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School is not just a place where your children learn, grow and develop, it's also a place where they have social groups and a sense of routine. The turmoil of the Covid pandemic has turned your child's world upside down. The uncertainty of lockdowns and opening schools back up again has disrupted family life and your child's education. 

The journey back to normal may be challenging but there are tips to help you and your child transition back to school after lockdown.

Sandwell Back to School 

Covid Testing

Rapid Lateral Flow Test Guidance

Government guidance for households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests.

Sandwell Rapid Covid-19 home tests

Rapid Covid-19 home tests for adults who live with school age children in Sandwell

Going back to school

Information for parents

Latest Government guidance on going back to school 

Sandwell Schools

Latest information on Sandwell schools

Back to school tips

Top tips for easing the transition back into the classroom

Going back to school

Childline tips for going back to school

Back to School Hub

Barnardo's  range of resources, tools, videos and more to help you support your child’s journey going back to school.

Getting into a routine

  • Practise routines such as washing hands and ensure they know the importance of this.
  • Encourage children to go to sleep and wake up at a regular time.
  • If snacking has become a habit, try to get back to your usual mealtimes.
  • Talk to your child about the staff and children that will be in their small group.
  • Share any information you have about how things will work when they return to school

 Back to school in Sandwell

Information for parents in Sandwell

Getting back into a routine

Family Lives top tips for getting back in to a routine

Going back to school

CAMHS advice on going back to school

Returning to School

Mental health and returning to school

Manage Anxiety

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families support for children and young people struggling with anxiety.

Healthy sleep tips for children

Get children in to a healthy sleep routine

Talk to Someone

BEAM Sandwell

Emotional health and wellbeing for young people in Sandwell


Online mental wellbeing support for young people


support for young people in Sandwell

School Nursing Teams

Early help and extra support for children and young people at school

Sandwell Healthy Minds

Help for people experiencing mental health problems

Black Country Emotional Support Helpline

Freephone 0808 802 2288


Talk to someone or use the self help toolkit

Black Country Women's Aid

Talk to someone about child sexual exploitation, relationship abuse and sexual violence

Health and Wellbeing

Sandwell's 5 ways to wellbeing

top tips on supporting your wellbeing


Sandwell directory of health and wellbeing services

Healthy Sandwell

Health and wellbeing suppport in Sandwell

Health for Teens

NHS website to support teenagers with health and wellbeing

Health for Kids

Health and wellbeing resources for families


Helpful advice on starting school and changes at school

Money and Benefits

Citizens Advice

Benefits, work, debt and money advice

Council Tax

Sandwell Council advice on paying your Council Tax

Welfare Rights

Sandwell Council free, impartial advice on claiming benefits

Get financial help

Advice on getting financial help in Sandwell

Black Country Foodbanks

get help with emergency food supplies in a crisis

Free School Meals

Your child may qualify for free school meals

Help with school uniforms

You may qualify for school clothing assistance

School Travel Costs

You may be entitled to help with school travel costs

Paying for childcare

Get help with paying for childcare before and after school and school holidays