20 April 2022

The New Bebbo App

This tool will help parents take care of their children's development and health even during the war.  It will support and guide parents through their child's development from 0 to 6 years.  , Download FREE app now!, Google play Appstore, All parents need support, Every child needs nurturing, nutrition, loving care, good health, and a stimulating & safe environment that offers plenty of support for early learning. Parents also need support and have millions of questions on how to support their children to grow healthy and smart and give them all needed when the possibilities during the war are limited…, So how does it work?, The Bebbo App has a huge range of helpful features empowering parents to make the right decisions when it comes to the care and development of their child. Encouraging parents to engage daily with suggested articles and games that will help their little ones reach those key development milestones while growing healthy and happy.  , Features include:  , Bebbo Illustration - Reading Suggested Daily Reads Every day the app will suggest a daily game and an article from a rich library of advice written by experts, covering a range of topics - from colic in babies to protecting children from the explosive remnants of war. The important advice can be quickly saved as favorites and shared with other…, Give your little one ‘A Good Start, For A Lifetime’ with the perfect pocket partner in parenthood., Download FREE App now!, Google play Appstore
06 October 2021

How teachers can support and talk to students as they return to school?

Children like routine – wake up, have breakfast, attend school and play with their friends. But the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted this, and school closures affected them the most. The return to school is important because going to school and attending in-person helps children learn the best and improve their physical and nutritional health and…, Be a good listener, Create an open and encouraging environment where students can ask questions. Pay attention and be a good listener when they ask questions. Answer their questions honestly. If you do not know the answer, it is fine to tell them you do not know. You can invite young students at preschools and primary schools to express their emotions in familiar…, Use age-appropriate language to help them understand the information, You know your students best and know how to talk to them. Talking or teaching a 6-year-old is different from a 16-year-old. When sharing information, it is important to make sure to adapt the language and explanation according to their age, developmental level, understanding of the topic and communication needs. Reassuringly provide facts and…, Engage in dialogue with parents/caregivers, Parents and caregivers are a crucial link between children and schools. They have played an active role in ensuring the continuity of children’s learning during the school closures and they can provide valuable insights from their own and children’s perspectives. A continuous dialogue with parents can help you understand students’ learning needs…, Share science-based facts from reputable sources, Sharing accurate information and science-based facts about COVID-19 will help diminish students’ fears and anxieties around the disease and support their ability to cope with any secondary impacts in their lives. Provide a clear and sensitive explanation about what’s happening, especially when the student is not well-aware of the pandemic. Any…
23 September 2021

Ten mental health and well-being tips for teachers

As schools reopen, it is important to prioritise and commit to taking care of your mental health and well-being – this helps you to have more positive energy for yourself, your students and their families. Here are 10 tips on how you can do it!  , Set aside time to unwind, Think about what helps lift your mood and gets you through stress – whether it is playing with your children, going for a walk, talking to your friends, taking care of your plants,  reading a book or cooking a new recipe. Keep some space to relax. These activities are as important as your working hours. It’s about allowing yourself to feel…, Plan ahead, As schools reopen, there could be a million things on your mind on how to engage with students and help them with the transition. Make a list of all your tasks and activities for the day or week early on. Use a day planner or notebook to plan your week. Set small goals and take appropriate breaks. It will help you plan your time better and…, Set boundaries, The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in increased stress levels in the lives of many teachers with a new way of teaching, personal health and family issues. Whether you are teaching online or in the classroom, you are continually taking care of students’ needs throughout the day. Make sure to set boundaries to have ‘me’ time, be with family, or…, Get vaccinated, Get vaccinated when it’s your turn. Getting vaccinated will protect you from severe COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and death and can alleviate the safety concerns of being back in schools. It will also protect your family, your students and their families. You will be required to keep taking precautions after vaccination, but feeling safer…, Adjust your expectations, This is a period of adjustment for everyone and keep things in perspective. You can only control certain things and circumstances during the transition period in your classroom. Don’t pressurise yourself to provide the same learning experiences as the pre-lockdown period. You are one single professional and doing your best to adapt to change. As…, Acquire new skills and appreciate the ones you already have, Teachers, across the globe, were largely unprepared to support the continuity of learning mostly because of limited digital skills. Acquiring and mastering new skills will help you in the professional journey and will provide greater confidence and comfort in work. You can sign up for online courses, virtual workshops, webinars, or watch videos to…, Be kind to yourself, If you are feeling overwhelmed, share your feelings with another teacher, friend or family member. Having a conversation with your supervisor or senior school leader will help them understand you and offer support. Remember, a healthy relationship will have a positive influence on the children you are teaching.  , Stay socially connected, You can keep yourself physically apart to limit the spread of the virus, but it is important that you stay emotionally and socially connected with your friends, family and colleagues. Celebrate happy occasions over video calls, engage in virtual working groups or join online book clubs. When seeing others, prefer outdoor activities, and use masks…, Get your body moving, Physical activity is proven to be a powerful fighter to navigate stress and anxiety. With regular exercise, you can feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories and feel more relaxed and positive about yourself. Even a short 10 minutes brisk walking boosts our mood and can give an enormous sense of well-…, Seek mental health support if needed, Take care of your mental health and well-being and seek mental health support if you have signs of depression, anxiety, and burnout. Feeling tired and unhappy is not the same as being depressed. The major signs of depression, anxiety, burnout, and other mental health problems that need specialised mental health attention include fatigue and sleep…
06 September 2021

