How to: help children to adjust post-lockdown. 3: Talk about worries and health.

One of my first posts focused on talking about feelings with young children. All those principles apply here and for children who may be returning to school or early years settings there are likely to be a lot of questions and new feelings. Here are some thoughts on the usual process I would apply to … Continue reading How to: help children to adjust post-lockdown. 3: Talk about worries and health.

How to: help children adjust post-lockdown. 2: Practical, playful preparation.

When children move from one big chunk of life to another, we call it a transition. Transitions are hard, for children and adults, because things change and some things can be unknown. This transition features new routines and expectations that neither parents nor children are familiar with. I will write more in my next post … Continue reading How to: help children adjust post-lockdown. 2: Practical, playful preparation.

How to: help children adjust post-lockdown. 1: Prioritise play.

I recently worked with global colleagues on an article advocating for play at the heart of our recovery from the pandemic. Parents have a huge role to play in ensuring schools have the authority to lead with wellbeing and play at the heart as we transition children back into school life. We have some difficult … Continue reading How to: help children adjust post-lockdown. 1: Prioritise play.

How to: learn with pretend play

Plenty of research shows that pretend play is a great way for children to develop reasoning, social and 'learning to learn' skills. Children get deeply involved in pretend play and it is especially helpful for them in processing and expressing feelings about real situations in a safe, pretend environment. What is pretend play? Simply, it … Continue reading How to: learn with pretend play