Below you can access useful advice and guidance concerning coronavirus, keeping safe and explaining the facts to small children who might be worried
Information about the virus
Here is a useful video that will help explain coronavirus and the need for extra hygiene to your children
This is a link with the official information for parents concerning the closure of schools during the coronavirus outbreak.
If you feel your child is anxious and worried about coronavirus this might be a useful guide to help reassure them.
A nurse has written a very gentle children’s book to help explain coronavirus to very young children. ‘Dave the dog is worried about coronavirus’
Here is a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler:
Here are some useful guidelines for how to approach home schooling
Set some kind of routine
Number one would have to be set some kind of routine. Not an academic learning routine, but some kind of living routine for example what time you get up in the morning, what time you stop and have a snack etc and then build small chunks of activities around this.
Remember your children are used to playtimes and they are used to routine. That could be a lovely thing to do with the children, make it visual, stick it up on the fridge and enjoy it.”
Keep activities simple
Keep activities simple. You’re not there to try and make your children progress their learning, you’re there to try and keep their learning skills ticking over and to keep them engaged and stimulated.
So keep it simple, keep it enjoyable, otherwise you’re going to find yourself stressing out more than the children.
Use the resources available to you
There are so many resources on the internet, use the guidelines that the school have provided. Use the interactive resources that we have sent you, use Showbie and make it easy for yourself and make it enjoyable.
Use what’s in your house
Get the photographs out, talk to your children about yourself when you were a child, talk to them about what it was like when they were younger, get them to help you cook. Get them to help you do the washing. Get them to help you clean. Get them to learn life skills and actually enjoy being with your children and just spending time together in the house.
Try not to worry or stress
Please don’t worry, we’re not expecting your children to come back to school having made loads and loads of progress.
What we want you to do is to actually enjoy this time with them, make the most of this time that you have with them, because hopefully you may look back at this and think that it was a really enjoyable time that you spent with your children, in your home, learning alongside them.
Useful links to support learning
There is a whole host of organisations and website out there offering educational support, but two really great websites we’d recommend are
The DFE have also produced the following website signposting parents to useful learning resources selected by experts: