Support for Parents during Covid-19
This document from the North Cumbria & North East Children and Young People Peer Network provides some great advice for parents and carers supporting children during lockdown
Ideas for parents as suggested on the Early Education (The British Association for Early Childhood Education) website:
Playing and Exploring
- The Gruffalo website
- Octonauts on CBeebies if you feel inspired by Dr Verity Campbell-Barr’s blog on home schooling on our Early Education website
- @RebeccaRHelm on Twitter is tweeting facts and pictures about the open ocean every weekday
- @Emilydoodles on Twitter is the learning officer at Leeds Museum and is sharing fascinating scientific objects and facts – one week was all about sea creatures.
- Bird drawing – Matt Sewell on Instagram live bird drawing on Friday afternoons.
- @ScholasticUK on Facebook are showing Julia Donaldson reading and performing songs live every Thursday at 4pm.
- If you use Apple, Eric Carle: Artist and AR pioneer has enabled The Very Hungry Caterpillar AR to enter the (almost) real world with augmented reality!
- Chester Zoo on Facebook have been live with their virtual zoo days and you can view their films afterwards on their page.
- 50 things activities to do in your back garden if you’re lucky enough to have a garden this has plenty of ideas. Alternatively, the 50 things to do before you’re five App offers many options.
- Six ways to help your child come to terms with lockdown loss from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, on BBC Bitesize
- Winston’s Wish is an organisation that supports children who have lost a parent or sibling
- Dr Karen Treisman’s Safe Hands Thinking Minds website has lots of info to support anxiety
Free resources for home learning
- If you would like to see more links, here’s a good summary of 87 free resources for home learning from TES (28th March 2020).
Encouraging and supporting
- The new rules of lockdown: how to stay clean, safe and two metres away from everyone from the Guardian (2nd April 2020)
A free book explaining Coronavirus to children
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. You can read it here
Free Virtual Tours of World Museums, Educational Sites & Galleries For Children
A short video explaining the importance of laughter to help reduce anxiety at this time. The sabre toothed tiger is Covid 19 at the moment!
Google arts and culture is a fantastic resource. You could take a virtual tour of dinosaurs in a museum and explore distant places of the world, plus so much more!