Preparing your child for the return to school

Many schools are providing specific guidelines and some have virtual tours on their websites. Do look on your child’s school website and consult with staff.

Department of Education and Science  – videos, guidelines, tips
https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/a128d-back-to-school/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/backtoschool/

Topics being raised on the back to school helpline
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/389bd-topics-being-raised-on-the-back-to-school-helpline/

Preparing your child for going back to school
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2d3af-advice-during-covid-19-back-to-school-advice-for-parents/

Posters on cough ettiquete, hand washing /wearing face coverings
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2da43-signage-for-reopening-of-schools/#primary-posters  Your child is likely to come across these in school-so do familiarise them with the contents..

Articles in the Irish Times on preparing getting back into the routine

Sheila Wayman Irish Times
https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/parenting/seven-steps-for-parents-in-the-countdown-to-reopening-of-primary-schools-1.4333054

John Sharry
https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/parenting/how-can-i-get-my-children-back-into-the-school-routine-1.4332295?mode=sample&auth-failed=1&pw-origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.irishtimes.com%2Flife-and-style%2Fhealth-family%2Fparenting%2Fhow-can-i-get-my-children-back-into-the-school-routine-1.4332295

Clinical Psychologist NHS – Excellent 8 minute video and 2 page fact sheet
https://nipinthebud.org/returning-to-school-after-the-lockdown/

Managing Transitions during Covid – Anna Freud Centre
https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2062/coronavirus-toolkit-managing-transitions.pdf

Story Book – My back to school bubble
https://e-bug.eu/downloads/english/COVID19_006_My%20Back%20to%20School%20Bubble_English.pdf

Sample story
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/0722b-wellbeing-resources/

Parent Tips Poster
https://hub.gmhsc.org.uk/mental-health/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/08/11.-Parent-tips-for-the-return-to-school-all-ages.pdf

Protecting your child – DES
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/40e9c-protecting-your-child-from-coronavirus/ &
file:///C:/Users/eithn/Downloads/85215_1dd58586-510f-4caf-b5fd-9e135b278262.pdf

First Day Back-Poster
https://www.traumainformedschools.co.uk/images/preparing_your_child_for_the_return_to_school.jpg

Returning to school-3 minute video clips of childrens talking about their experience going back – UK

Moving from preschool to primary school – podcast NEPs
https://twitter.com/Education_Ire/status/1290932029270437888

Moving from primary to secondary school – Excellent resource-A Planet Youth Initiative based on the Icelandic Model.
https://stepup.ie/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPitcRTE4ZE&list=PLgy7Kd_oisKVe6D1ok0M59-XT_KBwUr_x&index=4&t=57s

Dealing with an anxious child – Anna Freud Centre-7 tips –
https://www.annafreud.org/media/11608/7waysanxiety.pdf

Additional resources specific for children or young people with SEN

Guidelines for parents of children with Autism
https://managing-change.middletownautism.com/strategies/returning-to-school/
https://asiam.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Digital-copy-of-Bridge-back-to-school-3.pdf

If you are worried about your child getting COVID 19 – Research indicates the risk is low –
https://dontforgetthebubbles.com/evidence-summary-paediatric-covid-19-literature/

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