Maintaining Wellbeing in Isolation

This page is for supporting the wellbeing of children and families/whānau during school closures. Information on this page all comes from Ministry of Health approved sources.

We know that normal routines support a sense of calm. We encourage you to try to maintain routines for bedtimes and mealtimes, and create new ones for home learning.

Home learning is new for many in our community and it’s not uncommon to feel out of your depth.

Some helpful tips to remember when supporting your children during isolation:
  • The parent’s/caregiver’s most important job is first and foremost supporting family/whānau wellbeing
  • Remember that playing with siblings, helping with jobs around the home, and having regular online contact with peers count as home learning
  • Create times during the day for home learning when children have:
- uninterrupted access to a device or learning activities provided by the school
- a quiet place to learn
- support from an adult
  • Focus on the learning goal, not the task
  • Be flexible and manage home learning time according to your individual situation and your children's willingness to engage
  • Connect with your children and spend time together - check out this help sheet of ideas: Connect and Upskill your Tamariki

Guidance and Advice

Parents, caregivers and whānau who would like to request guidance or advice during self-isolation can fill in this form and you will be contacted directly by a member of staff who can link you with the support you need.

Alternatively, 1737 is a free, confidential helpline for anyone who is feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or would just like to talk to someone. Trained counsellors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phone or text 1737.