NSPCC Cymru provides tips for a smooth back-to-school transition
As children across Wales get ready to return to school after a well-earned summer break, many will be excited to reunite with friends and resume their studies.
However, an NSPCC Cymru spokesperson highlighted the importance of acknowledging that some may feel uneasy about returning to school, fearing bullies, or worrying about the challenges of a new academic year.
The spokesperson for NSPCC Cymru encouraged parents, carers, and close family members to engage in open and honest conversations with children about school, even if nothing seems wrong.
“If a child appears anxious or worried about returning to school, there are several ways to offer support,” the spokesperson said.
“Firstly, it is essential to reassure children that it is okay to feel uncomfortable initially, as readjusting to the school environment after a break may take time.”
Parents should encourage their children to list the things they like about school and the things that concern them, then discuss ways to cope with each concern.
“Writing down worries can be a positive first step as it helps visualise problems and provides parents with valuable insights,” the spokesperson added.
Maintaining frequent, open, and informal conversations, even when nothing seems wrong, can offer reassurance and a safe space for children to express their worries.
The NSPCC Cymru spokesperson emphasized the importance of reminding children that they can talk to trusted family members, teachers, or trained impartial professionals.
NSPCC Cymru’s Childline counselling service provides free and confidential support for children at any time of the day or night. “Exploring the Childline website together can be beneficial as it offers various activities and tools to help improve mood and provide advice,” the spokesperson suggested.
Children can use the Art Box area to draw pictures expressing their feelings and desires, read tips about making friends, or use the Mood Journal to document their feelings and school experiences.
“If children are not ready to speak to a parent or trusted adult, the Childline website also features moderated message boards where they can communicate with other young people facing similar concerns,” the spokesperson said.
Sometimes, knowing that they are not alone in their feelings can be incredibly comforting for children. Many who have used the service have found the message boards to be a great place to seek peer support in a safe and moderated environment.
Lastly, NSPCC Cymru suggests helping children prepare for school by ensuring they get a good night’s sleep without mobiles, tablets, or other devices that might disrupt their rest. Having their uniform and equipment ready the night before can also help reduce anxiety before school.
“While sometimes things do not go as planned, using NSPCC Cymru’s advice can help children feel better prepared for the next academic year and know what to do if they are struggling,” the spokesperson concluded. Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: News@Deeside.com