Home School Link Worker

Hello parents and carers,

Hooray we have made it to the summer holidays! Time to relax, enjoy and recharge batteries for September.

These last four months have been quite a journey. I have been so proud of the resilience and positivity shown by our parents, carers and children. I think that we need to remember the positives from this time and use them to shape our lives in the future.

This quote from the wonderful book, 'The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse' sums up this Covid-19 period.

'Everyone is a bit scared. But we are less scared together.'

To maintain this feeling of togetherness, although I am not officially working, I will remain contactable over the summer holidays by:

my school mobile: 07572 483197

email: r.hull@elson-jun.hants.sch.uk

FACEBOOK page - 'Keeping together when we are apart'

We are already a large community supporting each other, sharing ideas and just keeping in touch. Please join us.

 

 If, like me, your planned holiday is cancelled and you are going to enjoy a Staycation instead here are some resources to help make it a good one!

Staycation ideas

Holiday bucketlist bingo

Have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you all in September.

 

Love Beki Hull xxx

 

Useful documents at the bottom of the page. 

 

Concentrate on family time and fun over the summer. If you are concerned about your child here are some sites and apps that could help.

 

Self-Help Resources

The Educational Psychology Service has published a list of helpful resources:

The Anna Fre;ud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity. They have a range of advice on their website, including advice for children, families, schools and colleges about how to support during periods of disruption: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

Talking to children and young people about coronavirus / COVID-19

General information for adults talking to children:

Talking to children with autism – advice for adults:

Stories and social stories to share with children:

For young people to access directly

Looking after your own mental health in relation to covid-19

General guidance for supporting anxiety

Websites

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. This NHS website offers advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a national children’s mental health charity which offers advice for supporting mental health and wellbing: https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/

Support for mental health and wellbeing of children and young people: https://youngminds.org.uk/

Information about supporting young people with anxiety: https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/anxiety-information/young-people-and-anxiety/

Calm is a worldwide app for guided relaxation and mindfulness. They have created free access to support guided relaxation in response to the coronavirus situation https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=715072-free-mindfulness-resources-from-calm&utm_source=lists%2F51225-Ultimate-LoveLife-Makeover- Summit&simplero_object_id=su_eWE1de2opeEQMZhT61XBFMVm

Apps

Headspace (mindfulness app) have launched a free section called Weathering the storm. This includes meditation, sleep and movement exercises.

ThinkNinja - an app specifically designed to educate 11-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well.

Smiling Mind – an app designed to support with meditation and mindfulness for children, families and schools. Their website (https://www.smilingmind.com.au/) provides lots of information and guidance and the app provides guided relaxation / mindfulness sessions. They also have a YouTube channel with lots of informative videos as well as guided meditation sessions also: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSP__8_QEFYdi0gY2F3CXfA

A new resource available to download is a story to help children who are anxious about the Corona Virus written by a Southampton nurse, it is called ‘Dave the Dog is Worried About Corona Virus’.

You can download it from: www.nursedottybooks.com

 

A local author Clare Shaw writes books to support children through difficult times.

Take at look at her website: www.cskidsbooks.com

Her books are also available on Amazon.

Clare has added a free book to her website explaining Corona Virus in a child friendly way.

https://www.flipsnack.com/CSKidsBooks/what-s-going-on.html

 

 

 

Documents