A message from us 

Lots of people are feeling more anxious than usual during these uncertain times: This is a perfectly normal response.

Below we have compiled some resources to help support both you and your child/children through what we know are difficult and worrying times. We hope you find them useful – as a staff we certainly have.

Keep smiling, keep safe.

From all the staff at Whiston

xxx

For children 

Websites

https://issuu.com/sophie_marsh/docs/stay_home_superheroes  This is a gorgeous storybook “dedicated to all the little superheroes around the world”. Read on to find out why you’re a superhero too…

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/  This is a wonderful toolkit full of practical and interactive activities and exercises developed by Childline. From breathing exercises to yoga stretches, interactive games and videos about ‘how to cope’, there are lots of ideas to help children express themselves and release any anxieties they might have.  Teacher favourites on her include the ‘Build your happy place’ game which is a wonderful way of focussing on things that make us feel positive. Another favourite is the ‘Balloon game’ – it’s wonderfully calming and relaxing.

Attachments

Below are some lovely booklets for you to open full of fun ideas and activities. Enjoy :) 

It’s okay to worry about coronavirus- A resource pack aimed at children in primary school. The ideas and resources in here will help you understand what coronavirus us and begin to explain how you feel about it. It is then full of games and ideas to help you if you’re feeling a little bit worried. The worry tree is a brilliant resource. Maybe you could print this and stick it to the back of your bedroom door?  

14 day challenge- Ask your grown up to click the links to take you to some fantastic activities that will boost your self-esteem, calm your mind or simply relax.

Self-care kit- A brilliant booklet developed by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. It is full of activities to help you:

  • Keep healthy
  • Feel your feelings
  • Relax
  • Let go of your worries
  • Stay connected

Find a page that you like the look of and get stuck in :) 

File icon: pdf It's okay to worry [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf 14 day challenge [pdf 973KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Sheffield NHS Trust self-care kit [pdf 7MB] Click to download

For grown-ups

Websites 

https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/   This is a site created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support mental health and well-being. Whilst it has resources specifically linked to Covid-19, it is also packed with brilliant downloads, websites and videos to support with conversations about well-being in general.

Every Mind Matters has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It also includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak. Please visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Attachments 

Covid-19 resources pack for parents – A pack of useful information, advice and resources to support you in speaking to your children about coronavirus and tips to manage your own anxiety. It’s also full of mindful techniques that you could use as a family.

‘My hero is you’- This is a beautifully illustrated book that is written for children around the world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “My Hero is You” should be read by a parent, caregiver or teacher alongside a child or a small group of children. It is not encouraged for children to read this book independently without the support of a parent, caregiver or teacher.

File icon: pdf Resource pack for parents [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19 [pdf 3MB] Click to download