Dear Parents/Carers,

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I hope this finds you well. I have attached some resources that I think you may find useful in supporting your children during these uncertain times. Life is very different for us all right now and change can be particularly difficult for children if they do not fully understand what is happening. Often children will experience uncertainty or anxiety as a feeling in their body, ‘a bad tummy’ for example, rather than explicitly saying that they are worried or concerned. This is especially true for younger children who have not yet developed the emotional vocabulary needed in order to verbalise their feelings.
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I have attached some stories explaining the Coronavirus in a very simplistic way using child-friendly language and illustrations. I have also attached a social story explaining school closures. Social stories are usually designed for children with additional needs. However, many children may be experiencing anxiety at the moment and could benefit from the use of a social story to help them understand what is happening in the world around them. These stories are designed to be used as a starting point for discussion and, as Government guidance is being reviewed and updated, they may need adapting as you discuss them with your child.
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Please do not feel pressured to use them or open up a discussion with your child around Coronavirus. Although my hope is that you feel supported in doing so should your child want to discuss it or have questions around it.
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I have also attached a sheet compiled by our Local Authority Healthy Schools Lead with tips for looking after your emotional health and wellbeing during this time. These tips are designed to support families and children of all ages. I hope you find these resources useful.
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Please look after yourselves.
Sending my very best wishes to you and your children.

Mrs Silvanus

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We would also like to challenge all the children of Hedworth Lane School to a Weekly Wellbeing Challenge! Dare you take the challenge each week!

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Personal Well-being