Christmas is often depicted as a time of happiness, joy, togetherness and celebration. But for some children and young people, the festive period can be particularly tough.
From the cost-of-living crisis, to difficult family relationships and the pressures of social media, there are many reasons why the holidays could be a daunting prospect for some young people.
Support your pupils over the holidays
School can be a safe and stable environment for many pupils. They have a routine, the comfort of predictability and relationships with adults they trust.
For pupils who struggle with being away from school during the holidays, an object that reminds them of you or an adult they trust could help them when things get too much. This transitional object could be something you've made together, like a bracelet or keyring, or a thoughtful message on a postcard letting them know you'll be holding them in mind over the break.
Free download – get your Thrive Christmas postcards
Whether used as a transitional object or simply to show your appreciation to pupils and colleagues, Thrive’s Christmas postcards are a great way to make someone feel special.
Click below to download and print yours!
Create a sense of belonging
For more free resources to support you to create a sense of belonging in your setting, click here. You’ll discover an on-demand webinar recording exploring how to quickly create a sense of belonging, an in-depth guide on tackling low attendance, and a variety of useful podcasts and blogs full of actionable tips and advice.
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