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The following information has been collated by BCHFT CAMHS and aims to help parents and carers talk about COVID-19 with their children. Supporting information and educational resources for parents and carers are also available (for Primary / Secondary school students) further down this page.

We are living in times of uncertainty and massive change with the current health pandemic, so here is some information and some tips which may help during this time.

We hope you stay well and safe, if you have any questions for your clinician regarding any changes to your care please call our single point of access number to discuss these: 01902 444021 (Wolverhampton) or 0121 612 6620 (Sandwell) – Sandwell BEAM can also be contacted via email askbeam@childrenssociety.org.uk a trained worker from Sandwell BEAM will respond to emails from a young person or their family.

Sandwell Beam Phone Support Flyer

A comprehensive list of mental health helplines can be found on the NHS website for adults and children https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

There are many apps available for both IOS and Android platforms to help mental health. CalmHarm – IOS  – Android    Headspace – IOS  – Android

For urgent mental health crisis support, please see the below information for crisis support:

If you or a young person’s a person’s mental or emotional state gets worse quickly, it may become a mental health crisis.  In this situation, it is important to get help quickly.

You can do one of these things:

If you are known to CAMHS, Ring the team on 01902 444021 (Wolverhampton CAMHS) or 0121 6126620 (Sandwell)

If you are known to the Crisis Team, ring the Crisis Mobile to speak to someone (8am-8pm)

Follow any safety plan that has already been discussed and set up with you. Please also see our self-harm info and our suicidal thoughts info.

If you are not known to CAMHS, you can contact your GP for an emergency appointment

If you do not feel safe in yourself, or you don’t feel that you can keep a young person safe, call 999 and/or go to A&E

If someone is at immediate risk of danger

It is important to keep yourself and others safe.

Call 999 and explain the situation, someone trained to help will talk you through this

Are you worried that someone is being hurt?

It is important to let trained people from Children’s Services know about any worries you may have so that they can support you and others involved.  You may wish to have someone help you with this or ring the helplines below.

Wolverhampton – call 01902 555392 or 552999 – or follow this guide

Sandwell – call 0121 5693100 – or follow this guide

Support for families following fatal domestic abuse

The AAFDA (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse) charity is there to help families who have lost a relative through fatal domestic abuse. The charity also supports professionals by raising awareness and offering training. The AAFDA can be contacted via email info@aafda.org.uk for families needing support.

Information for Sandwell School Nursing Service
 
Sandwell School Nurses are available for parents and young people to contact for advice and support. Their contact details are as follows:
 
Telephone:  0121 612 2974
Chat Health: confidential text messaging service for 11-19 young people who want to speak to a School Nurse 07480 635 486
 
Information for SEND (Special Educational Needs)
 
 
 
Support for Bereavement
 
Winstons Wish offer support with bereavement, and have specific information, advice and guidance in relation to COVID-19. Information and resources can be found on their COVID-19 page here: https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus/ 
 
Newbury Baptist Church has an illustrated story for children to help them understand the loss of a loved one. You can access the story here https://www.newburybaptistchurch.org/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=252282
 
Murray Hall Community Trust
Murray Hall Community Trust continues to support people with a variety of needs to make a positive impact on health and wellbeing, and by empowering and advocating. Due to COVID-19, some of their services have been suspended, however they are still offering support for children and families. You can access further information and contact details via their website: https://www.murrayhall.co.uk/

Supporting Children and Young People to understand COVID-19 by World Health Organisation (WHO)

Children and young people are hearing a lot about COVID-19 and normal life will be disrupted over the next few months for all of us. The extensive media coverage provides helpful information, but this can also be overwhelming, and it is natural that children and young people may worry about themselves, family members and friends.

Parents and other family members can be a great help when children and young people become anxious, and there are some reliable resources which can support adults in providing this help.

Good information is key, and avoiding scare stories on social media is really important at this time. 

