I hope this reassures you…
For the last week, I
have been wracking my brain about how to answer these questions, as a coach and
support working and someone who does not personally have to deal with these
worries as of yet. I have been researching and asking for opinions from a
variety of people and realised that even though I cannot answer the questions
specifically, I am well equipped to reassure you, as parents that we as a team
are doing as much as we can to reduce stress in this time for both you and your
Whilst it is
understandable that most parents will be concerned about Schools being more
unsafe than usual and whilst I cannot provide a solid piece of advice to
relieve those fears (because those worries will always be present as a parent)
I can do my best to reassure you with the information that I have. At School of
Play, we have everything possible in place to make sure we are creating a safe
and still supportive, creative, and enjoyable environment to ease your children
back into their school lives. Below are some of the questions I have seen;
hopefully this will reassure you slightly.
‘We always knew
School was the safest place to send our children, now it feels like the most
are completely aware that on top of sending your children back to school after
a long time, that the current situation with the Covid-19 Pandemic, is a
further concern for their safety, as we all know how difficult it is to explain
the ways we must do things differently now to young children.
At School of Play and
School of Sport, we are determined to continue creating an environment
alongside the children that is fun, friendly, and supportive, whilst also
following all Government Guidelines to keep your children as safe as possible.
We, like most
organisations, do not know all there is to know about Corona Virus or specific
family situations that could be affected due to it, so this is just the little
bit of COVID reassurance that we can give you.
We are continuing to
take appropriate measures in all of our breakfast, after school, and holiday club
settings, and with all of our staff to make sure this affects your child’s
experience with us as little as possible and we promise to continue updating
our approach to this situation with the evolving guidelines from both Schools
and the Government.
If you would like to
read further guidelines that we are using in our clubs, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/protective-measures-for-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak. Or if you would rather speak to one of our
Team, please email any questions to Ashlea@schoolofsport.org.uk.
‘What if my
child likes their teacher more than me?’
There are so many
reasons why I cannot answer this question specifically, but what I can do is
reassure you that your child’s relationship with their teacher is massively
important to both of them and that means they will spend time working on it,
which is a good thing!
Say, for example, you
don’t let your child have Chocolate Cake in the morning, they might not like
you very much that day, but that does not mean they have stopped loving you or
that their teacher has instantly taken your place.
This is a question
that came up particularly often when I researched this and spoke to parents
about their concerns. This for me is one of the hardest questions to answer
without generalising, as we know that every child, parent, and family is
different and will inevitably deal with this differently.
Whilst we build up a
relationship with your child/children within their school setting, we will
never replace the specific relationship you and your child have, however that
relationship may work for you both.
We want the children
in our care to like us, have fun, and feel supported, it is something we often
have to work at and build up, but the time spent doing that can often be the
difference between a child approaching us with concerns rather than letting it get
on top of them and often this relieves a lot of stress when they return home.
It is also really
important that you, as a parent, feel comfortable talking to your child’s
teacher or care worker about any concerns you may have and collaborate with us
on how we may be able to help, this is beneficial for all parties involved and
often allows us to get to the root of the problem quicker, therefore being able
to assist the child more effectively.
‘What if my child
doesn’t make any friends and the teacher doesn’t notice?’
I can promise you that
we are always actively trying to encourage friendships, and if there is a
problem, we are always trying to act on it before the child feels the need to
approach us with it, to minimize embarrassment and stress, as we know how hard
making new friends is in School! We have all been there!
massively to the last question, kids are way more likely to approach a teacher
with a problem like this after building up a relationship with them.
At School of Play and
School of Sport, we nudge the kids into team games/projects where they are
compelled to find a relationship within that group, this often shows great
results, as kids are building those relationships for themselves and therefore
becoming more confident in approaching new people.
This is also really
beneficial in children when approaching adults, as they feel comfortable and
confident enough to do so, meaning they are more likely to be able to take
their problems to the teacher themselves and gain a sense of independence when
dealing with them.
One of the best things
for us to witness is when a child feels confident and comfortable in dealing
with their problems and only feels they need to come and talk to us after about
what happened, just to let us know, like they would when coming home from
Working at Urmston
Primary School around all the teachers, staff, and support teams that assist in
making that school as fun as possible, is honestly the most exciting feeling
for me. As a child myself, I would have been one of the kids who was excited to
go back to school and couldn’t wait to meet their new teacher, so to enter a
setting where the Teachers are playing music, engaging their entire class and
going above and beyond to attend to the needs of every individual is so
School of Play and
Urmston Primary School are a great team in the way our core values link and
assist the students in becoming their own person, building confidence, and
making new friends.
I am so grateful that
I am receiving and being able to research questions like this. As a young woman
who is excited to start a family myself in the future, I feel privileged that I
am being given the opportunity to answer these questions, and whilst I cannot
promise that I will have all the answers, I can promise to always be honest
with you from a teacher’s perspective.
So please keep the
questions coming and feel free to email me with any opinions or updates on this
topic – firstname.lastname@example.org