Covid Update: Year 3 and Up Mask Wearing

Hi Everyone,
Here is the latest Covid Update with Mandatory Mask Wearing for Students in Year 3 and Up as of Thursday 3 March. Plus read further down for some useful resources for you and your child sent to us by WACHS-SW Naturaliste Primary School Nurses.

Other useful links include WA Health or call COVID-19 information helpline on 13 26 843.

WACHS-SW Naturaliste Primary School Nurses

Here are some resources that might be helpful for families. Click to Download or View.

  1. Masks for Kids fact Sheet (Source: Telethon Kids Institute)

  2. Covid and Kids fact Sheet (Source: Telethon Kids Institute)

  3. This YouTube clip is of a Perth Children’s Hospital Doctor, who covers how to care for a child with the virus. 

Anxiety – how to help your child

At a time when Covid-19 is consuming our thoughts, and changing frequently, anxiety in children can be a concern. 

All children experience anxious feelings as part of their normal childhood development. Some anxious feelings include fear, agitation, nervousness, worry and apprehension. Some children find it harder to get these feelings under control and may experience anxiety more intensely and more often than others.

Anxiety is when the level of fear or worry about something is out of proportion to the level of risk or danger. Thinking about the situation makes them more worried and tense.

If your child is experiencing anxiety try to:

  • Acknowledge your child’s fear – don’t dismiss or ignore it.
  • Gently encourage them to do things they’re anxious about, but don’t push them to face situations they’re not yet ready to face.
  • Wait until they actually get anxious before you step in to help
  • Praise him for doing something they’re anxious about, rather than criticising them for being afraid.
  • Avoid labelling your child as ‘shy’ or ‘anxious’.

Your child might need some extra support if their anxiety stops them from doing the things they want to do or interferes with their friendships, school work or family life.

If you are worried about your child, contact your School Health Nurse (9753 6475), GP or School. 

For more information about anxiety in children go to www.raisingchildren.net.au or www.healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org.au