Barnardos. (2022). Supporting the Wellbeing of Children from Ukraine: Transitions into School Age Childcare Settings. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/394
Attending school and school age childcare (SAC) is an important symbol of recovery and
resilience for children and parents coming from Ukraine. As SAC
settings in Ireland welcome children and families, it is
important to recognise the key role that supportive
transitions play in children’s wellbeing.
While attendance at school and an SAC
service is a key step towards a return
to normalcy for children and their
families, settling in needs to be
carefully planned. The transition
into a new SAC setting can be
stressful for any child and their
parents, but it may be more
difficult for a child and family
from Ukraine, especially if they
have experienced trauma.
A school age childcare setting
needs to be a place where
children can relax, have fun
and engage in recreation. All
children, and particularly those
dealing with so much change
in their lives, need opportunities
for play and relaxation with other
children. The relationships that
children develop with both the adults
and other children who attend the setting
will be crucial for their successful settling in
and for their wellbeing and development.
It is likely you already have policies and practices
in place in your setting to ensure that children are supported in a
sensitive way to settle in as smoothly as possible and begin to form positive relationships. You
will play a key role in helping children and families to cope with change and to feel welcome and
connected, as well as supporting children who have experienced trauma to feel safe, calm and
This resource highlights some of the key things to consider as you support children and families
coming from Ukraine to settle into your setting.
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