Resources

On this page we have brought together a range of useful advice and guidance on how to respond to Covid-19

Please note: These links have been provided from various trusted contacts; but have not been fully reviewed and verified. We have not been paid to promote or recommend these resources over any other resources. These links are our attempt at providing support in one place for our community. 



Government Resources

Links to government published resources

UK Government
In the first instance, the UK Government Covid-19 pages are frequently and rapidly updated with advice and guidance in line with advice from Public Health England.

Click here to view

There is specific guidance for educational settings (and guidance for employers, employees and businesses).

Click here to view guidance for educational settings guidance

Click here to view guidance for employers, employees & businesses

Here you’ll find Government Covid-19 Guidance on vulnerable children and young people

Click here to view guidance on vulnerable children and young people

World Health Organisation: Covid-19 and Mental Health

The WHO has recently published considerations to support mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak. This guidance has specific recommendations for health care workers, caretakers of children, caretakers of older adults and people in isolation.

Click here to view article



Information about coronavirus specifically for children

Links to resources that may help you communicate with children as well as activities you could try to help children understand the virus.

BBC Newsround
The BBC Newsround site has a comprehensive section on coronavirus with text and video guidance focusing on tips if a child is worried, how to wash your hands, and what self-isolation means.

Click here to visit the Newsround website

YoungMinds UK
The YoungMinds UK advice on what to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus might be more useful for teens and young adults. The main focus is on self-care and they provide further information about how young people can look after their mental health if self-isolating.

Click here to view the YoungMinds UK advice

Click here to view information for young people on looking after their mental health


Mencap (easy read)
Mencap have produced an excellent easy read information sheet about coronavirus. This would be particularly useful for children, young people or adults whose understanding is improved with visuals and when information is given in bitesize chunks. The easy read version covers what coronavirus is, what to do if you think you have it, and how to help stop the spread.

Click here to read Mencap's information sheet


Carol Gray Coronavirus social story
Carol Gray has produced a social story about coronavirus and pandemics. The social story uses large print pictures and provides contextual information about pandemics and viruses in general.

Click here to view the social story


MindHeart Covibook – A story about coronavirus

This excellent MindHeart information and activity book about coronavirus would be an excellent way to open up a conversation about children’s concerns. The book is available in 18 languages (fantastic!) and it encourages children to label their current feelings and offers specific advice on things they can do to stay healthy.

Click here to get the activity book


The Autism Educator – coronavirus social story
Another excellent social story about coronavirus that has a good level of specificity about the effects of social distancing e.g. not being able to go to favourite places.
The social story has been written from an Irish context so references schools being closed – however, UK schools are now closed so is still relevant.

Click here to view social story


Brain Pop Video
This is a great clip for kids, explaining the virus and how to stay healthy.

Click here to view video



Information about coronavirus for parents, carers and professionals

 

Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) advice

Earlier this week the DECP released advice on talking to children about coronavirus. There are five simple tips focusing on honesty, openness and validating children’s emotions.

Click here to read their advice


National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

The NASP is a professional body for school psychologists in the USA. They have released a parent guide for talking to children about coronavirus. it’s lengthy, but comprehensive.

Click here to read their parent guide

Mind
Mind has an excellent page providing generic advice for everyone about maintaining wellbeing. The page has two distinct sections:
1. Plan for staying at home or indoors
2. Taking care of our mental health and wellbeing
3. The Psychologist Magazine
With an increase in home working and social isolation meaning no travel times, you might have more time on your hands. The Psychologist has compiled contributions that provide a psychological perspective on coronavirus. The page is updated regularly

Click here to view Mind website

Somerset Educational Psychology Service
Somerset EPS has also compiled a number of resources to support talking to children and young people. Of note is their list of books that can help children draw, talk, understand and manage their emotions during these uncertain times.

Click here to view

Southend Educational Psychology Service
Southend EPS, similar to Somerset, have compiled a number of resources to help children, young people, parents/carers and professionals. Of particular note on the Southend EPS webpages is the extensive list of learning, arts and crafts activities for children should they need to be at home.

Click here to visit the Southend Learning Network website 

Click here to view blog from EDPSY on coronavirus 

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust 
Support and guidance for your mental health
Click here to view CWMT Resources

Click here to view CWMT Advice during COVID-19


Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families

Advice for young people, parents and carers and professional

Click here to view their advice

AC Education
They have developed an exciting program of free videos via their youtube channel 

Click here to view their videos



Educational and Wellbeing Resources

Resources for teachers, parents, guardians, educational psychologists etc. Resources to help you during isolation, communicate with others as well as helping you and your children cope during this time.

