School Life

Getting Back into School Routines

During the holidays, the regular school day routine has probably been more relaxed. Bed times may have been later and the morning alarm clock may have been turned off! 

Going back to school after any break can present challenges for children, young people and even parents and carers. It’s worth doing a little bit of preparation before the new school routine begins, to make the transition as easy as possible for everyone.

Good routines help build good habits, ease anxious feelings, and reduce stress for young people and parents.

Below are a few tips on how to make the transition back into the school day routine.

Dive Deeper


After a summer holiday of playing and socialising, getting back into a homework routine can be difficult.

  • Work out a homework schedule with your child to help them stay focused and motivated.
  • Complete homework as soon as school is over for the day before tiredness sets in. It can be stressful trying to motivate your child when everyone is feeling tired or stressed.
  • Provide healthy snacks to keep your child’s energy up while they work through their homework.
  • Let your child know that you understand the hard work they are putting in, and give them frequent positive feedback to help motivate them to get homework done.

Nerves Are Normal

Let your child know that their nervous or apprehensive feelings about the start of school are normal. All kids (and adults!) have a hard time getting back into routines after time off. The knowledge that they are not alone in this experience, will help them feel like they're being heard and understood.

Read more about techniques on reducing nerves and anxiety

Look After Your Own Feelings

Children look to their parents and carers for reassurance. If they see you struggling with worries, or see that you are disorganised or stressed – they are likely to feel this as well.

Let your child see you taking steps to mange your worries and stress in a positive way.

  • Get good information and focus on what you can control.
  • Let them see you being calm and making realistic plans.
  • Use relaxation techniques, eat well and exercise to role model good ways of coping.

This will really help your children feel like you can cope and keep them safe. They will be able to ‘catch’ your healthy coping habits too!

You may be struggling with your own mental health. Getting support for this can really help you and your child.

Does My Child Need Extra Help?

If the return to school is causing your child stress and anxiety that is hard to cope with and getting in the way of them being able to enjoy life. Talk to their school in the first instance.

You can call Just One Number to talk to a health professional or there are some useful helplines below;

  • SHOUT - text 'Shout' to 85258 for 24 hour crisis support by text - available 7 days a week.
  • Childline - Young people under 19 years old can call 0800 1111 for free support.
  • Young Minds Parent Helpline - Call 0808 802 5544 free of charge Monday-Friday from 9.30am-4pm.

Read more about techniques on reducing nerves and anxiety

Who can Help?

Your child’s school will be sensitive their needs and are there to help all pupils. If you are worried give the school a call to talk about how they can help your child.

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

For 11–25 year olds Kooth is a free, confidential and safe way to receive online counselling, advice and emotional well-being support.

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