1. Returning to nursery
  2. Transitioning to nursery or reception after lockdown
  3. Helping under 5s through the coronavirus crisis
  4. Top tips for parents and carers
  5. Coronavirus: From the perspective of a baby or young child
  6. Advice for professionals working with young children
  7. Child in Mind podcast
  8. Coronavirus: Keeping in mind the children of high conflict separated parents
  9. Additional support

Returning to nursery

Are you feeling worried about how the children in your setting will cope with the return back to nursery?

As we move closer to babies and young children returning to nursery, we need to consider how their experiences over the past months will have affected them, and what impact this may have on their transition back into childcare.

Our Early Years in Mind team have put together these resources to help early years workers to start planning now for how they may be able to help oil the wheels of this important transition, and make it as stress free for young children as possible.

How can early years workers help manage the transition back to nursery?

8 ways parents and carers can help manage the transition back to nursery

Join Early Years in Mind

The Early Years in Mind learning network is a free network for early years staff and practitioners. By joining the network you will have access to termly newsletters and events, updates on current research, thinking and training, in regards to the mental health and wellbeing of babies, infants and their families.

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Register to join Early Years in Mind.

Transitioning to nursery or reception after lockdown

Lockdown has led to many children under 5 being unable to access nursery, reception or other early years settings.  In this episode we explore the impact of changing routines on under 5’s and how we can best support children to transition (back) to nursery or reception. Skye Blyth-Whitelock discusses children’s experiences with an Early Years Locality Leader and a nanny, working with young children.

Helping under 5s through the coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus crisis affects everyone, including babies and young children. They might be affected by the anxiety of their parents, huge changes to their routine, or by a variety of losses, like not being able to see family members or no longer having contact with playmates. If you are an early years worker, a parent, or a carer, there may be ways you can help!

Helping babies and young children under 5 through the coronavirus crisis

Top tips for parents and carers

Families play a hugely important part in supporting each other at times of uncertainty or concern especially as you will probably be spending more time together because of home working, school closures, and other public health measures.  

This pdf provides some simple advice and guidance to parents and carers to help families work together and support one another during the coronavirus outbreak.

Download our tops tips pdf

Coronavirus: From the perspective of a baby or young child

Dr Camilla Rosan of the Anna Freud Centre explores the potential impact of the current situation on the youngest members of our society. She urges early years professionals to reach out to parents and carers with tangible offers of support for the weeks ahead.

Read the blog here.

Advice for professionals working with young children

Services working with children and young people are well aware of the uncertainty which communities are facing, and the impact this could have on mental health. There are ways in which you can provide key support in your own setting in the midst of changing times.

Download advice for professionals working with children

Child in Mind podcast

Our Child in Mind 'Bonding with your baby' podcast explores what it means to securely bond with your baby, how this bonding can affect your child's development as well as useful advice for parents to support this bond.

Presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by Dr Linda Mayes, the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center and expectant mum, Rhian Filbey.

Listen to Bonding with your baby

Coronavirus: Keeping in mind the children of high conflict separated parents

Dr Emma Morris of the Anna Freud Centre urges professionals to keep in mind the children of separated parents during the coronavirus lockdown. While the challenges are many, this should not lead to a loss of support. We can play a huge part in helping parents mediate, mobilising networks and checking in with the child.

Read the blog here.

Additional support

Discover more about the advice and support we're providing to young people, parents and carers, schools and colleges, mental health professionals and researchers.

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