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Information for childminders and adults working in a nursery, preschool, playgroup, day-care, childcare, kindergarten, foundation stage or a school reception class
Under 5s can, and often do, react strongly to their own grief, but also to the grief of significant adults involved in their day-to-day care. Whatever the circumstances, babies, and children under five years of age need to have their grief acknowledged and their distress comforted.
People are often at a loss as to know what to say or do to help a child who has been bereaved by the death of someone important to them. Every situation is different, and children will be affected to a greater or lesser degree, dependent on the circumstances of the death and the nature of the relationship they had with the person who has died.
Most grieving children do not need a ‘bereavement expert’ they need people who care. Early years settings, just by carrying on with their usual day-to-day activities while being aware of the bereavement, can do a huge amount to support a grieving child.
Bereaved young children need the stability of a familiar routine with caring adults.
Information to help members of staff supporting a bereaved family.
The need for support yourself is not a sign of an inability to cope or of professional incompetence, but a recognition that everyone needs help to carry out this demanding role.
A school with a bereavement policy is prepared and has plans in place to deal with death, grief and bereavement.
This guide offers support and information when a death occurs in the school community or when a school is facing an expected death.
Books and resources suitable for Early Years settings.