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With schools closed and ex­ams can­celled, there are many ways you can help chil­dren to con­tinue learn­ing

as a rich source of in­for­ma­tion. If at­ten­tion in your home class­room be­gins to flag, the or­gan­i­sa­tion sug­gests try­ing a dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­ity to en­gage chil­dren, such as colour­ing books, puz­zles or board games. (The Bri­tish Psy­cho­log­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Di­vi­sion of Ed­u­ca­tional and Child Psy­chol­ogy (DECP) notes that play is fun­da­men­tal to the de­vel­op­ment and well­be­ing of chil­dren of all ages.) Ni­cola adds that an on­line tu­tor can keep stu­dents on track with syl­labuses and help fill in knowl­edge gaps.

The DECP ad­vises that stress and anx­i­ety in such a strange and un­pre­dictable sit­u­a­tion is nor­mal, but that rou­tine and struc­ture help chil­dren feel se­cure in uncer­tain times.

Rolling news cov­er­age ac­cess should be re­stricted, and your child should be re­as­sured that it is the adults’ job to keep them safe. You should also help them main­tain friend­ships through phone calls, on­line com­mu­ni­ca­tion and let­ters (although Ni­cola warns that when so­cial me­dia fu­els feel­ings of iso­la­tion and anx­i­ety, it is neg­a­tive for your child’s men­tal health).

As for young peo­ple with can­celled ex­ams, DECP mem­bers ad­vised par­ents and car­ers in March to tell them the Prime Min­is­ter has said they will get the qual­i­fi­ca­tions they have worked for.

Above all, as­sure your child ev­ery­thing will work out in the end. Grades might be uncer­tain, but it’s health and hap­pi­ness that are the most im­por­tant things.

ABOVE: Set up an area where your child can work

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