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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.
Latest Government guidance on going back to school
Latest information on Sandwell schools
Top tips for easing the transition back into the classroom
Childline tips for going back to school
Barnardo's range of resources, tools, videos and more to help you support your child’s journey going back to school.
- 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
Information for parents in Sandwell
Family Lives top tips for getting back in to a routine
CAMHS advice on going back to school
Mental health and returning to school
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families support for children and young people struggling with anxiety.
Get children in to a healthy sleep routine
Emotional health and wellbeing for young people in Sandwell
Online mental wellbeing support for young people
support for young people in Sandwell
Early help and extra support for children and young people at school
Help for people experiencing mental health problems
Freephone 0808 802 2288
Talk to someone or use the self help toolkit
Talk to someone about child sexual exploitation, relationship abuse and sexual violence
top tips on supporting your wellbeing
Sandwell directory of health and wellbeing services
Health and wellbeing suppport in Sandwell
NHS website to support teenagers with health and wellbeing
Health and wellbeing resources for families
Helpful advice on starting school and changes at school
Benefits, work, debt and money advice
Sandwell Council advice on paying your Council Tax
Sandwell Council free, impartial advice on claiming benefits
Advice on getting financial help in Sandwell
get help with emergency food supplies in a crisis
Your child may qualify for free school meals
You may qualify for school clothing assistance
You may be entitled to help with school travel costs
Get help with paying for childcare before and after school and school holidays