Tips for parents
Conversations around the current COVID-19 crisis are increasing each day and this may be worrying children. Therefore as parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults, it is important that we help them to make sense of what they hear in an honest, accurate way to reduce their anxiety or fears during this challenging time, as well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle at home.
We have created a list of resources, with tips to help adults have important conversations with children about COVID-19, including ways we can avoid getting and spreading the disease and advice on how kids can stay entertained and active at home.
Teaching children about COVID-19
It is important that we give children information that is truthful and appropriate for their age and developmental level. The following resources have great information and advice on how to start the conversation about COVID-19 to your children:
Actions to reduce the spread of germs
There are some great videos on YouTube which explain how to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 disease, providing education to children in a fun and engaging way. Take a look at the examples below:
Activities, exercise and entertainment
The FA have launched the #FASuperKicks challenge, which will bring a new activity for your kids every day during the week that you can do at home.
Scouts UK aims to prepare more young people with skills for life, supported by amazing leaders delivering inspiring programmes. With identifying that the next weeks are going to be difficult for families, due to Covid-19 causing schools to close, they have done their bit to help, pulling together some inspired indoor activity ideas to encourage kids to learn new skills and have fun all in #TheGreatIndoors.
You don’t need any equipment to join in with The Body Coach’s home sessions, all you have to do is tune in to The Body Coach TV’s YouTube channel at 9am (GMT) each morning for a 30-minute workout. The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages, even adults can get involved because exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.
This Girl Can is all about celebrating women getting active, no matter how they like to do it. Partnering with Disney and real families across England, they have captured some of the ways mums and kids get moving to the Disney songs they love. There are several YouTube videos for inspiration.
Change4Life has provided loads of great indoor children’s activities and games for them to play, so, they can still get the activity they need even when they cannot get outside, using easy-to-follow Shake Up games inspired by kids’ favourite Disney characters. With just a few songs and some simple props, they will soon be throwing some superhero shapes, dancing in the jungle, hopping hippos, herding sheep and finding a friend who keeps hiding around the house!
The Premier League #PLPrimaryStars free resources inspire children aged 5-11 to learn, have fun and be active. The curriculum-linked activities cover English and Maths, Health & Wellbeing and Physical Activity, and feature Premier League stars and mascots that will engage with them during this challenging time for all.
BrainPOP is an online trusted learning resource supporting core and supplemental subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide. They have lots of learning tools to help learners stay informed and on-track.
Bamboo learning is a free Alexa platform which provides an education-focused game that showcases notable but less-known historical figures. By saying to your device “Alexa, Luminary of the Day” you activate a search through Bamboo video database of influential people from diverse fields. Kids can enjoy Bamboo video books, math lessons, and music. Just say “Alexa, open Bamboo Luminaries.”
Club Oasis is a free online STEM club for children and parents, whereby they can join in with the DYI STEM labs, live classes, coding lessons and live pop-ups. Activities are targeted towards first school students and older.
Zinc is a literacy platform for middle-high school students for all abilities. First, they carry out a ‘test’ to establish reading levels. Then Zinc ‘teaches’ students close reading strategies and new vocabulary. With these new skills and words, students then ‘train’ their reading abilities with a wide selection of texts. After each reading, there is a short assessment, which generates data to ‘target’ future instructions as well as monitoring the learners progress.
The 123 Home School 4 me online resources are organised by subject and grade. The website has a range of helpful educational activities to help keep kids learning at home. There are several printable worksheets available too, for when you want to sit down with your kids.
Education.com are currently offering their registered Basic members free access to some of their best Premium resources to help support people during school closures. Each worksheet was created by a professional educator, so you know your child will learn critical age-appropriate facts and concepts. The worksheets are across a variety of subjects featuring vibrant colours, cute characters, and interesting stories so that kids get excited about learning.