The closure of schools and educational settings in the UK from Friday 20 March for an indefinite period of time will cause a lot of anxiety and uncertainty amongst parents, carers, students and staff.
Please visit the link for up-to-date information on closures including special arrangements for vulnerable children and children of critical workers.
We will update this section with resources and information that we hope will go some way in helping families with children at home.
Resources for Families & Children
The attached has been written by Jenny Burrett (WCA Trustee) to help young people and children cope in a positive way with the challenges and uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.
CORONA Advice for Children and Young People
Mental Health charity YoungMinds shares a blog and some excellent resources on its website to help children and young people cope with the current challenges…
Hearts and Minds have set up an online peer support group programme aimed at young people aged 14 – 25 who are experiencing mental health issues
Audible have announced that all their children’s and teens’ audio books will be free to listen to as long as the schools stay closed! Click the link below to get started…
Visit the British Museum website and follow their digital channels for online tours and other resources…
Kew Gardens has updated their website with some fantastic online resources for families.
Encourage your children to stay active. Joe Wickes has become the PE teacher for the nation, access his videos via the following link:
Tune into this channel for daily workouts for children (and adults) at 8am and 4pm:
Check out this U-Tube channel with Mr. P Primary School Teacher videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpzTl_-iBBB1GH30P0JA5CA
For free audio books and to listen to much loved children’s author David Walliams read every day at 11am, visit his website here:
The YMCA have set up a Children and Family Network Group Page on Facebook. You can visit and join the group here:
Scouts UK has published ‘The Great Indoors’, with over 100 activities to keep the little ones busy…
Jay Flynn, a former pub landlord from Darwen, in Lancashire, is organising quiz nights while raising money for NHS staff and volunteers. His latest offering is a quiz for younger kids.
Merton Music Foundation has launched its e-learning music lessons, more info can be found here:
The National Literacy Trust has some excellent online resources to keep the little ones busy.
BBC Newsround for Children.
A Day's Worth of Free Resources for Children
9.30am Wednesday 25 March – Geography with Steve Backshall https://twitter.com/SteveBackshall/status/1242058846941712385
BBC Bitesize is adapting their online resources to support homeschooling over the coming weeks