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Children’s Mental Health

“My Voice Matters…” Children go through many stages throughout their childhood. During this time of development, their brains are powerfully adaptable and ready to learn whatever they are being exposed to. It is during childhood that our core beliefs are planted and rooted which can set us up for better or for worse in our adulthood. An incredible amount of research and studies have shown that 80% of mental health issues in adulthood can be traced back to our childhood. This is why, at Sherpa Kids, it is so important to raise awareness, so our children are better equipped to deal with mental health issues in adulthood. The theme of this year’s children’s mental health week is “my voice matters”. Raising awareness on children’s mental health, gives us better opportunities to learn. We become aware of what causes children’s mental health issues and how we deal with them should they arise. We become more aware of signs and symptoms and how to listen and communicate with children, which gives them a better opportunity to become aware of their own thoughts and behaviours. At Sherpa Kids, we have spoken about behaviour, bullying, meltdowns and the importance of play and creativity and we will continue to speak about these topics beyond children’s mental health week. Our programmes foster young minds by encouraging outdoor games, yoga sessions, healthy eating, and activities centered around kindness, ensuring a holistic approach to nurture the well-being of children every day. At Sherpa Kids, children can trust that we believe their voice matters, that they are not alone and that we can help. We are in this together! Read more here>>

Two-thirds of parents have struggled balancing remote working with childcare

Government must make clear distinction between early-years and “school-age” childcare as report finds nearly two-thirds of parents have struggled balancing remote working with childcare. As Covid-19 continues to disrupt work and education in Ireland, a leading childcare organisation has called on the government to follow European Commission recommendations and make clearer policy and funding distinctions between early years (0-3) and after-school or “school-age” childcare (4+). Sherpa Kids Ireland, which provides on-site after-school childcare services to children aged 4-12 in more than 50 primary schools across the country, has today published a new report, “No child left behind: reforming school-age childcare”, which details findings from a survey on Irish parents’ experiences of childcare during lockdown. Read more here>>

Parents feel child’s education affected by Covid

The majority of parents in Ireland feel their children’s education has been impacted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic according to a report from Sherpa Kids Ireland. 67 per cent of parents surveyed said the virus had affected their child’s learning, while 59 per cent said it had taken a toll on their own mental health. Almost two thirds of parents said they struggled to find time to home-school their children during the school closure earlier this year and 60 per cent said their children would have benefited from structured school-age childcare activities during lockdown. Read more here>>

Impact of remote working for parents

A new study has revealed that almost half of parents saw their mental health impacted negatively after trying to balance remote working with childcare during the pandemic. Sherpa Kids - which provides on-site after-school childcare services to children aged between four and 12 in more than 50 primary schools - conducted the research and is now calling for greater recognition and investment in childcare for kids attending school. The 'No child left behind: reforming school-age childcare' report outlines findings from a survey on Irish parents’ experiences of childcare during lockdown. Read more here>>

Health Support Services

Almost half of all parents would avail of mental health support services for their children as they return to school post-lockdown — new survey 82% of parents who are already concerned for their child’s mental health would avail of these supports, according to new Sherpa Kids survey 64% of parents said they have found teaching lessons and home-schooling “very challenging” or “quite challenging” 91% of parents felt they were impacted by Covid-19 with their child’s routine (80%), their child’s education (67%) and personal mental health (59%) affected most. Sherpa Kids MD: “We need to make sure that Covid-19 and the lockdown do not leave a permanent mark on this young generation’s education and career prospects.” A new survey by school-age childcare provider Sherpa Kids has found that as many as 47% of parents would avail of mental health support services for their child as they return to school after the Covid-19 lockdown. The figure rises to as high as 82% among parents who believe that Covid-19 restrictions have already impacted their child’s mental health (54%). Read more here>>

Parents working from home report mental health problems

Survey: 80 per cent of parents say their child’s routine has been disrupted by Covid-19 Working from home while looking after children is having a detrimental effect on the mental health of parents, according to a new survey. A report from national childcare organisation Sherpa Kids Ireland — which provides on-site after-school childcare to children aged 4-12 years — found that almost three-fifth of parents (59%) who were working remotely said their mental health had been affected by the pandemic. Read more here>>