure these concerns do not become a source of anxiety for your child”.
Whatever decision parents made about the return to school today, how children adapt to this new environment is still to be seen. It is important that families, regardless of whether they are living together or apart, maintain an open dialogue about their feelings so that they can work through any concerns they have in the best interests of their children.
For further advice about life through lockdown, coping with stress together and other relationship issues, take a look at OnePlusOne’s expert articles on www.clickrelationships.org