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Video to help children and parents returning to school

29 May 2020

A fantastic new video will reassure young children in Thurrock as many of them prepare to return to school from next week.

The fun and helpful cartoon video is suitable for primary school aged children, it is a colourful and entertaining way to reassure little ones before they go back to school and give them an understanding of what to expect. The video is available online at thurrock.gov.uk/reopening-schools

Thurrock Council has been working with all schools and nurseries as the majority of them have been busy preparing to safely welcome back nursery, reception, year one and year six children from Monday 1 June.

Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet Member for Education, said: "I highly recommend parents watch this superb cartoon with their children. It’s bright, fun and easy to watch while being very informative and reassuring. It will certainly help parents explain what is happening and give children a confidence boost and all the useful information they need to safely return to school and see their friends again.

"Teachers have been working incredibly hard to make sure that schools can re-open safely. I have met with a number of them and been tremendously impressed with the care, dedication and hard work they have all put in to making sure the majority of young pupils can return to school from next week. They have truly put the safety, well-being and education of young children first.

"It is impossible to overestimate how hard teachers and school staff have been working throughout this situation, especially over the last few weeks as they prepared to re-open. I would just like to thank them all and pay tribute to everything they have done.

"This is an important milestone on the path back to normality and it’s important for our children’s development that we support children and young people in the borough to return to their educational settings."