The last year has placed unprecedented pressure on children’s education, as they’ve faced uncertainty and time away from the classroom.

Understandably this has impacted their ability to learn and it’s also had a knock-on effect on their mental health.

Trying to cram in additional learning before the end of term has only added to these pressures, which is why your child should look to have a carefree summer if possible.

What impact has the pandemic had on your child’s mental health?

The charity Young Minds carried out four surveys into children’s mental health throughout the pandemic, with the latest taking place in early 2021.

They found that two-thirds of children believe that the pandemic will have a long-term negative impact on their mental health.

It also led the charity to call for wellbeing to be a priority in any school summer catch-up sessions and for institutions to ensure that they don’t place additional pressures on children.

The NSPCC has also recognised that the pandemic has driven a rise in depression and anxiety among young people, and has launched a range of resources to support parents and children as a result.

What can you do to support your child?

Various research has shown that regular activity and maintaining good physical health, while also having time to play, are key to supporting a child’s wellbeing.

In order to help your child ahead of the new academic year, it’s important that they have some time to relax and have fun once the school year is over.

This may mean simply allowing them time to play and enjoy the holidays, or giving them a chance to try out new hobbies and activities.

Of course, if they would like to spend more time learning or feel that there are gaps in their education – especially if they’re preparing for GCSEs or A-levels – then your child should also be made aware of their options.

A tutor could provide support if required, which has the added benefit of enabling your young ones to learn in their own time and at their own pace.

This was they can learn in a relaxed environment, which should also be supportive of their mental health and wellbeing.