Girl studying alone on kitchen table

My son has to spend 14 days in isolation.  Thankfully, there is no sign of him having Covid or even direct contact to it, but has been sent home from school for 14 days. That’s 10 days of live lessons and 4 days of the weekend. It is a strange situation to be in and I know I am not the only one who currently has a child at home in isolation.

There will be an annoyance at not being at school, the frustration that they cannot see their friends and there may be trying times getting online to join in the lessons. So, how can parents and guardians make sure their children feel supported, keep things calm at home and make the experience better for them?


Make sure they are organised the night before: get their books to hand and put them into the order of the online lessons. Place them on the floor or desk so they’re easy to find and ready to go!

Discuss a ‘wake me uptime’:  Since they don’t have to travel to school they could get some extra sleep. This will put them in a better mood for the day (it will feel like a treat) and will hand over the power to them to decide how long it will take them to get ready to be at their desk.

Help them set up the tech: check together that their online learning platform and camera work (if they need one), before we head off to work and get on with our day. We also need to make sure the room they are working in has water to drink, a snack or two to hand (if you have peckish children).

Make lunch and eat it together: If you’re at home take some time out to eat well and take a proper break.

Encourage children to speak to friends every day – they can chat during ‘lunchtime’, during break times or while taking a walk in the garden.

Take a break! Everyone needs a break so get kids to do something that they enjoy in the house or take a change of scenery in the garden.

Give them privacy to focus on their lessons. If possible, try to be around to help if there is a problem.

There may be a few meltdowns over the course of the isolation period, but remember to pick your battles! It’s a stressful time for the family so try to keep things as steady as possible.

What else would you add to the isolation survival list?

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