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Support for families with children off school due to COVID

This page is aimed at supporting children, young people and families who may be feeling anxious or worried about being off school due to COVID-19.

There is a lot of uncertainty around the current COVID-19 outbreak, it is therefore important to not only consider our physical health during such challenging times, but also to pay attention to our mental health. With that in mind RMBC have developed a rage of resources with tips and help for being off school.

FACE COVID - How to respond effectively to the coronavirus crisis

Government advice and resources

The government has brought together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

Get help with remote education

Support for children and young people

Caring for very young children at home for extended periods can be puzzling for them and sometimes unsettling. As with older children, it is good to maintain some sort of routine to give security and purpose to the day (for you too!). Of course, each family situation will vary, but here is a suggested timetable to give you some ideas:

Caring for young children timetable and resources

Support for families with children off school

The Autism Educator: What is the Coronavirus?

Children’s guide to coronavirus

Rotherham's Visual Impairment Team has provided downloadable resources on learning strategies, hints and tips for helping with behaviour difficulties and eating and useful links. Click the link below to open.

You might be anxious about your own health, or someone in your family, or what impact the virus will have on your life.

What to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus

COVID-19: Health advice for people with Asthma

COVID-19: Support for deaf children

Most people will stay at home to recover from the Coronavirus, however if you do need to go into hospital, Healthcare passports can be very useful. As well as giving hospital staff details about your health, the other useful information can help staff make you feel more comfortable.

Hospital Passport

The Little Elf who missed his Birthday party is a therapeutic story to support primary-age children in exploring strong emotions linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Therapeutic stories are designed to help children to explore and understand feelings.

Mentally Healthy Schools Toolkit: The third free toolkit from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is available to download. It includes resources for school staff, as well as parents, to use with vulnerable children or children with SEND, a resource from Stonewall for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as a resource pack for staff wellbeing and practical activities for adults and children to help stay mentally well during this time.

Supporting the emotional health and wellbeing for children and young people: Sheffield City Council have put together a guide for schools, colleges, parents and carers and help teachers and parents/ carers support young people and the whole school community to cope with the challenges they are currently facing. They have provided useful websites/ links and Apps which will help to support the young person during this uncertain time. click here to download the document.

Support for parents/carers

The latest information and advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID 19) is available on the Rotherham Council website.

Carers uk provides information on protecting your mental wellbeing.

Coronavirus advice for autistic people, their families and professionals

Witherslack Group are excited to be running a series of free webinars to ensure parents, carers and professionals are still getting the support they need whilst at home. Find a webinar to register for free.

Staying at home, games and activities

Underdogg and the indoor adventure A social story explaining the why we need to be doing activities at home.

BBC Bitesize Content to support you as schools close across the UK, to help you with education and your wellbeing.

The Imagination Tree shows you how to make games and have fun through a stay at home survival guide. Games for toddles, pre-schoolers and children of school age.

Wild Challenge is your chance to help wildlife, explore nature, and work towards awards by making your way through a heap of wild activities.

BBC CBeebies Radio has free downloads for helping calm and relax children.

While schools are closed, Audible is letting children everywhere instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have launched a poster drawing competition for children while they are off school. They have a load of LEGO prizes up for grabs.

Teacher's Pet: Offers free Home Learning packs for KS1 and KS2

Twinkl subscription service used by schools is offering a free premium service for educators, parents and children to use while schools are closed - enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.

Below are free language learning resources for your children. The cards are designed to support children with describing a scene, children can learn about sleep, mindfulness, staying safe online, geography and knowing your body.

Oxford Owl for Home with free resources available to download without registering. Aimed at primary aged children, they offer activities for reading, English, mathematics and interactive games. There's also handy 'How To' videos, to explain tricky concepts.

Live PE sessions for children off school are available on the Joe Wicks YouTube Channel. Each day the live workout will start at 9am, if you can't make the 9am live workout, don't worry the video will be added to his page to can be watched when you are free.

Cosmic Kids has YouTube videos on Yoga and mindfulness relaxation the videos are designed for children aged 3+.

For all the children who are interested in animals Edinburgh Zoo has live feeds of the tigers, penguins, panda and koalas.

Chatter Pack has a list of free, online, boredom-busting resources including virtual tours and live webcams, museums and galleries, resources on music, art and culture and much more.

Rotherham Creative Learning has set a 100 activity challenge for all you families out there at home. Click the link to see the challenges that are full of fun, creative things to do, in and around your home.