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Helping Young People Understand COVID-19

Parents and Carers 

We understand that this is a difficult time for students and their families and will try to provide useful resources to help families manage the school closure period. 

Parent support

Support offer Who is this for? When

Sleep workshop (Primary)


This a session for parent/carers and children to look at sleep patterns and supporting a healthy approach to sleep.  This will be over two consecutive Fridays,  1st and 8th May at 11.00-11.45
Catch up coffee mornings Parents who are feeling isolated or just need to chat a few things over.  This would be a small group and facilitated by a PMHW and an SEMH practitioner

Tuesdays 10.30 to 11.30


Wednesday 2.00-3.00

Parent anxiety workshop

(years 5 and 6)

This is a session to support parents in understanding anxiety Friday 1st May at 10.30-11.30
Parent workshop around low mood A brief presentation for parents and carers, exploring the link between low-mood and life events. For those wanting to understand and explore some of the supportive approaches that can be used

Tue 5th May  1pm-2pm


Tue 12th May 11am-12pm.


Parent/carers should e-mail in order to register.  These will be small groups and will be on Face Time or WhatsApp, depending on access.


Tips for parents

  • Try not to shield your child from the news, as it’s likely they will find out somehow from school, being online or from friends.
  • Talk to your child about what is going on. you could start by asking them what they have heard.
  • Try to answer their questions and reassure them in an age appropriate manner. Remember, you do not need to know all the answers, but talking can help them feel calm.
  • Reassure your child that it is unlikely they will get seriously ill, and if they do you feel ill you will look after them. Your child might be concerned about who will look after you if you catch the virus. Let them know the kind of support you have as an adult so that they don’t feel they need to worry about you.
  • Give some practical tips to your child about how they can look after themselves. For example, show them how to wash their hands properly, and remind them when they should be doing it.
  • Keep as many regular routines as possible, so that your child feels safe and that things are stable.
  • Spend time doing a positive activity with your child (e.g. reading, playing, painting, cooking) to help reassure them and reduce their anxiety. This is also a great way of providing a space for them to talk through their concerns, without having a ‘big chat’. For activities ideas, visit our starting a conversation with your child guide. 
  • Encourage your child to think about the things they can do to make them feel safer and less worried.
  • Be aware that your child may want more close contact with you at this time and feel anxious about separation. Try to provide this support whenever possible.
  • Remember to look after yourself too. If you yourself are feeling worried, or anxious about coronavirus, talk to someone you trust who can listen and support you.

Talking about Covid-19

Click here for NHS guidance on handling conversations around Covid-19.


Supporting your child’s learning at home

Click here for advice from SafetyNet on talking about Covid-19, safeguarding and supporting your child's learning at home. 

Below are some useful resources to help young people understand COVID-19

Talking to children about COVID-19

Looking after your mental health while self-isolating

Connection in the time of Corona

Young Minds - - Information for young People and Parents

Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (free for mobiles and landlines).


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