The start of a new academic year can be a challenging time for children and families. Parents can support their children with this significant transition by planning ahead and taking small steps. Here are some back to school tips for younger kids from The Maudsley Child and Adolescent Clincial Team.
Involving children in routines that help them to feel prepared for the next day of school. You might encourage them to participate in making/packing preferred lunches, organise their school materials and school bag, and review their timetable/schedule for the next day at school.
Talk to them: Talking to children about how they are feeling about the return to school. It is important to empathise with and normalise any nerves or worries that they may have. Asking children to reflect on the enjoyable aspects of the last academic year can be very useful as part of this discussion.
Ask for help: Some children will need more support than others with the transition back to school. If your child appears to be struggling, consider speaking with student support staff at school or the school counsellor. If difficulties persist or are very severe, consider talking to a specialist mental health professional.
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