Supporting children on their return to school 

As children adjust to the new routine, cognitive and behavioural difficulties may seem more challenging. 

  1. Fatigue may be more problematic as a direct consequence of the extra effort it takes to readjust to the change back to school. The school day may seem long.
  2. Speak to your child’s teacher about possible rest breaks during the day if your child seems unduly tired or lethargic.
  3. Return to homework after remote learning may require adjustment. Establish a routine. Make sure there is a quiet place to do homework, away from distractions and temptations such as screens
  4. Make sure children are involved in the setting up of each day, such as making lunches, laying out uniform and packing bags.
  5. Converse with your child about their day. Ensure that you help them identify all aspects of their day, both positive and challenging. Children tend to focus of negatives to the exclusion of other events.
  6. After the time at home, some children may have difficulty with emotional regulation. Encourage them to take calm down times and time out. Many teachers build relaxation strategies into their school day.
  7. Exercise, good meals and restorative sleep are vital. Many children got into the habit of late nights and sleeping in while lockdown was occurring. They should be weaned back into good habits.
  8. Afternoon naps should be discouraged. These tend to lead to sleep disruption. 
  9. If you are concerned please speak with your child’s teacher or Head of House.

Mr Alan Clarke

Paediatric Psychologist