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2018
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Seven News: Kids Helpline and Bupa helping students beat the 'back to school' blues

As children head back to school around the country, Bupa and Kids Helpline have teamed up to deliver the Kids Helpline @ School Wellbeing program. 

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Back-to-school tips for parents and carers from Kids Helpline

  1. Be excited about the new change. If you are enthusiastic and confident, your children will be too.
  2. Plan clothes and lunches the night before to avoid the early morning rush and any unnecessary stress.
  3. Start and maintain daily routine that will add structure and make your child more at ease, like dripping your child off at school at the same time each morning.
  4. For children catching public transport, do some practice runs so they are confident about what train or bus they need to catch. Develop and Plan B (and C) on what to do if they miss a bus or train.
  5. Don’t forget a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Students are more alert and perform better at school if they eat a good breakfast.
  6. Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep each night during the school week.
  7. Take 15 minutes out at the end of the day to listen to your child’s stories.
  8. Take time out for yourself. It can also be an emotional time for parents, particularly when the little ones are going to school for the first time. That first drop off can be a tearing one – and not necessarily for the kids! It always helps to talk with someone about how you’re feeling. Reach out to another parent for a cup of coffee and a chat.

Kids Helpline @ School

The Kids Helpline @ School Wellbeing program, which is a free in school program run by Kids Helpline counsellors and funded by Bupa, covers the following topics:

  • Bullying – helping students identify, manage and prevent bullying
  • Developing resilience – helping students learn to bounce back and deal with challenges and changes
  • Friendships – developing healthy friendships and conflict resolution skills
  • Managing emotions – mental health literacy and emotional self-regulation
  • Transition to High School – coping with change and strengthening essential skills.

You’ll find more tips for parents and carers about ways to support their children here. Or, find out how to sign your primary school up for the free Kids Helpline @ School Wellbeing program here.

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25 – call 1800 55 1800 or visit kidshelpline.com.au