Horniman Primary School

  • Horniman Drive
  • Forest Hill
  • London
  • SE23 3BP
  • Tel: 020 8699 3190
  • After School Club: 020 8699 8378
  • Email:
  • Headteacher: Mr Andrew Pickering
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COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing

This page has been created to share helpful information and links to sites.  

Supporting a child returning to school after lockdown

Although, many children will be feeling excitement about the prospect of returning to school and being with their friends again, some may be feeling anxious or uncertain. Below are some ideas to help prepare your child for their return to school.


1. Talk to your child about how they are feeling

  • What are they looking forward to?
  • What are they not looking forward to?


2. Share information with your child about what the school day and routines will be like

    (The structure will be very similar to our return in September 2020)

  • What will be the same?
  • What will be different?


  • Resources:

FAQs for parents

FAQs for children

School safety plan


3. Re-establish a routine to help ease back into school life

  • Gradual transition
  • Readjust bed times
  • Get into a healthy routine


4. Seek support if you need it

  • Talk to school if your child is struggling with:

Going back to school

Experiencing difficulties whilst at school


5. Limit rolling news and social media as it can cause a lot of anxiety

  • Remind children of the facts
  • Explain what false or sensationalised information is
  • Create opportunities for your child to ask questions about the things they see online


6. Share Childline's Calm Zone 

  • Activities to help children let go of stress and find what works best for them:

breathing exercises, activities, games, videos


Mental Health Support Team (MHST)

MHST are a CAMHS mental health support team based in schools within the borough of Lewisham. They are currently offering online interventions to parents and carers to equip them with the skills needed to manage any worries or anxieties that their children may have about returning to school post-lockdown.  Further information can be found in the leaflet below.

Please have a read of the latest newsletter from the Lewisham Parent and Carer's Forum.

Virtual Coffee Mornings facilitated by the Lewisham School Wellbeing Service

Supporting Children and Young People with Worries about COVID-19

Books to Support Emotional Wellbeing

Support available from Lewisham Educational Psychologists during the pandemic.

A child friendly explanation of coronavirus

Advice for Parents / Carers

Horniman Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.