Ten Top Tips for returning to school Post COVID
- Talk to your child and reassure them about school. Listen to their concerns and help them to think about how they can overcome them. Many schools are offering online video’s and other support for children who are starting a new school or returning after a long time away – make the most of these resources.
- Reassure your child that they will be safe and prepare them for what to expect at the end of the school day. Perhaps another family member will be collecting them, or they may be attending after school activities.
- Help your child to get back into a routine now. Getting them back to normal sleep and walking up times will help in the ling run, as will doing some additional learning such as reading or completing holiday homework.
- Make sure you have uniform ready and labelled with their name. Your children will want to look the same as other children.
- You can buy basic school uniform from all large supermarkets. Check with your child’s school via their website to confirm what they need for school. Many schools have logo’s on jumpers, cardigans and blazers please check with the school your child will be attending. Your child will also need a PE kit, which the school website can advise you on.
- For good condition second hand uniform with badges and logos, you can contact Uniform Express on 07950 666415.
- You can also contact Baby Bank for second hand basic uniform items (shirts, skirts, trousers) on 07704 919184.
- Try to let your child see where the school is if they have not made a visit.
- Find out from the school if your child will be expected to bring a water bottle and a packed lunch.
- You can check if you are entitled to free school meals through your child’s school or on line: http://www.slough.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/free-school-meals.aspx
- Get everything ready for school the night before, this includes uniform, bag and shoes, ensure you don’t have any last minute worries on the first day back so that you can just focus on your child. On the first day give yourself lots of time to get to school early so you or your child do not get over anxious. Praise your child and take a photo of them in their school uniform.
- Explain to your child that they will have a really great time and you can’t wait to hear all about their day later on. Remind them of what to expect after school.
- Be positive and try not to show your own anxiety if you can.
- If you do not think you are receiving enough benefits Slough Borough Council has a Benefits Take-up team who can offer help and advice if you are confused about your benefit entitlement. The Benefits Take- up team can provide advice, guidance and assistance with the full range of welfare benefits, to help you boost your income. Call Amit on 07880 091 295 or Nasim on 07710 858946.
This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Slough Family Information Service website and Slough Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations