We understand that families may be feeling anxious and worried during this unknown period. This section of the website will include links and resources aimed at reducing anxiety and promoting mental health.
As always, we are here to support you as best we can.
If you find yourselves in need of support, this could be linked to finances and food, mental health or feeling isolated, then please get in touch. You can use the 'Contact Us' section of this website or firstname.lastname@example.org to contact Karen Pickering, our Family Support Worker.
You can also contact your child's class teacher via Class Dojo or contact Mrs Wood, Miss Watts or Mrs Gardiner via e-mail or phone (01480 276599)
Please look after yourselves as well as your children.
Talking to your child about coronavirus
Young Minds: Top tips on talking to your child about the virus and advice for promoting mental health whilst self-isolating
BPS: The British Psychological Society highlights the importance of talking to children about COVID-19
Dave the Dog and Coronavirus: Molly Watts, an intensive care nurse at Southampton Children's Hospital, has written an online picture book Dave the dog Is worried about Coronavirus. Ms Watts said she wanted to give children "information without fear". The book tells the story of an owl called Nurse Dotty who explains coronavirus to Dave the Dog, which includes giving young readers tips on how to avoid the virus and prevent its spread. "Big changes to children's routines and lots of stories on the news can make it a really scary time," she said. "I've had lots of people tell me that their children were really anxious and didn't understand what exactly was going on but that reading the story had helped them feel better," she said. (PDF below)
Supporting parents and children's mental health
CHUMS are offering virtual parent drop in service where contact is offered via telephone. The clinicians who usually facilitate the drop-ins have been placed on the Duty Line Rota. These members of staff have experience in working with and supporting parents and families with their concerns. http://chums.uk.com/cambs-pborough-services/.