Updated: September 2020

  • Returning to Primary School: What parents need to know. 

​​From the beginning of September, schools in England will re-open their doors to welcome all children back to classrooms in September for the start of the school year. The #backtoschoolsafely campaign details the safety measures schools have taken to help stop the spread of viruses, like coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools and colleges as all students return in September. See the download section for 'What parents need to know' produced by HM Government.

  • In response to the Covid-19 situation, Barnados, in partnership with the Department for Education, have created a new service called See, Hear, Respond. To help support families the See, Hear, Respond Support Hub has been created, which is a central place for you to explore, where you can find a wealth of information, resources & tools - from practical advice on how to talk to your children about the pandemic, to tips on managing anxiety and much more.
  • Staff from Educational Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, and CAMHS have put together ‘Back To School’ packs: For young people and for younger children. They’ve been written for Manchester's autistic students but will be relevant for many other children, young people and their families. See the downloads section 'Back to school a pack for younger children' and 'Back to school a pack for young people'.


  • Young MInds - What to do if your child is anxious about going back to school


  • The Royal College of Occupational Therapists have produced a “Tips Sheet” for parents about how to prepare a child for returning to school in September. See download 'Top Tips for prepaing your child to return to school.' 


  • Click the 'Support services poster - Mental Health and Well Being' for a leaflet with useful numbers for agencies supporting young peoples emotional wellbeing.


Following the latest government advice, if one person in any household has either of the symptoms below:

  • a fever / high temperature (37.8 Celsius or above)
  • a new continuous cough - this means a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

everyone living in the household must stay at home for 14 days. Public Health England continue to direct concerns to the NHS 111 website and advise only using the NHS 111 phone line if symptoms deteriorate, if you feel unable to manage and cope at home or if symptoms do not improve after 14 days.

Further information can be found on GOV.UK



Understandably, your child will have many questions about the coronavirus.  To support you with your conversations please find below the following links to websites giving advice about how to talk to your children about what is happening and how to answer their questions.

Emotionally freindly Settings: How to talk to children about coronavirus

Please2Be: Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children

Child Mind Institute: Talking to kids about coronavirus


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Click above to see the latest government advice on how to support your child's learning during Coronavirus. 


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