Talking to your child about Covid

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing and Acting Minister for Education

We know that to achieve the best possible education and health and wellbeing outcomes, every day that students are at school learning with their friends and teachers, counts.

Our Return to Schools Plan will ensure our schools are prepared and safe ahead of the return to school on 9 February.

Understandably, we do know that there is a level of anxiety in the community about the return to school.

Our number one priority will always be the safety and wellbeing of children in our schools.

Sometimes it can be difficult to talk to your child about things that may be concerning to them, knowing how to approach these conversations and knowing what to say isn’t always easy.

To help parents talk to their child about COVID-19 and the return to school, an Information Sheet has been developed by the Department of Education that provides handy tips for parents to talk to their Child about COVID-19.

Talking to kids about COVID:

  • Open the discussion
  • Answer questions simply and truthfully.
  • Take your cues from your child by encouraging questions.
  • Stay calm and answer your child’s questions
  • Be reassuring.
  • Focus on what you’re doing to stay safe.
  • Stick to routines as a way to stay grounded.
  • Keep talking to your children especially as things change.

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