This disruption to our normal lives also provides children and young people with an opportunity to help other people in their community, which may distract them from worrying about themselves. We can hope that some good will come out of these challenging times.

The following is provided by the World Health organisation:

Help children find positive ways to express disturbing feelings such as fear and sadness. Every child has his/her own way to express emotions. Sometimes engaging in a creative activity, such as playing and drawing can facilitate this process. Children feel relieved if they can express and communicate their disturbing feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

Ensure that during periods of separation, regular contact with parents/ caregivers and friends is maintained, for parents/carers this could include for example twice-daily scheduled phone or video calls or other age-appropriate communication (e.g. social media depending on the age of the child).

Maintain familiar routines in daily life as much as possible, especially if children are confined to home. Provide engaging age appropriate activities for children. As much as possible, encourage children to continue to play and socialize with others, even if only within the family when advised to restrict social contract.

During times of stress and crisis, it is common for children to seek more attachment and be more demanding of parents. Discuss the COVID-19 with your children in an honest and age-appropriate manner, we have included some resources here to help you if you are struggling with how to describe COVID-19 to your children. If your children have concerns, addressing those together may ease their anxiety. Children will observe adults’ behaviours and emotions for cues on how to manage their own emotions during difficult times.

Some things you could look at together with your child

Young Scot COVID-19 Website: A website dedicated to information and support relating to COVID 19. This will be continually updated and links added to information you can trust https: https://young.scot/campaigns/national/coronavirus

This is an age appropriate news source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51204456

This clip is called: “Advice if you’re upset by the news”. It will help children to know that their feelings are a natural response to the unusual situation https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13865002

Other sources of information for children on helping children understand COVID-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPsY-jLqaXM

This short clip gives advice on worries related to COVID-19 https://youtu.be/ME5IZn4-BAk

A short book to help explain COVID-19 and discuss emotions https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

A short book for children to explain COVID-19 Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus – A Nurse Dotty Book

A poem for younger children to help them understand changes relating to COVID-19 https://youtu.be/n0B24RGom-w

RCPch (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) has some information and resources available for parents and children. These can be accessed on their website here https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-resources-parents-carers?utm_source=Royal%20College%20Of%20Paediatrics%20and%20Child%20Health&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11491789_RCPCH%20Engagement%20Collaborative%20April%202020&dm_i=12S1,6UB4D,UDMSY9,RFCVP,1

Some advice to help explain and talk to your child about COVID-19 Talking to your child about COVID-19

https://www.children1st.org.uk/help-for-families/parentline-scotland/guidanceadvice/talking-to-children-about-coronavirus

How to talk to your child about coronavirus (COVID-19) https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronaviruscovid-19

This clip discusses parents and carers looking after their mental health and ideas to reduce worry in children https://youtu.be/ZnANLAcpRZ4

Information about managing children and young people’s anxiety https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children-copewith-stress-print.pdf https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/anxiety-disorders-in-children

Supporting children and young people with existing mental health difficulties

Some children and young people may already have difficulties with their mental health and are already receiving treatment from services.

They may become extremely anxious about COVID-19 and may develop new or more severe anxiety symptoms e.g. feel the need to wash their hands compulsively, struggle to get to sleep or experience panic symptoms.

It is really important that they are helped to use any coping strategies they may have already developed through work with counsellors, clinicians or others who support them like relaxation exercises, distraction or use of a worry box etc.

If they are taking prescribed medicine, it is important that they continue to take this regularly as prescribed and that repeat prescriptions are arranged well in advance.

If they are attending Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) or another support service, the clinicians or professionals they see may arrange to speak to them over the telephone or through a secure conference call instead of bringing them into clinics.

If their usual clinician is on leave or is deployed to another service, there may be arrangements for cover from other people in the service.

Parents or carers who are worried about their child’s mental health should contact their clinic directly for advice, rather than presenting with their child to an A and E department.

Many organisations are developing information and resources specifically for people who are living with specific mental illnesses.

