At this challenging time, it's so important that children's physical and mental well-being is prioritised. We know, of course, that as parents and carers you are the most important factor in this and will be doing many of these things anyway. However, by way of offering some support and ideas we've come up with a range of suggestions that you may find helpful. Please also see the links further down the page - some resources we've come across that you may find useful if your children are anxious about the current situation:
- NSPCC virtual assembly: Speak out, stay safe (featuring Ant and Dec)
- Well-being message from school
- Notts Schools Games: Cricket
- Notts Schools Games: Athletics
- Notts Schools Games: Football
- Notts Schools Games: Golf
- Notts Schools Games: Netball
- BBC PE links for KS1 (Y1/2): movement, dance and games
- BBC PE links for KS2 (Y3-Y6): a good range of activities; particularly some inspiring clips from female sporting role models.
- Cosmic Kids Yoga: exercise the mind and body! (via youtube)
- Looking after yourself and nature: this site from the Wildlife Trust has many suggested activities that encourage families to connect with nature during this unsettling time.
- Bringing the sunshine inside: similar to the above, brought to you by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.
- BAFTA Kids at Home : some ideas from Place2Be, the children's mental health charity.
- 100 non-screen activities for home
Additional resources for parents/carers:
- Well-being guidebook: let's start an epidemic of happiness!
- NCC Feelings workbook
- NCC Happiness workbook
- Childline: 10 tips on coping with the lockdown
- Save the Children: the children's charity have opened a site with advice and information to access during the coronavirus lockdown. It also includes some lovely video clips of children doing various activities during lockdown (like making dens and pompoms!).
- Coronavirus: A Book for Children: a free digital book, illustrated by Alex Scheffler. Highly informative.
- Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus: a short illustrated booklet written by Molly Watts, a nurse from Southampton, to read with children and help offer some reassurance.
- Supporting children with worries about COVID-19: a booklet produced by the Universities of Oxford and Reading
- NSPCC coronavirus support and resources
- A Parents' Guide from Place2Be: looking after your family's mental health while staying at home.
- 5 Ways to Wellbeing at Home