Support at Home-Partnership for Children
During the Covid-19 lockdown, we're all feeling less secure and missing our usual routines. But just as doing exercise improves physical health, you and your child can do activities to boost their mental health.
Partnership for children have put together a list of resources and activities. Use them to help your child find healthy ways to deal with their feelings and reactions to the Covid-19 situation.
Covid-19 Resources to support Parents/Carers & Young People from the school nursing team
Resources and Support
We want to support parents and all educational settings to ensure children and young people’s education can continue.
For support for school-aged children, you should first contact your child’s school, who will be able to offer advice.
Available support includes:
- a list of online educational resources which have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts to help pupils to learn at home
- the BBC enhancing its education provision to include daily lessons, starting from 20 April 2020
For parents with children under 5 years old, who have not yet started school, the Department for Education (DfE)’s Hungry Little Minds campaign features tips and practical activities that you can do at home with children to support their early learning.
There are many simple ways to help your children learn and it does not have to feel like ‘learning’. Having everyday conversations, make-believe play, and reading together, all make a big difference to your child’s development.
Complimentary Mildfulness classes for Northamptonshire Primary schools
My name is Sheena, I am a Rapid Transformation Practitioner, and a Mindfulness and Meditation Practitioner. After the success of my previous complimentary mindfulness class (nearly 3000 views at present) I have created another for Primary schools in Northamptonshire
Original Mindfulness class:
Mindful walking class:
Learning how to be mindful and present when going on a walk or journey, suitable for children and adults. Enjoy the journey not just the end point/destination
Mindful by a 6 year old
Learn how to be mindful, grateful and stay calm in the words and demonstration of a 6 year old.
I am based in Northampton and as well as working with individuals, businesses and families I have also been teaching Mindfulness and Meditation to primary schools for the last 3 years.
Due to the current situation I have decided to create some Mindfulness and Meditation videos on YouTube so schools, families and children can still benefit from the practice. The Videos are very similar to what I teach in schools and suitable for all ages and levels, I even have my own daughters (6 and 8 years of age sharing a few tips)
Practising Mindfulness and Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, reduce overwhelm and worry, and instead increase confidence, create a positive mindset, and develop better clarity, concentration and motivation. All these things are more relevant now than ever.
I would be delighted to help and support you, and wanted to offer you the opportunity to experience my sessions and help support your children and families too. All videos are complimentary to view during this time.
If yourself or families would like to be updated as new Mindfulness videos are released then they are welcome to subscribe to the Youtube channel.
Our school has two wonderful Emotional Literacy Support Assistants, Miss Tebbutt and Mrs Tindall. They support children for a variety of reasons-they encourage and support children to overcome fears, worries and anxieties. they give children time and space to talk and think-to put things into perspective.
At this time, when children are worried and need support-here are some fabulous resources to support them-all printable, all free and ready to go:
Creative and relaxing fun
Color Our Collections offers free PDF downloads of coloring pages created from art in the collections of 117 institutions, including The New York Academy of Medicine Library, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, RISD Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Canadian Canoe Museum and The Royal Horticultural Society libraries.
Got a 3D printer? You can download digital 3D models from NASA and print miniature satellites, landing sites, asteroids, spacecraft, spacesuits and astronaut tools.
Artist and writer Mo Willems (author of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!") is hosting daily Lunch Doodles video sessions every weekday at 1 p.m. EDT. Each daily episode is accompanied by a downloadable activity page.
What could be more soothing than watching jellyfish drifting serenely through the water? In "MeditOcean," the Monterey Bay Aquarium hosts a soothing 11-minute guided meditation video, featuring the undulating and graceful ballet of several aquarium jellyfish.
Children in grades 3 to 12 can learn to write their names in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, in this step-by-step guide from the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada.
A good story sounds even better when it's read in microgravity. Story Time from Space sends children's books to the International Space Station (ISS), where the books are read on video by astronauts as they orbit hundreds of miles above Earth.
Take a virtual field trip! More than 2,500 museums around the world have made their collections accessible online through Google Arts and Culture; you can also use Google to access virtual tours of national parks in the U.S.
There are 10 live webcams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where you can peek at sharks, sea otters, penguins and more. The San Diego Zoo has 11 animal webcams, Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has four animal webcams, and there are six webcams at the Houston Zoo.
And if you're feeling really adventurous, you can visit the surface of Mars in a spectacular high-resolution, 360-degree photo tour, created from images captured by the Curiosity rover