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Tackle Learning

This free online education programme, for parents of primary school children, offers help and advice about supporting your child's learning. 


Tips for Returning to School

Children will have different feelings about returning to school. This video has lots of tips about how to talk to your child about any worries they might have.

Going Back to School

Children may have lots of different feelings about going back to school after lockdown. Help your child fill in the boxes in the document below to explore these feelings, and anything they’re worried about.


Letting Go & Future Plans

Use the activities below to encourage your child to accept and let go of the things they missed out on due to the lockdown, and to look forward to things they can do in the future.



This e-Storybook aims to help children understand the new protective measures that may be in place at their school, in an age-appropriate way.

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 in School

Click below for some ideas of how best to prepare.

Emotional Health Activities

Click below to take a look at our emotional health activities and resources

My Lockdown Experience

Your child can use the symbols on this resource to communicate how they are feeling about their lockdown experience.

Top Tips for Preparing Children Who Find Change Difficult 


Self Care Summer Primary Pack

Self Care Summer Secondary Pack

Back to School Primary 

A Barnado's booklet with hints, tips & activities for your child to try so they move back into school life feeling confident and calm.


Back to School Secondary

A Barnado's booklet with hints, tips & activities for your child to try so they move back into school life feeling confident and calm.


Supporting Children Returning to School After the Lockdown

Take a look at the fact sheet below for tips and ideas about how to support your child.


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