Reassure your child

Your child might feel guilty for how they feel, and worried that their feelings will make you angry. Reassure them that their feelings are valid and that it is normal to feel anxiety about the unknown.

Share your own experiences of a time when you felt anxious and explain how you dealt with that situation.

Highlighting the advantages of returning to school can help your child to see the positives. Ask them what they’re excited about when they go back to school.

The benefits of going to school are tenfold. In addition to the long-term benefits of academic success, school also helps children with:

  • friendships and social skills
  • mental and physical health
  • developing other talents and hobbies