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Keeping Well and Healthy

We know how difficult this lockdown will be for everyone, including children. Below, we have put together some of our top tips for you and your child to help keep them safe and well during this period of school closure.

Remember, if you need any help, please contact the school. You can get in touch with any of your child's teachers, their Year Leader, or Ms Duong. 

1. Follow a routine

It’s important to create a routine to give your child's day structure.

  • Try to get your child to get up and to go to bed at the same time every day.  Aim for at least nine to twelve hours of sleep per night, depending on the age of your child.
  • Now that they are learning from home and lessons are online, make sure you schedule in their breaks and lunch breaks, and time to move and stretch. 
  • Make time for exercise. This can include activities like an online dance class or a walk. If going for a walk, try and go for a walk in a green space such as a park. 

2. Eat well

Try to prepare nutritious food for your child. Eating well is good for both their physical and mental health.

  • Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day makes sure your child is getting a range of vitamins and minerals. Fresh, frozen, dried and tinned options all count.
  • Provide regular meals and stick to healthy snack options.

3. Keep hydrated

Drinking enough fluids helps the body function properly. The Eatwell Guide recommends six to eight glasses of fluid a day, but to drink a bit more when exercising.

4. Take time to switch off

While it’s important to keep up with school work, make sure your child takes some time away from it.  Try to encourage your child to spend time each day doing an activity they enjoy and that doesn't involve a screen.  

5. Maintain relationships

Many of us have been apart from some of our loved ones for a long time now. This can be very difficult and upsetting. Try to help your child to keep in regular contact using phone or video calls if you can. Writing letters or sending cards might also be a nice change if your child is feeling tired of video calls. 

Being at home with family may also be challenging at times for everyone. Try to encouarge everyone to talk to and respect each other if issues come up. Try to find ways for everyone to enjoy spending more time with those you live with if you can.

6. Seek support when needed

For many people, the idea of going into a stricter lockdown may feel overwhelming. Your child might feel sad, anxious, stressed or angry. How they feel might also change as time goes on. If anyone in your household is struggling, make sure they reach out to somebody and talk about how they’re feeling. This could be the child's parents or someone they live with, a teacher of someone at school or an external organisation. Below are some organisations that can help.

  • Mind
  • Young Minds (offer support for younger people)
  • MindEd, a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health
  • Every Mind Matters, which includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing.