Mindfulness calendar – Mentally Healthy Schools

Practising mindfulness over the summer break will help your child deal with
any anxieties or worries when they return to school. This resource is a
two-week calendar with a mindfulness activity suggested each day, which
parents could use for the last two weeks of summer.

Self-care summer activity pack – Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families

Help children create their own self-care plan for the summer holidays with
this activity pack.

Going back to school – Partnership for Children

Parents can work through this table with their children to explore the things
they may be worried about when going back to school, and ways to calm
those worries.

Tips for returning to school video – Nip in the Bud

In this short video, clinical psychologist Dr Jess Richardson shares
straightforward suggestions for parents and teachers to deal with any
potential apprehension or anxiety children may experience on returning
to school.

Letting go & future plans – Partnership for Children

An important part of preparing to go back to school is to reflect on what has
happened during coronavirus, as well as looking forward to the future.
Parents can complete this simple activity sheet with their child to help them
let go of things they may have missed out on during the lockdown.

‘My Back to School Bubble’ e-book – e-Bug and NABU

This simple, illustrated e-book is ideal for parents of young children
to explore what the return to school might look like, and help them feel
more prepared.

Self-care kit – NHS

Practising good self-care is another important way children can get ready
for the return to school. This self-care kit has lots of ideas and activities for
self-care for children, including mindful colouring, breathing exercises, an
emotional check-in, a self-soothe box and more.

Preparing your child for the first day back at school – Trauma Informed Schools

Schools may want to share this poster with parents, which features some
simple top tips for helping children feel more ready to return to the school
environment.

Smiling Mind app

Technology can be a great tool for encouraging mindfulness in children.
This app features lots of mindfulness and meditation activities specifically
designed for parents and children to do together. (Please note that
because this is an app it has not been QA’d by our clinicians. Adults should
always explore apps first before sharing with children, and should always
monitor their use of apps.)