If you think you're worried about coronavirus, social distancing and self-isolation, put yourself in your child's shoes. Approximately 80 per cent of British children are worried about COVID-19, according to a recent YouGov/Coognita poll.
Given that children mainly get their information from playground gossip and alarming snippets from the news, it's easy to see how they could be anxious.
That's why parents should not shy away from talking to children about coronavirus and why we have put together a list of useful stories and websites which you can use to talk to your children about it.
Mentally Healthy Schools
Mentally Healthy Schools (Anna Freud) have released four toolkits. These toolkits include support, advice, resources and activities for teachers, parents and children. Take a look at them here:
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Children's Health have created a fun stay at home activity pack for children to complete.
Public Health England have produced this 'Easy read - looking after you feelings and your body during the coronavirus'. Click here for more information.
Josh Massey is a Year 2 Primary School teacher. It teaches children that if they are resilient, brave and positive in this scary and complicated world of 'tall people', things will eventually return to normal.
This is another child-friendly explanation of the coronavirus written by Manuela Molina from ‘Mindheart’. It is aimed at children aged 2-7.
This is an animation, story and activity pack aimed at Key Stage 2 children. It was created by the INEQE Safeguarding group to help parents and teachers tackle misinformation, reduce anxieties and help children understand Coronavirus.
This is a lovely, colourful online story book which again explains the coronavirus to younger children.
This is book created by a nurse to help ease children's fears about Coronavirus.
Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have identified a range of useful websites and information to help parents and carers at this time. The website can be found here: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-resources-parents-carers.
The Safeguarding Children's Board have produced this newsletter. It includes useful information for parents during the coronavirus. In particular, it gives important advice about when to seek medical help for your child. Please click here for more information.
The Government has recently published this 'guidance document for parents on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus virus (COVID-19) pandemic'. It provides information on ways in which you can look after your own mental health; helping children and young people cope with stress; how children and young people of different ages may react;how to support children with disabilities and health issues; bullying and where to get further advice and support. Click here for more information.
The Incredible Years have published a set of 'refrigerator Notes' entitled 'Keeping Calm and Providing Supportive Parenting during the Coronavirus written by Carolyn Webster-Stratton, PhD. It contains some useful information about talking to your children and how to manage school closures. Click here for more information.
The Government have released a set of 'Frequently Asked Questions' and answers about the Coronavirus. Click here for more information.
The Government are continuing to provide information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), this can be found by accessing the above link. For a summary of this document please click on this link.
The Government have recently released this explaination in response to learning at home: Click here for more information.