Home Learning Support
Since the government announced the shutdown of schools parents are having to adapt to the difficult task of educating their children at home. Your role in this is crucial if parents and carers are to feel supported and assisted in helping their children to learn. With younger children this can be even more of a challenge so try to reassure parents that much of the formal learning requirements are things parents would instinctively do with their children, for example; interacting and communicating, fine motor and large scale movements, reading and writing, counting shape, space and measure and expressive arts and design.
Allowing children to run off steam whilst in lockdown is probably the biggest challenge for many parents especially for those with no outdoor space. The home-learning link includes a range of websites and apps that parents can easily access to support their child's home-learning in all areas, alongside daily timetables that can help parents structure the days ahead. We have also created a list of virtual tours for museums, art galleries, theatres and places of interest.
Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being
The coronavirus is making everyone feel differently right now and children are no less affected by the worry. This is why it is important to look after not only our own mental health and well-being but also the impact it is having on our children.
With schools closed and having to stay at home it is important for children to know that all these changes to our lives might make us feel scared, isolated or anxious. It is also vital to make clear that it is ok to feel like this. Try to answer children’s questions about the coronavirus and discuss how we can keep safe to stop it from spreading. To help parents and practitioners support children during this period the children’s commission have created a guide to the coronavirus https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/.
Click on the mental health and well-being link for additional materials and support for staff and children. We are also building a bank of illustrated stories that explain the coronavirus to children.