With all the changes caused by the pandemic, it’s completely normal for your child’s feelings about school to have changed too. Some children may have struggled in school before the pandemic and enjoy being at home and attending school “virtually”, which has made it an even more difficult task to get back into school. After so long off school, the idea of returning may feel overwhelming and they may be finding it difficult to cope with all the changes in their school. Being restricted in how they interact with their friends and peers may be making school a less enjoyable experience for them as well. Your child may even be refusing to go to school altogether.
This can be really hard to know how to deal with, but there are things you can do. The important thing is to recognise that there’s a problem to be solved, and to work with your child and the school to find the right support as soon as you can. Below are some tips to help you support your child through this.