Early Years

Talking to children about Coronavirus

Talking to children about Coronavirus

The Children’s Commissioner has created a children’s guide to coronavirus which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Children’s guide to coronavirus | Children's Commissioner for England

For very young children, the resource above will provide a useful reference for appropriate messages that adults can share when talking to children about the coronavirus.

Resources to help with anxiety for pupils and families

Worry and anxiety are common problems at the best of times, and when it takes over it can become all-encompassing. Psychology Tools have put together this free guide to help you to manage your worry and anxiety in these uncertain times.

Living with anxiety and worry

This situation is one of extreme uncertainty. We don’t know what will happen, how long it will last or what things will be like when it’s over. One thing we do know, however, is that worrying about it won’t change the outcome. Learning how to tolerate the uncertainty is a huge part of building healthy coping skills for ourselves, which we then want to model for our children. Practicing mindfulness helps bring us back to the present.

This article regarding supporting children's metals health may also be of interest to you;

Early Years in Mind - Mental Health

The following websites and apps may be helpful:

www.childmind.org

www.actionforhealthykids.org

https://www.home-start.org.uk/Listing/Category/support-for-families-during-covid-19

https://www.childnet.com/blog/keeping-children-happy-and-safe-online-during-covid-19

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