Wellbeing

The Department of Education has a strong commitment to child and student wellbeing. Wellbeing means that children and students feel loved and safe, they are healthy, they have access to material basics, they are learning and participating, and they have a positive sense of culture and identity. Children and young people who feel safe, connected and secure are more likely to engage in their learning.

Information for parents

Ensure that your child or young person feels secure, safe and has a clear sense of belonging to their learning community:

  • Keep contact with the school. The school will provide information on how this communication will occur.
  • Keep connected by staying in touch with family members and friends via telephone or email.
  • Staying connected online has never been more important, now that many of us are physically isolated from family members, friends, colleagues and support networks. eSafety (external website) is adding new content every day to help you stay safe online.
  • Exercise regularly to maintain physical and mental wellbeing
  • Establishing daily routines is important. Learning activities provided by the school will help you to maintain a learning routine.
  • Ensure access to healthy meals and snacks and try to maintain a regular bedtime.
  • Seek professional help if needed. It is normal for children and young people to show signs of distress during this period of time. However, behaviour that is extreme or prevents them from performing everyday tasks may be a sign that they need professional help.

To look after your child or young person you also need to look after yourself. If you need help looking after your own wellbeing the following organisations have useful information:

Information for students

It is important that you take time to check in with yourself about how you are feeling. The following information can help you take care of your wellbeing while learning from home:

  • When we are anxious or stressed we can feel scared, angry, confused or sad. If you notice that you are feeling this way there are lots of people who are here to help. You might like to talk to an adult you can trust such as your parents/carer or your school teacher/s.
  • Stay in touch with family members and friends via telephone or email. Remember that it is important to stay safe when you are online. If you are experiencing any form of cyberbullying or feel unsafe online it is important to tell an adult you trust or your teacher/s. You can visit the eSafety Commissioner website or Kids Helpline website for more information.
  • Exercise regularly to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing:
  • Try to establish daily routines.
  • Eat and sleep well. Make sure you are eating healthy meals and snacks and try to maintain a regular bedtime.

Useful links and contacts

Resources and ideas for learning at home

We will add to this information over time to ensure there is a range of options to suit a child’s needs.