It's that time of year! Back to school.
Is your child or young person nervous about going back to school?
To help handle back to school jitters we had a chat with our Supervising Social Workers to find out their top tips on supporting back to school anxiety.
The idea is the carer and child have a shared item so the child knows the carer will miss them too but they can hold the heart and think of the other until its home time."
Making the First Day Easier
Visualise going to school and discuss stories they have of their friends, fun activities they've experienced and memories of their teachers.
If possible consider contacting the school to ask for a video call with the teachers.
Create a worry monster or a worry box - where they can write their worries, then put them in and forget them.
Get a 'hope' or 'plan' jar and each time they think of something to do after school they can put the idea in a jar then each day they come home they get to pick out the jar.
The transition can take some time and there might be ups and downs along the way. Make sure you are taking steps to care for yourself and seek support if you need it.