Welcome one and all to our parent page. Here, we will plan to post some links to some online resources and some useful reading to continue to support you during this unpredictable time. Feel free to let me know how you get on with these or to suggest something that other families may benefit from via the school email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Warmest welcome back to a new academic year! It is so lovely to see you all coming through the gates again and we are excited to meet all of the new families joining us this year. After some well received feedback, we are going to aim to keep Parent's Corner up and running and will do our best to update it at least every fortnight with reading materials, hints and tips to support our learning community.
Across the school we have many children and adults with man y different allergies so this week we are giving more thought into allergy awareness. It is impossible for any school to completely guarantee that they are totally allergen free as there can be many food/ drink ingredients hidden within other products. With this in mind, at Bourne we will be following the advice provided by Allergy UK. Their website has many interesting facts about various different allergies and as a school we are embarking on the journey of becoming more allergy aware. Why don't you join us and have a read by clicking on the icon below.
There are lots of things we can try to take care of our wellbeing. But it's not always easy to start. You might find it helpful to:
only try what feels comfortable
give yourself time to figure out what works for you, going at your own pace
take small steps. Pick one or two things that feel achievable at first, before moving on to try other ideas.
Relax and Reduce Stress
Find ways to relax
If there's something that helps you relax, try to find time to fit it into your day. For example, this could be having a bath or going for a walk. If you find it difficult to switch off, you could try some of the tips and exercises in these relaxation pages.
Take a break if you need to
If you're feeling overwhelmed by a stressful situation, try to take a break. A change of scene can help you to relax and relieve feelings of anxiety, even just for a few minutes. "For me, whenever I feel overwhelmed or like I’m being mentally negative, I put my headphones on and go for a walk. This helps me zone out and ensures I don’t do anything I will later regret."
Do something you enjoy
Try to make time to do an activity you like on a regular basis. This could be something small, like cooking a meal, ringing a friend or listening to music. "I find listening to the radio, podcasts or audiobooks very helpful to distract from low moods or sadness."
Try to manage stress
If you're under a lot of pressure, you may start to feel overwhelmed or out of control. Stress can also cause physical side effects. See these pages on stress for tips on dealing with pressure and coping with stressful events.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing exercises and yoga. It's been shown to help people become more aware of their thoughts and feelings. This means that instead of being overwhelmed by your feelings, it becomes easier to manage them. See these pages on mindfulness for more information, including some exercises you could try. "I had to make room to be well. Sounds daft but give yourself some space – in my case I used mindfulness to help me gain control."
Give yourself some tech-free time
If you find that being on your phone or computer a lot is making you feel more busy and stressed, try to take a break. This could be for just an hour or two. If you find this difficult, try putting your phone in another room or setting an alarm to time yourself.
Any courses recommended to you are free and will require you to sign up with a valid email address.
The Mainstream Schools Speech and Language Therapy Team is offering online workshops for parents in July and August 2020 on the following topics (click on each for more information):
The online sessions are being offered for parents to understand and support the speech, language and communication development of their children and will provide practical advice and strategies for parents to implement.
I've come across this course on Psychological First Aid following Covid-19. It mentions learning how to give practical and emotional support to others so I'm in. I hope you enjoy it. It is recommended that you commit an hour to this per week for 3 weeks. I am working my way through it and am finding the minefield of emotional stress particularly interesting to delve into.
This will give you an insight into how adults can use different methods of teaching to encourage a small child to expand their boundaries and develop new ways of thinking. The Open University recommend allowing 20 hours to complete this.
How does a child's mind and behaviour change as they develop over time? In this free course, four theories of child development are explored. Each theory views child development from a different perspective and all have underpinned psychological research for many years, and continue to do so today. By the end of this course you will have a good understanding of each of the theories and will probably have begun to challenge your own assumptions about how your own children, or children you know, have developed over time. The Open University recommend allowing 20 hours to complete this.
Have a great day!