During this difficult time we have set up our on-line version of Millbrook Family Room.
It will be manned Monday to Friday during normal school hours by Mrs Passmore and Miss Harris. They will be posting advice, learning ideas and responding to any queries that you may have.
The link to the page is:
Click on the following link for advice about how to support your child during this difficult time:
Also go to our Children's section of this website for resources to directly support your child:
Try this free online course to help you learn how to support your child during Covid-19:
We want to share this advice from a blog written by Elizabeth Gregory, a consultant clinical psychologist:
“We are used to life staying pretty much the same – doing the same things, going to the same places and seeing the same people. That has changed with Coronavirus; and we are all having to get used to life being very different – a ‘new normal’ for a few weeks at least. It is the same for everyone; and so we are all getting used to it together.
Doing this in a C*A*L*M way will help everyone to get used to it more quickly, and also help everyone to feel less worried generally.
C – Create new routines Routines help us feel safe. Usually we don’t even notice them, and we often take them for granted. But we really miss them when they are gone. Making new routines will be very important over the coming days and weeks as they will help us feel safe.
A – Ask a grown up If you have any questions or worries it helps to share them with a grown-up or older brother or sister. They may not have all the answers but knowing someone cares and is listening is often the most important thing when we have something that is bothering us.
L – Lovely activities The best way to keep worries in their place is to fill your time with things you love! Now is the time to search through your cupboards to find games, books and activities you had forgotten about or didn’t get around to. Old activities you used to do when you were younger can be particularly comforting at a time like this.
M – Making the most of it Everyone is missing out on lots of things because of Coronavirus. Feeling sad, angry, cross, fed up, frightened, and upset and just about every other emotion are all very understandable. Everyone will be feeling like this from time to time. Doing something physical like running, jumping or even punching a pillow can help.
Everybody in the country is in the same situation – and actually all across the world. This is an important time in history – how are you going to remember what you did to get through it so that you can tell people in the future, and maybe even your own children? Perhaps you could keep a special journal or vlog? Already ideas are spreading – like the rainbows in windows and the clap for the NHS. What else can we spread around the world?”
Read the full blog here:
For those with children who may find it hard to explain what is going on, this makes a lovely bedtime story. 💤
The Time We Spring-Cleaned the World 🌱
The world it got so busy,
There were people all around.
They left their germs behind them;
In the air and on the ground.
These germs grew bigger and stronger.
They wanted to come and stay.
They didn’t want to hurt anyone -
They just really wanted to play.
Sometimes they tried to hold your hand,
Or tickled your throat or your nose.
They could make you cough and sneeze
And make your face as red as a rose.
And so these germs took over.
They started to make people ill,
And with every cough we coughed
More and more germs would spill.
All the queens and kings had a meeting.
“It’s time to clean the world up!” they said.
And so they had to close lots of fun stuff,
Just so these germs couldn’t spread.
We couldn’t go to cinemas
Or restaurants for our tea.
There was no football or parties,
The world got as quiet as can be.
The kids stopped going to school,
The mums and dads went to work less.
Then a great, big, giant scrubbing brush
Cleaned the sky and the sea and the mess!
Dads started teaching the sums,
Big brothers played with us more,
Mums were in charge of homework
And we read and played jigsaws galore!
The whole world was washing their hands
And building super toilet roll forts!
Outside was quiet and peaceful,
Now home was the place for all sports.
So we played in the world that was home
And our days filled up with fun and love,
And the germs they grew smaller and smaller
And the sun watched from up above.
Then one morning the sun woke up early,
She smiled and stretched her beams wide.
The world had been fully spring cleaned,
It was time to go back outside!
We opened our doors oh so slowly
And breathed in the clean and fresh air.
We promised thar forever and always
Of this beautiful world we’d take care! 💕
Author ~ Louise Gribbons
Artist ~ Maggie Vandewalle ✨