Back to school made easier with Muddy Feet

Primary schools in Cherwell have been provided with a bespoke guide, helping children gradually transition back to school after lockdown.  

Cherwell District Council has worked with outdoor learning specialist, Muddy Feet, to produce a resource pack detailing ways parents and teachers can help pupils adjust to the ‘new normal’. The pack includes a range of nature-based activities which can be done in the run up to schools reopening and guidance on how the outdoor environment can be used to manage anxiety and enhance mental wellbeing, creating a safe and fun environment for youngsters to learn.

Cllr Andrew McHugh, Cherwell’s lead member for health and wellbeing said: “Lockdown has been difficult for everyone. These last few weeks have been very confusing for youngsters and a return to school may feel quite daunting. This guide, produced by Cherwell in partnership with Muddy Feet, will give parents and teachers some fun practical tips on preparing youngsters for going back to a new school environment. The ideas focus on promoting wellbeing, helping little ones get back into their stride.”

Margaret Kunzer, Head Teacher of St Edburg’s CE Primary School in Bicester said: “School will look a lot different after lockdown, which may be challenging for children and teachers alike. This pack gives some great advice on wellbeing activities, all of which can be done as part of learning outside.”

The resource pack is one of a number of community nature conservation opportunities and projects supported by Cherwell District Council’s wellbeing team. Copies are available directly from Muddy Feet.

Muddy Feet can be contacted directly on 07432 611008 or emailed at muddyfeettraining@gmail.com