Sample Letter to Parents
A sample letter to parents which gives parents strategies to build resilience and have reassuring conversations with their child(ren). You can use or modify this document to fit your school's needs:

Click here to view sample letter

Survival tips for parents
Survival tips for parents 10 activities you could implement at home

Click here to view the 10 activities

Coping, Resilience & Wellbeing in Uncertain Times: Free Resources
A psychology-informed resource to:
a. support people in coping with the psychological impact/demands of the Coronavirus circumstances, or;
b. to help practitioners in supporting others to cope. 

Click here to view resources 

Maintaining wellbeing During Coronavirus
A very brief and practical resource that might be helpful to people, either to you or those you are contact with.
It's called 'Maintaining Wellbeing During Coronavirus' and has been written to help families look after themselves during periods of self-isolation, quarantine or lockdown.
It's a short quick-and-accessible, and practical document. The pack is informed by positive psychology, in particular Martin Seligman's PERMA model of wellbeing (Seligman, 2011 - see pack for reference).

Click here to view resource

Helping people to cope
This document ('Helping People to Cope') provides a brief summary of skills and strategies we might use when having helping conversations with others to enhance coping, resilience and wellbeing.

Click here to view resource



Mindfulness for Kids


Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is a great mindfulness app/website for the whole family (Age 7+). Smiling Mind could be used as a way to help calm and focus children’s brains and bodies.

Click here to visit website

Cosmic Kids 
Yoga and mindfulness for kids ages 3+. This is a great resource and many kids have experience using it in class.

Click here to watch videos




Online Resources for Kids

We have seperated the resources into Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post 16. 


Early Years


The Imagination Tree 
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Click here to visit website

Cbeebies Radio 
Listening activities.

Click here to visit website

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

Click here to visit website

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities

Click here to visit website

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

Click here to visit website


Primary


Twinkl 
A month of free access to parents in the event of self-isolation or school closures (use promo ‘UKTWINKLHELPS’)

Click here to visit website

BBC Bitesize

Click here to visit website

Toy Theater 
Educational online games

Click here to visit website

Oxford Owl for Home 
Lots of free resources for Primary Education.

Click here to visit website

Blue Peter Badges 
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

Click here to visit website

British Council 
Resources for English language learning Primary Level

Click here to visit website

Geography Games
Geography gaming

Click here to visit website

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Indoor and outdoor.

Click here to visit website

Blockly
Learn all about computer programming.

Click here to visit website

Scratch
Learn all about computer programming.

Click here to visit website

Ted Ed
A range of engaging educational videos

Click here to visit website

Duolingo
Learn languages for free.

Click here to visit website

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of educational videos

Click here to visit website

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes

Click here to visit website

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

Click here to visit website

Crash Course Kids
You Tube videos on many subjects for a younger audience

Click here to watch videos

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

Click here to visit website

Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Click here to visit website

Tinkercad
All kinds of making.

Click here to visit website

Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

Click here to visit website

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities

Click here to visit website

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

Click here to visit website

DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes

Click here to visit website


Secondary


Twinkl 
A month of free access to parents in the event of self-isolation or school closures (use promo ‘UKTWINKLHELPS’)

Click here to visit website

BBC Bitesize

Click here to visit website

Big History Project 
Specifically for Secondary Education.

Click here to visit website

Futurelearn 
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).

Click here to visit website

Seneca 
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Click here to visit website

British Council 
Resources for English language learning Secondary Level

Click here to visit website

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online

Click here to visit website

Blockly
Learn all about computer programming.

Click here to visit website

Scratch
Learn all about computer programming.

Click here to visit website

Ted Ed
A range of engaging educational videos

Click here to visit website

Duolingo
Learn languages for free.

Click here to visit website

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

Click here to visit website

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

Click here to visit website

Tinkercad
All kinds of making.

Click here to visit website


Post 16


BBC Bitesize

Click here to visit website 

Seneca
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Click here to visit website

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.

Click here to visit website

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online

Click here to visit website

Ted Ed
A range of engaging educational videos

Click here to visit website

Duolingo
Learn languages for free.

Click here to visit website