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Exercise, mental health and wellbeing
- imoves: Home learning resources to help young people stay focused, active and mentally healthy. Primary-age: https://imoves.com/the-imovement
- Ketka: Audio experiences to promote good mental health and wellbeing, social and emotional growth: https://ketka.co.uk/
- Young Minds UK: Offers advice, information and blogs on promoting good mental health during times of isolation and lockdown: https://youngminds.org.uk/
Specific coronavirus advice/teaching
- Covid-19 anxiety: SecEd author Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers support for mental health and wellbeing via her YouTube channel, including a recent post on ways to guard good mental health in light of the coronavirus outbreak: https://bit.ly/2wxCAMO
- Elsa Support: A coronavirus story for children: www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children
- Little Puddins: A coronavirus story aimed at students with autism/SEN by Amanda McGuiness: https://littlepuddins.ie/coronavirus-social-story/
- Just For Kids: A comic exploring the coronavirus, based on a radio story from NPR education reporter Cory Turner: https://n.pr/3dssaOW
- Public Health England: A range of resources to promote good hand and respiratory hygiene. Key stages 1 to 3: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools
Staying safe online
- Keeping children safe online for parents and children: coronavirus.lgfl.net/safeguarding
- Talking to your child: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety/
- Live streaming and online videos: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/livestreaming-online-video-apps/
- Inappropriate content: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/inappropriate-explicit-content/
- Online games: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-games/
Caring for Pets
- Various Classrooms and resources from Blue Cross (see downloads at bottom of page)
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
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.