For example Beat, the eating disorder charity have a page on Covid-19 https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/coronavirus and are also running a new support group “The Sanctuary” every day to support those with eating disorders.

OCD UK have also put together information and advice for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: https://www.ocduk.org/ocd-coronavirussummary

Action for Happiness put together monthly calendars with daily actions in support of ‘Keep calm, stay wise, be kind’. Aprils calendar can be found here: https://www.actionforhappiness.org/active-april

 

Action for Happiness May 2020

Action for Happiness June 2020 https://www.actionforhappiness.org/joyful-june

Action for Happiness also have a specific calendar for coping with the global crisis – giving a helpful tip each day to help in the current situation. The Coping Calendar can be found here: https://www.actionforhappiness.org/coping-calendar

 

 

PAPYRUS, the charity for prevention of young suicide has published a 30 days self care calendar which can be found here: https://papyrus-uk.org/30-days-of-self-care/

 

MIND have published the following tips for self care:

 

Resources for Anxiety

Anxiety Teen Workbook

Anxiety and Superheroes

 

Supporting children and young people with autism, neurodevelopmental disorders and/or learning disability

Some children or young people will find the raised anxiety levels at home, school or in their community hard to manage and if schools are closed, this will place particular pressure on their families.

It is important that they are given clear information about COVID-19 in an accessible way which emphasises that although any of us may become ill, they are not expected to become very sick and they might not even notice that they have the infection.

Parents and carers will know best what helps their children when they are worried and trying to keep them busy and active as much as possible is best.

Relaxation and self-soothing strategies are useful and trying to make the change in routine, and the need for frequent hand washing, fun might be difficult but can bring down anxiety levels.

Learning Disability England have lots of information and resources listed on their website for support https://www.learningdisabilityengland.org.uk/what-we-do/keeping-informed-and-in-touch-during-coronavirus/

Easy read information about COVID 19:

https://www.enable.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID19-ES15- Coronavirus-Easy-Read-1.pdf

https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/helpful-resources.aspx

https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/how-we-can-all-help.aspx

https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/how-nas-can-help.aspx

Flu Teaching Story

Hand washing tips for people with sensory difficulties

https://www.sensoryintegration.org.uk/News/8821506

Supporting children and young people who are looked after 

Children and young people who are looked after may be facing particular difficulties.

It is important that any decisions which are made relating to a child or young persons support, placement or circumstances, are explained to them clearly and the rationale set out.

“COVID-19” alone cannot be used as an explanation for a change in arrangements; detail around why should be provided (for example, if their usual social worker or support worker has to work elsewhere, or is absent, or if family contact arrangements change).

Stability and continuity in arrangements should be the priority, where safe and possible, but where this is not possible time should be taken to calmly explain why.

Supporting children and young people who don’t feel safe at home

Children and young people and their families who are experiencing abuse may be affected by the impact of COVID19.

Self-isolation will impact on the accessibility of local support services and could increase the risk of harm in the home.

Making people aware that national helplines are still in operation and that children can access these, is very important.

ChildLine is a free, private and confidential service where children and young people can talk about anything. Help is available by telephone on 0800 1111 or online at: https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/contacting-childline

In cases of domestic abuse, organisations should seek to support the nonabusing parent as best they can in order to keep children safe.

The Hide Out (an online space created by Women’s Aid), helps children and young people understand domestic abuse, and how to take action if it’s happening to them. https://thehideout.org.uk

Those experiencing an abusive relationship, and friends, relatives and professionals supporting anyone in these circumstances, can download the Bright Sky app to Android and Apple mobile phones. It provides information on support and includes a journal which can safely store incidents of abuse recorded. The app is available in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Polish https://www.hestia.org/brightsky

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline is available 24/7 on 0800 027 1234. Webchat is available at www.sdafmh.org.uk and support can be accessed via email at helpline@sdafmh.org.uk. For advice, professionals can call Scottish Women’s Aid on 0131 226 6606, https://womensaid.scot/

The Haven is a registered charity based in Wolverhampton, supporting women and dependant children who are vulnerable to domestic abuse, homelessness and abuse. Details on support during COVID-19 are provided on their website: https://www.havenrefuge.org.uk/   and also on their advert which can be viewed here:

West Midlands Police offer support for domestic abuse – their campaign #NoExcuseForAbuse and information can be accessed here: https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/noexcuseforabusedl/

Looking after the adults

This is a difficult time for everyone, and we all need to look after ourselves and each other.

