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How are we supporting the children at Rolleston?


Whatever your circumstance, it is inevitable that both you and your children will be feeling unsettled due to the changes to normal life. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our tension and anxiety.  They (and we) have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off school might sound awesome, they will still be feeling some mixed emotions, particularly about not seeing friends and the change to their routine.

Over the coming weeks, you may see some changes in behaviour with your children as a result. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally, it may happen.  You may also see more meltdowns and tantrums in the coming weeks: This is normal and expected under these circumstances.

What children need right now is to feel comforted and loved.  To feel like it’s all going to be ok.  The most important thing is that you let them know how loved they are.  If you can, play outside or go on a walk.  Bake cookies and paint pictures.  Play board games and watch movies.  Start a book and read together as a family.  There are lots of fun suggestions below to have a go at!

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in this boat and they all will be OK.  When they are back at school, we will all course correct and meet them where they are.  Teachers are experts at this! Over the coming weeks, your children’s mental health will be more important than their academic skills.  If we can help them to feel loved, this is what will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during the next few weeks is long gone.


If you'd like a chat about support for your child or advice around their needs please contact their class teacher. They will be able to offer support or may recommend that you speak to someone else at school. We will get back to you! Also please share any ideas or agencies that you have found useful. There is a lot of good stuff out there!


Keep safe and keep smiling at this difficult time. 


Mrs Carter x


Fun Activities Indoors and Outdoors

Baking cakes     Cooking together   Create a scrapbook    Treasure hunt       Flip book animation  Create your own story   Make a fairy doorway    Stage a family play       Create a den       Chalk art in the garden        Plant sunflowers  Plant tomatoes 


Parent and child pampering sessions         Family choir        Make a bird feeder Create a time capsule    Find a pen pal    Our homes’ got talent      Create a nature collage   Finger painting      Design your own board game    Family sports day


Macaroni crafts    Junk modelling   Baking soda volcano      Messy play        Noughts and crosses       Play pirates  Family bake off     Family quiz   Clap for the NHS     Positive affirmations artwork  Decorate a room      


Design your own birthday card  Nerf gun garden battle  Hangman  Write a song/poem       Play the sun always shines on me Play hide and seek   Create your own bead necklace   Tie and dye art    Cartwheels  Set a skipping record  Create a memory box  Hop! 


Play snap  Help in the garden        Put on finger puppet show   Dance performance     Smile!    Make a paper fortune teller (chatterbox)  Family movie and popcorn night    Help wash dishes  Design a car   Re-lace trainers in a new style        Create home art rubbings       Water fight


 Paint garden stones  Decorate plant pots    Make a dreamcatcher     Help with washing dishes     Decorate a hairband  Family picnic in garden Make your own obstacle course   Create origami bunnies   Hopscotch   Easter bonnet Chalk garden games       Become a news broadcaster Laugh!


Garden gymnastics Penalty shootout competition   Fancy dress day Create a bug hotel    Jump about  Pyjama day  Digital detox day Paper aeroplane competition       Musical statues       Bake your own cookies  Make your own gloop  Learn sign language  Learn Makaton  


Paint a parent’s nails    Make a family member breakfast in bed   Adopt an animal (charity)              Plait your hair in a new style each day  Make indoor restaurant for your family       Paper mache balloon     Tidy your room    Have a tea party    Make yogurt pot telephones    



Useful fun, websites with highly visual games  for using with your children to learn and consolidate early skills.


Click on the folders to find information, activities and sites to support you and your child:


Managing a Meltdown

Isolation is a stressful time for everyone, your children will be struggling to adjust to their new routine and make sense of what is happening. Resources in the social, emotional star will help. However it is likely that the stresses of what is happening will impact on your child's behaviour, You know your child better than anyone but here are some useful coping strategies which may help

  • Stay calm and don't shout
  • if your child has triggers which have caused the meltdown remove them
  • remove other children and things from the situation - reduce stimulations
  • talk in a calm soothing voice
  • give clear short instructions
  • remove anything that can cause them harm
  • don't tell them off
  • Stay close and watch them without over crowding them
  • Use breathing exercises
  • When they are calming down give them a cuddle - big squeezes help to calm
  • when they have calmed down - let them relax, give them a drink or snack, chewing will help to calm them further
  • retreat to a quiet space
  • when they are ready talk to them about what happened so that you can avoid it again in the future

Remember a meltdown is not bad behaviour, it is when your child is so overwhelmed and overloaded that they cannot communicate this - they have lost their words. They are having a fight or flight response and they have lost control, they really need you not to. 


Local Help

  • Your GP They will be able to provide help and advice. Your GP can also provide access to appropriate specialist services and local organisations.


  • Call 111 You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.


  • NHS mental health services Find local mental health services on the NHS website. 


National Help

  • Childline Free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.
  • 0800 1111


  • Mind – Infoline Offers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help. This has an excellent Coronavirus hub section to support your child. 
  • 0300 123 3393, text number: 86463


  • Supportline  Confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.
  • 01708 765200


  • The Samaritans  The Samaritans provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal.
  • 116 123


  • NSPCC  Provides helplines and information on child abuse, child protection and safeguarding children.
  • 0808 800 5000


  • Young Minds  Young Minds has a Parent Helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person. There are also tips, advice and where to get support for your child's mental health during the coronavirus
  • 0808 802 5544



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