How to look after our families' wellbeing whilst we're at home
Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day.
- Start each morning with a PE lesson at 9am with Joe Wicks
- If you have a garden, use it regularly. If you don’t, try to get out once a day as permitted by the government (households can be together outdoors but 2 metres apart from others)
- Watch a dance video from Go Noodle to get the heart-rate going
- Get your children to write postcards to their grandparents or to pen pals
- Ask grandparents to listen to your children read on FaceTime (or ask grandparents to read to younger children)
- Share the chores to do so your children feel more responsible about the daily routine at home
- Ask them to help you cook and bake
- Use your senses to take notice e.g.:
- Listen. Can you hear the birds getting louder as the days are getting longer.
- Smell. Appreciate the aroma of freshly baked biscuits.
- Touch. How many different textures can you feel in your living room.
- See. Look out of your window. What can you see.
- Taste. Eat a different types of fruit and take time to notice they taste. Are they sweet or sour?
- Take time out of the day to reflect. Try these meditation and mindfulness links: https://www.smilingmind.com.au/ or https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app
- Accept that the children will probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that's ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limits
- Why don't you take up a new hobby. May be learn how to knit, how to sew, how to draw or how to bake.
Keep to a timetable wherever possible
- Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!
- Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership
- Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible
- If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household
- Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over
- Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day
- Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life
See the class pages and the home learning page for recommendations.
See guidance on supporting your mental health and that of your children:
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing – Mind.org
- Supporting young people’s mental health during this period – Anna Freud Centre