Accessing trustworthy sources of information is important in understanding what actions you can take to protect yourself and others.

For parents and carers, it will also allow you to confidently share accurate information with your child.

Taking steps to look after your mental health are good for you, your family and those you look after. Taking time out from work and the media coverage will be a positive way to manage anxiety. Getting outdoors into green spaces is a therapeutic for people of all ages.

Support for Parents / Carers

For help with Food: Black Country Foodbank 01384 671 250

Information for families: 0121 569 4914 (Sandwell) 01902 554242 (Wolverhampton)

Drug and Alcohol information: 0121 553 133 (Sandwell) 0300 200 2400 (Wolverhampton)

Domestic Violence: 0121 553 0090 (Sandwell) 01902 904677 (Wolverhampton)

Adult Social Care: 0121 569 5789 (Sandwell) 01902 551199 (Wolverhampton)

Age UK: 0800 169 6565

Mind: 0300 1233 393

For parents if you are really struggling and don’t feel that you can keep yourselves safe and are struggling with your mental health you can contact a local Mental Health Crisis Team – : 0121 543 4100 (Sandwell) 01902 444141 (Wolverhampton)

Samaritans 116 123

Its important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. The Mental Health Foundation have published 10 practical ways to help look after mental health. You can view this article by clicking on this link – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-mental-health 

The British Dyslexia Association has a free webinar for parents to view. The webinar focuses on managing anxiety for parents and their children. You can register to view the webinar here https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/4646118730518821645

There are free mindfulness resources available from Breathworks and Oxford Mindfulness which can be accessed here: https://www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk/news/a-message-from-vidyamala-covid-19-free-course-for-troubling-times    https://oxfordmindfulness.org/online-sessions-podcasts/

MoodMaster has created free resources for parents in relation to lockdown and COVID-19. Free resources include ‘Maintaining your wellbeing during self isolation’ https://www.moodmaster.co.uk/img/maintaining-your-wellbeing-during-self-isolation.pdf?version=7

The full range of free MoodMaster resources can be accessed here: https://www.moodmaster.co.uk/open-resources.html

The Contented Child have a number of webinars available for families, covering a range of topics including: Autism Spectrum Awareness, Social, Emotional and Mental Health, Resilience and Wellbeing, Emotional Regulation, ADHD, Dyslexia, Challenging Behaviour, ODD, Sleep and Preparing your child for school. These webinars are unfortunately not free – but you can access them through their website here: https://thecontentedchild.co.uk/webinars/

A list of trustworthy sources of information for adults to read and learn about COVID 19

Scottish Government COVID 19 information for older children and adults https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

Guide for older children and adults who may wish to access more information about COVID 19 https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

Advice and Guidance from WHO on COVID 19: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 https://www.epi-win.com/

Some links to help look after your mental health https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-healthduring-coronavirus-outbreak https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

With thanks to the individuals and organisations who contributed to this information document. The information in this document is accurate of this date and will be reviewed updated and further developed to respond to recommendations and guidelines.

