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Helping kids return to school

There is no hard and fast rule here - other than be prepared!


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Getting back into routines

Just as routines were important during quarantine, new routines will help to make it easier for children to return to school.  Routines provide distraction and structure at a time of uncertainty.

  • Have a consistent morning routine: get up, teeth, wash, get dressed, make bed, have breakfast
  • Start talking about school: things to learn, people to see, games to play.  Buy uniform and other clothes together, try it on and show it off. Ask questions about what your child is thinking and feeling.
  • Be prepared for anxious partings on the first days back: get yourself ready emotionally, take advice from your teacher, but keep it quick and simple - a hug and three kisses, a goodbye and see you at pick up time (see our page on separation anxiety at
  • Start to bring bedtime forward by 15 minutes each evening  - build in wind down time or a 15 minute count down to bring games or TV programmes to an end, turn off or bring electronic devices downstairs
  • Have a consistent bedtime routine: pack away toys and games ("tidy up time"), help your child to choose clothes and get them ready before moving onto teeth, glass of water, settling time (reading), dim lights, devices on charge downstairs, hugs and kisses - lots of praise for sticking to the routine and gentle reminders if they forget 
  • Get back into sit down family meals - to bond, talk over the day and prepare for the next day. These questions are great for dinner or at the end of the school day:


Help children with difficult thoughts and feelings