Back to school

As we prepare to send our children back to school, we all have questions about how best to protect them from COVID-19. The impact of school closures on a child’s wellbeing is significant. Where possible, it’s important that children have an opportunity to socialize with their peers, to learn and to develop emotionally. Research to-date shows that…, 1. Should I send my child to school this year?, The short answer is, whenever open, yes. School closures have been shown to negatively impact child health and wellbeing, as well as their learning. The risk to children when returning to in-person school – even with new variants – is low when the school, staff and teachers follow COVID-19 recommended precautions and where safety protocols around…, 2. How do I prepare my child for school?, Remind your child about all the fun and exciting things the back-to-school will bring, such as the time with their friends and their teachers, their routine and activities. Talk about the best ways to stay safe against COVID-19, including by keeping their hands clean, practicing physical distancing and covering their mouths and noses if they cough…, 3. What if my child is nervous to go back to school?, Children may be experiencing anxiety with the prospect of returning to school. Keep an eye out for signs of stress and encourage your child to talk openly about their concerns. Reassure them that the school is doing their best to protect everyone from COVID-19 and we all can do our part. Remember to be honest and understanding about their feelings…, 4. What if my child is sick?, If your child is showing any signs of illness, such as a fever, stuffy nose, sore throat, or a cough, it is best not to send them to school. Follow your school policy and seek medical advice if necessary. On the other hand, if your child has had contact with a person infected with COVID-19, make sure to keep him/her at home following local public…, 5. Should I be taking any extra precaution, including when my child is back home from the school?, Schools should be prepared to be a safe place for children and their families. Ask your child or the teacher to keep you informed about activities that may put them in close contact with others. In general, if schools are implementing the recommended safety measures, you should not be concerned about their return to home. However, if you or anyone…, 6. What if my child becomes sick at school?, If your child shows COVID-19 symptoms at school, the teacher or school staff must act quickly. Parents should be contacted immediately to evaluate the actions to be taken according to the guidelines of the local health authorities. Get in contact with your child’s doctor to evaluate the need to perform a COVID-19 test and keep the school informed…, 7. What if my child’s classmate or teacher gets sick at school?, If the school informs you that your child’s classmate or teacher tested positive for COVID-19, monitor your child’s symptoms and follow the self-isolation recommendations from your local health authorities. Seek medical care if your child shows COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, or tiredness. Keep in touch with the school to receive…, 8. Can children with asthma, obesity, diabetes and other health conditions go back to school?, The answer depends on the current condition of the child, the situation of COVID-19 in their community and the safety measures implemented by the school. Make sure the school is implementing safety protocols that include handwashing, distancing and ventilation. Although, in most cases, children are asymptomatic or develop mild symptoms when they…