March 19th 2020 by WHO

For Additional resources on how to explain COVID-19 to your child and home educating resources/ top tips please see additional links below:

How Do I talk/ tell my child about COVID-19

‘But Why’ Podcast, there is a podcast for Corona information here

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/474377890/but-why-a-podcast-for-curious-kids?t=1585218325240

https://theautismeducator.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Corona-Virus-Free-Printable-Updated-2-The-Autism-Educator-.pdf

BPS guidance – https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/talking-children-about-coronavirus

BACP guidance around managing anxiety – https://www.bacp.co.uk/news/news-from-bacp/2020/28-february-coronavirus-anxiety-how-to-cope-if-you-re-feeling-anxious-about-the-outbreak/

Anna Freud links – Supporting schools & colleges: A guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption There are also three videos, one for school staff, one for parents and one for children and young people which may be useful.

Liverpool CAMHS resource – https://wakelet.com/wake/564d7bc8-4bc9-462f-a9e1-2deb03150c3

National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx

Mencap – Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf

Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/

Young Minds – Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

Carers UK – Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19

Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic:

https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

Amaze – information pack for parents https://amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/

Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education.  You can download it here: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/sites/default/files/2020-03/V4%20Coronavirus%20advice%20for%20schools%20poster%20020302%20EDU15.0.4%20%282%29.pdf

FACE COVID – How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis – by Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap

My Name is Coronavirus – MindHeart Kids How to explain coronavirus to kids

Social Stories about Coronavirus

NHS Wales and Community Child Health guide: Supporting Children with LD and ASD about Coronavirus

Sandwell Educational Psychology guide: Top Tips for Teaching at Home

Sandwell MBC: Useful Links and Resources

Autism.org.uk have part of their website dedicated to social stories and how to create your own https://www.autism.org.uk/about/strategies/social-stories-comic-strips.aspx

Generic Resources for Parents and Children

New Every Mind Matters COVID-19 assets: Every Mind Matters has created new COVID 19 specific assets to help you support the public’s Mental Health whilst staying at home. These include long and short videos featuring Dr Hilary Jones and animated social assets which are now available to download on the Campaign Resource Centre.

Public Health England has also developed new content for the every mind matters website: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

All of the Public Health England resources relating to Covid-19 can be accessed here: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources

Additional links for support:

www.Kooth.com – Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

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Self injury support- www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk-  helpline, text support, webchat and self help resources for women and girls who self-injure

National self harm network– http://www.nshn.co.uk/- Online Support Forum- The forum provides crisis support, information and resources, advice, discussions and distractions. Closely monitored, available 24/7

Papyrus– https://papyrus-uk.org/- confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK

Young minds– https://youngminds.org.uk/ – information on various mental health condtions- also offer a Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544

The mix– https://www.themix.org.uk/ -UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile

Centre for clinical interventions– https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself – Self-help workbooks and resources for a number of mental health and emotional well-being issues including anxiety, depression, body image issues, assertiveness, perfectionism.

Anti-Bullying Alliance– https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/ support and advice about bullying

ChildLine– https://childline.org.uk/ – Information and advice around school, home, relationships, emotions, your body, bullying

MindEd– https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/young-people/ – education about your child’s mental health

Think U Know–  https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ – information about safety on/off line

Mermaid’s – http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/ – supporting young people and family’s gender diverse and transgender

National autistic society– https://www.autism.org.uk – information and advice about autism

Child bereavement uk– https://www.childbereavementuk.org/young-people – support and advice for children experiencing bereavement.​

 

Tips/ resources to help me home educate my child

FREE online education resources

A non-exhaustive list that might help home education as a result of school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators.

Top Tips for Teaching at Home

Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership has also published a poster on staying safe online during COVID-19 

Staying Safe Online

Nursery/Reception age

Chatterpack

chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/resources-list-for-home-learning

A website which has very comprehensive list of resources for all ages

Hungry Little Minds

hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#0

A website for parents with ideas of how to stimulate your child from birth to 5 years

ABCYA

www.abcya.com

Online games for maths and English, mainly for EYFS and KS1

ICT games

www.ictgames.co.uk

Choose from maths and English games for child’s age group. See home learning games for Years 1,2 and 3+ for suggested games.

