The coronavirus outbreak is a challenging time for many, including children and young people.
Listed below are some resources to help support children during the outbreak.
Health for Teens and the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have prepared a list of advice and support services available to children, young people and their families living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland. More resources, national and local, can be found below.
For parents and carers:
- The Government has published guidance on supporting children and young people during the outbreak
- The World Health Organisation has published advice on helping children cope with stress
- NSPCC have published advice on how to keep children safe and happy at home
- If you live in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, you can contact your Public Health (School) Nurse about your child through ChatHealth.
- A recent NHS blog post offers advice on supporting children with mental ill health.
- The Challenging Behaviour Foundation has prepared resources for the families of people with severe learning disabilities.
- Contact has also compiled information on a range of topics aimed at families with disabled children.
For children and young people:
- Headspace offer meditation for children aged 5 - 12 in 'Headspace for Kids'
- Childline have published advice on the virus and how to cope
- YoungMinds have published tips, advice and guidance on where to access mental health support
- Mind have put together information and advice for young people
- Health For Teens offers coronavirus-themed information and advice aimed at young people
- If you live in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and are aged 11 - 19, you can talk to your Public Health (School) Nurse through ChatHealth.
- If it's all getting too much, read this NHS blog post for advice
Talking about coronavirus:
- YoungMinds, The British Psychological Society, The Mental Health Foundation and Health for Kids have all prepared guidance on talking to children about the virus
- Place2Be has compiled answers to questions children may ask
- BBC Newsround have also compiled some answers to frequently asked questions
- Beyond Words have created a free guide - Jack Plans Ahead for Coronavirus - for family and carers to go through
Reading about coronavirus:
- New Government advice has been released to help children aged 2 - 4 and primary-school children learn at home.
- The Government has also published guidance for parents and carers of SEND children on continuing their education during coronavirus, including links to useful educational resources.
- BBC Bitesize have produced a Parents' Toolkit full of SEND resources, activities and support.
- The UCL Institute of Home Education has also put together some resources to help home-school children with SEND
- The Oak National Academy provides 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects, for Reception through to Year 10.
- Discovery Education offers free English, Maths and Science resources for children in KS1 or KS2.
- Oxford Owl offers English and Maths resources for children aged 3 - 11.
- The Maths Factor offers Maths-themed resources for children aged 4 - 12.
- The Science Museum Group and Explorify offer Science resources for children of varying ages.
- The Met Office offers weather themed resources for children aged 7 - 14.
- Code offers computer sciences courses for children of all ages.
- Crash Course, BBC Bitesize and National Geographic Kids offer videos, activities and resources on a variety of topics.
- Visions Children's Centre have put together some activities to try at home, as well as online Musical Mavericks and Baby Yoga sessions
- Hungry Little Minds offer simple, fun activities for hcildren aged 0 - 5.
- Active Creative have published some Dinky Dancers videos for pre-schoolers.
- The Imagination Tree have a range of activities for young children
- Small Talk and Tiny Happy People provide ideas to encourage and improve communication
- Change4Life offers a range of indoor and outdoor physical activities
- The Rutland Ospreys' live cameras offer round-the-clock coverage of the star pair
- The RSPB list a variety of bird-themed activities to do indoors and outdoors
- Seussville - home of all things Dr. Seuss - provides activities for parents to access, as well as information, games and videos for children
- The Art For Kids Hub Youtube channel teaches children how to draw a variety of things
- Active Creative have published some dance videos for children in Key Stage 1 and Performing Arts videos for children in Key Stage 2.