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Emotional Wellbeing during the Coronavirus Pandemic

This is a diffcult time for everyone including children. On this page we have  gathered resources to support children's emotional well being and the key advice from the Government and Cornwall Council  .

The World Health Organisation Advice is that you should discuss COVID-19 with your children in an honest and age appropriate way and we have also included some resources to support this 

last updated 27th January 

World Health Organisation Advice

18. Help children find positive ways to express feelings such as fear and sadness.

Every child has their own way to express emotions. Sometimes engaging in a creative activity, such as playing, and drawing can facilitate this process. Children feel relieved if they can express and communicate their feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

19. Keep children close to their parents and family, if considered safe for the child, and avoid separating children and their caregivers as much as possible. If a child needs to be separated from their primary caregiver, ensure that appropriate alternative care is provided and that a social worker, or equivalent, will regularly follow up on the child. Further, ensure that during periods of separation, regular contact with parents and caregivers is maintained, such as twice-daily scheduled phone or video calls or other age-appropriate communication (e.g., social media depending on the age of the child).

20. Maintain familiar routines in daily life as much as possible, or create new routines, especially if children must stay at home. Provide engaging age appropriate activities for children, including activities for their learning. As much as possible, encourage children to continue to play and socialize with others, even if only within the family when advised to restrict social contract.

21. During times of stress and crisis, it is common for children to seek more attachment and be more demanding on parents. Discuss COVID-19 with your children using honest and ageappropriate way. If your children have concerns, addressing those together may ease their anxiety. Children will observe adults’ behaviors and emotions for cues on how to manage their own emotions during difficult times.

File icon: pdf World Health Organisation- mental-health-considerations.pdf [pdf 627KB] Click to download

Government Advice on Children's Mental Health and Well Being during the Coronavirus Outbreak 

Coronavirus Books for Children

Reassuring but honest online books suitable for children in our school . We have included both so you can choose the one to suit your child.

File icon: pdf Dave the Dog A Coronavirus Story [pdf 7MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Cornonavirus book illustrated by Axel Scheffler [pdf 7MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Coronavirus-A-Book-for-Children.pdf [pdf 7MB] Click to download
This book is a simple social story
File icon: pdf Covid 19 Information for Children [pdf 1MB] Click to download

The Reading Agency have teamed up with Libraries Connected and ASCEL to produce a book collection to help children stay safe, calm, connected and hopeful during the pandemic.

Many of these books can be ordered and  borrowed from Torpoint Library 

File icon: pdf Covid_children_s_booklist.pdf [pdf 1MB] Click to download

Children's  Commissioner - Guide to Coronavirus 

File icon: pdf cco-childrens-guide-to-coronavirus.pdf [pdf 1MB] Click to download

Unicef Advice

External Link Icon Unicef Advice for Families
lots of emotional and physical health tips and a story for children
UNICEF Story for Children and Families

Other ideas when extra help is needed...

 

Routine

Everyone’s routines have been and will be disrupted by the current situation.  We believe that it will help children with emotional needs if you put a  new routine in place for your circumstances.

 

Personal space

Personal space is something we all need, including our children.  At the moment it is important that we plan for  safe personal space in our homes, not just for the times when emotions are excessive.

 

Feeling that we have personal space can also be helped by mindfulness . We have included some mindfulness activities for children.

If physical space is an issue: 

  • designate a cushion, rug or even a corner where your child can go and no one will talk to them. 
  • a designated activity such as colouring or lego building could be the time when your child has personal space.
File icon: docx routinelist.docx [docx 216KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf 20 Simple Mindfulness Activities for Children .pdf [pdf 35KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Thrive-Wellbeing-toolkit-for-children-up-to-age-7.pdf [pdf 88KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Thrive-Wellbeing-toolkit-for-children-up-to-age-11.pdf [pdf 103KB] Click to download