 

Primary School age

Storyline reading book your child can read for free

https://www.storylineonline.net/

a reading book your child can read for free

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Blockly

https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos useful for both primary and secondary ages.

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
You Tube videos on many subjects for a younger audience

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetect…/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/…
Activities and quizzes

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.​

Hello Giggles

https://hellogiggles.com/news/museums-with-virtual-tours/

Virtual tours of museums and art exhibitions from all around the world

Chester Zoo

https://www.chesterzoo.org

Online videos virtual tours of the zoo and animals

Vooks

Free online books

https://www.vooks.com/

World Book

Free online books

https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==&fbclid=IwAR0GalMPWnrh190rkQjATqvalrn4XxDjiOkk05oq2BATgzMQ4zoSUPTRR1I

Scholastic

Free learning resource for children with 20 days of articles, stories, videos and fun learning challenges.

http://www.scholastic.com/learnathome

The Maths Factor

Usually a paid resource, but free to use now until schools re-open

https://www.themathsfactor.com/

Learn Sign Language

BSL are doing free online courses for children

Children’s learning/education 

Purple Mash is doing free logins for a month  https://www.purplemash.com/login/

BBC Bitesize 

Keep your child’s learning going with BBC bite size activities https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Phonics Play Comics

Free to use this period without needing a subscription, just use log in details:

Log in: March20

Password: home

http://www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk/

Classroom Secrets

Maths and reading home learning packages

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/

White Rose Maths

Home learning maths packages

http://www.whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/

Master The Curriculum

Free education resources

http://www.masterthecurriculum.co.uk/

Primary Stars

Maths home learning packages for schools (KS1)

https://primarystarseducation.co.uk/covid-19-year-1/

Mrs Mactivity

Activities and resources to support home learning, just type in your email and free activities will be sent to you

http://www.mrsmactivity.co.uk/free-resources-2/

Smiling Mind 

Short audio sessions to help with mindfulness

https://app.smilingmind.com.au/

Cosmic yoga – youtube

Yoga videos designed for kids aged 3+

http://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

BBC Supermovers

Interactive videos to support with KS1 and KS2 Maths, Literacy and PSHE and PE learning. Great for times tables as well as videos that are just for fun.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Go Noodle

Youtube ‘brainercise’ videos, dancing, strength and mindfulness as well as videos that are ‘just for fun’.

http://www.youtube.com/user/GoNoodleGames/featured

Premier League Stars

Videos and activities to support Maths, Literacy, PSHE and PE

http://www.plprimarystars.com

Newsround

Keeping children up to date with the world around them, creating opportunities to talk about the news with children

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

Audible

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Audible are offering free instant access audio books- no need to sign up- just click the lin

Google Earth

Google Earth- 30 Sites

Explore 30 amazing World Heritage in great detail. It’s almost as if you were there!

The Scouts – The Great Indoors

https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors?utm_source=twitter&amp%3Butm_medium=traffic&amp%3Butm_campaign=staticcopy3

Explore lots of indoor activities to keep you busy and having fun

Museums online

www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online

Access 12 of the world’s major museums all online

Chatterpack

chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/resources-list-for-home-learning

A website which has very comprehensive list of resources for all ages

Tinkercad

www.tinkercad.com/

Free online app for 3D design, electronics and coding

 

Secondary School age

Free Digital Skills Course

Caudwell Children are offering a free 10 week digital skills training course for all 16-25 year olds living in the West Midlands who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Caudwell Children Free Digital Skills Leaflet

Caudwell Learner letter

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

Seneca

https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Blockly

https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free. Primarily for primary age however may be fun for some younger secondary school age children.

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos, useful for both primary and secondary ages

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com

You Tube videos on many subjects

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetect…/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location! For the younger age Children in secondary school.

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games, For the younger age Children in secondary school.

