17th April 2020

Dear parents and carers,

During this difficult time and at what would be the start of the summer term from Monday, I wanted to reach out to let you know that, even though our school is currently closed to all but a few children, we’re still here to support your child and your family in whatever way we can.

One of my main worries during this time is the well-being for all of our families.

You might be noticing signs of increasing anxiety in your child as they’re spending more time indoors and outside of their normal routines. These might include:

Pupils aged 3-6 years:

  • Regressing to behaviour they’ve outgrown, such as thumb-sucking or bed-wetting
  • Showing greater fear at being separated from you
  • Tantrums
  • Trouble sleeping

Pupils ages 7-10 years (and older):

  • Expressing sadness, anger or fear
  • Sharing false information that they’re hearing from their peers or seeing online
  • Wanting to talk about coronavirus all the time
  • Not wanting to talk about the current situation at all
  • Having trouble concentrating
  • Becoming afraid to leave the house
  • Distancing themselves from their friends and family
  • Exhibiting intense emotions but being unable to talk about what they’re feeling

The following information gathers together some resources to help you support your child/ren. I hope you find this information helpful.  There is probably information that you already know here, and maybe some reminders.  The purpose is not to preach but to provide an avenue of support while we are closed.  You can choose to dip in and out as you feel you need to.

If you have any concerns about how your child is coping or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by contacting either your child’s class teacher (email addresses on our school website), or me directly at head@henhamugley.essex.sch.uk

We’re extremely grateful for all the support you’ve shown us as we’ve adapted to these new circumstances, and I want to reassure you that we are still here to support you too.

With my continued best wishes,

Kim

Kim Hall

Headteacher

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