This website has been created as a free resource for families who are supporting children at home during the Coronavirus pandemic.
It aims to provide support, information and ideas to help to support you and your child through this difficult time.
We will be continually updating this website and putting more information on during this period.
In association with all Learners Trust Schools
We do not support or promote any of the information provided. It is for information purposes only. We hope that it will help.
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Message from The Learners Trust
Looking After Your Child and Each Other
Whatever your circumstance, it is inevitable that both you and your children will be feeling unsettled due to the changes to normal life. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our tension and anxiety. They (and we) have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off school might sound awesome, they will still be feeling some mixed emotions, particularly about not seeing friends and the change to their routine.
Over the coming weeks, you may see some changes in behaviour with your children as a result. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally, it may happen. You may also see more meltdowns and tantrums in the coming weeks: This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
What children need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. The most important thing is that you let them know how loved they are. If you can, play outside or go on a walk. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in this boat and they all will be OK. When they are back at school, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Over the coming weeks, your children’s mental health will be more important than their academic skills. If we can help them to feel loved, this is what will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during the next few weeks is long gone.
Your Children’s Learning
As stated above, your child’s wellbeing is our primary concern at the moment. However we would like to offer suggestions of things that the children could do at home while they are not in school, and trying to maintain some kind of routine with them will actually often help children to feel settled. School work will be sent home and we have developed this website to help and support you whilst you are at home, to keep your children occupied and happy at this very confusing time.
We also understand that many parents will be trying to juggle looking after more than one child, working from home, and may be caring for other relatives, and that the children’s learning may not be a priority in these very trying times. There is also an issue in that many households will have one computer, and may have a parent needing it for work, a secondary school pupil wanting it for school and a primary aged pupil trying to access our website. We are therefore not insisting that school work is completed and submitted, but trust that you will recognise the importance of supporting your child over the coming weeks and months.
Try to find a balance at home; I know that you will support your children as much as you can, but please don’t let this become another source of stress in an already stressful time.
If you are struggling and need support, then please decide who is the best person to call. If you are having issues with you or your child’s health, the current advice is to use the www.111.nhs.uk website. If your emergency relates to a safeguarding issue, please call social care on 01332 641172.
look after yourselves and your families
The Learners Trust