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/…
Activities and quizzes

Hello Giggles

https://hellogiggles.com/news/museums-with-virtual-tours/

Virtual tours of museums and art exhibitions from all around the world

Chester Zoo

https://www.chesterzoo.org

Online videos virtual tours of the zoo and animals

Vooks

Free online books

https://www.vooks.com/

World Book

Free online books

https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==&fbclid=IwAR0GalMPWnrh190rkQjATqvalrn4XxDjiOkk05oq2BATgzMQ4zoSUPTRR1I

Scholastic

Free learning resource for children with 20 days of articles, stories, videos and fun learning challenges.

http://www.scholastic.com/learnathome

The Maths Factor

Usually a paid resource, but free to use now until schools re-open

https://www.themathsfactor.com/

Learn Sign Language

BSL are doing free online courses for children

Children’s learning/education 

Purple Mash is doing free logins for a month  https://www.purplemash.com/login/

BBC Bitesize 

Keep your child’s learning going with BBC bite size activities https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Phonics Play Comics

Free to use this period without needing a subscription, just use log in details:

Log in: March20

Password: home

http://www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk/

Classroom Secrets

Maths and reading home learning packages

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/

White Rose Maths

Home learning maths packages

http://www.whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/

Master The Curriculum

Free education resources

http://www.masterthecurriculum.co.uk/

Newsround

Keeping children up to date with the world around them, creating opportunities to talk about the news with children

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

Audible

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Audible are offering free instant access audio books- no need to sign up- just click the lin

Google Earth

Google Earth- 30 Sites

Explore 30 amazing World Heritage in great detail. It’s almost as if you were there!

The Scouts – The Great Indoors

https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors?utm_source=twitter&amp%3Butm_medium=traffic&amp%3Butm_campaign=staticcopy3

Explore lots of indoor activities to keep you busy and having fun

Museums online

www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online

Access 12 of the world’s major museums all online

Chatterpack

chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/resources-list-for-home-learning

A website which has very comprehensive list of resources for all ages

Tinkercad

www.tinkercad.com/

Free online app for 3D design, electronics and coding

 

Fun activities to do with young children or creative children

Homemade obstacle courses

Use as many safe objects as you can and get your child to run around or navigate these

Shadow drawings

If it is sunny outside why not try placing objects by a piece of paper and get your child to draw round the shadows. From this you can create this into an activity of looking at the way the shadows and shapes might change as the sun moves throughout the day. Or use the shadows to create a scene or a picture.

Learn sign language

BSL are doing free online courses for children

Children’s learning/education 

Purple Mash as doing free logins for a month  https://www.purplemash.com/login/

Water drawings

Take your child into the garden with some water and let them create shapes on the ground with the water

Home made naughts and crosses 

Why not try and make your own naughts and crosses using tape in the garden if it’s sunny, and find items to use for the naughts and crosses.

Chalk art 

If you have a wall or pavement outside in the garden that is easily washable, why not try letting your child create chalk drawings on the pavements or walls. This could include games like hop scotch snakes and ladders.​

Some information on what celebrities are offering

9.00am – PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro
10.00am – Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com
11.00am – English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
12.00pm – Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/…/category/get-kids-cooking/
1.00pm – Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
1.30pm – Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedan…/status/1241098264373592065
2.00pm – History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
4.00pm – Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks

 

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My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule Activity Pack

RCPch (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) have published some fun activities for children and young people whist staying at home. These can be accessed here https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/stay-home-activities-children-young-people?utm_source=Royal%20College%20Of%20Paediatrics%20and%20Child%20Health&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11491789_RCPCH%20Engagement%20Collaborative%20April%202020&dm_i=12S1,6UB4D,UDMSY9,RFCVP,1%

Easy Read Information Guides and Support

 

National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff:https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx

 

Mencap – Easy Read guide to Coronavirus:https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf

Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing:https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/

Young Minds – Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

Carers UK – Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19

Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

Amaze – information pack for parents https://amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/

Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education.  You can download it here.

Top tips for preparing your child for returning to school – published by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists 

Top tips for preparing your child for returning to school -1 

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