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Coronavirus- Useful resources for parents/carers, children and young people

We have compiled some resources which you may find useful, including how you can speak to children about coronavirus , educational activities and more. 

'Looking after yourself, looking after your children' is a very useful resource pack put together by Wiltshire Council covering an array of activities, tips on self care etc. 

The British Psychological Society have produced a guide for advice around 'school closures for parents/carers and childcare providers' 

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists have produced a useful guide for parents to prepare their children for returning to school

The NHS have provided this helpful visual on when to take your child to A&E or call your GP- View this resource

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have also produced further guidance for parents/carers on what to do what to do when your child is unwell or injured during this time- View this resource

Staying well at home - A resource produced by Central London Community Healthcare Trust with tips to guide you through your child's day. 

You can find information in other languages on the Ealing website.

You can access further resources below- we will continue to update this page with resources which may be useful. 

Talking about coronavirus

Looking after yourself, looking after your children- A useful document put together by Wiltshire Council, outlining how to speak to your children about coronavirus, example timetables to stick to a routine, activities and more. 

Talking to your children about coronavirus- The British Psychological Society have put together some tips on speaking to your children about coronavirus.  

Young Minds- Talking to your children about coronavirus and top tips.

COVIBOOK (Multi Language)- Downloadable book for parents of children under 7 about coronarvirus. Available in multiple languages. 

Doctors of the world (Multi Language)- Information on coronavirus available in multiple languages, produced with British Red Cross. 

Place2Be- Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children

How to talk to children about coronavirus- Produced by University of Sussex, and Sussex Partnership NHS Trust. Useful questions and answers.

Dave the dog is worried about coronavirus- Downloadable book which can be used to help with discussions around coronavirus.

SignHealth- Videos explaining coronavirus in sign language.

Pandemics and the coronavirus- A social story produced by Carol Gray for children and young people.

Preparing for COVID-19 in a trauma informed way- Advice for parents/carers 

Children's guide to coronavirus- child friendly information on coronavirus with enaging imagery

Coronavirus book (school age) - This free illustrated book explains the coronavirus to school aged children. It has been illustrated by the Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler and the book has been written in collaboration with Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, two head teachers and a child psychologist.

Everybody Worries- A picture book for children who are worried about coronavirus.

Activities and learning resources

Five ways to keep your kids learning at home (BBC Bitesize)  - Article with tips on keeping children learning at home 

Interactive learning tools and games

BBC Live Lessons-  Interactive live lessons 

BBC BitesizeDesigned for student use, access learning resources from primary age up to post 16.

BBC Bitesize Revision app for 14- 16yr olds- Access revision flash cards on your mobile or tablet device. 

Seneca Learning- Free revision tools

STEM Learning- Free resources for home learning, for primary and secondary. 

Twinkl- Access free home learning and school closure packs

Blockly Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Kitchen Science- Collection of science activities that you can do from home- produced by Science Museum

MathsChase-  Games to test your times tables (primary school age) 

TopMarks- Interactive educational resources for primary and secondary age.

Primary Resources-  Access flash cards, interactive resources and more. Targeted at primary age. 

Oak National Academy - Online classroom and resource hub covering various subject areas

Fender Play- Three months free online guitar lessons 

Amazon Future Engineer (free virtual coding programme)-  Available for students, teachers and parents for two months from 3 April to 3 June 2020, these resources cater for students aged 12 to 17 to help build computer science skills for students learning at home.


Free audio books-  Audible are now hosting free audio books for children- in over six languages. 

Virtual Tours

Museum of the World- A virtual tour of the British Museum 

Virtual Museum- The National History Museum have 12 different ways you can explore the musuem from home

Resource packs 

Easter Holiday Activities Newsletter - Produced by the Ealing School Parnership and Enrichment team, sent out to primary schools. Includes tons of activities, websites, and tips on creating a suitable home learning environment. 

For under 5's

HungryLittleMinds-  Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five

Change4Life-  Activities and games to help keep fit

Cbeebies Radio- Listening activites for children including a routine poem.

Online weekly timetable - exercise, learn, cook and more

Aimed at children but suitable for all!  You can click into each link to be taken to a video or interactive lesson. 

9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks

10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman

11.00am - English with David Walliams

12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) 

1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass

1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel 

2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days)

4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri)

4:00pm Geography with Ben Fogle adventurer this will move to youtube in the next few days

Staying healthy (exercise and nutrition)

Staying healthy - Information for parents and carers including tips on staying physically active and eating well. 

Change4Life- Indoor actvities for children to keep active whilst indoors, healthy recipes and more.

#StayinWorkOut - Daily workout activities for young people organised by the London Youth Programme to support young people’s physical and mental wellbeing

Cosmic Kids- Youtube channel with yoga sessions for children (and the whole family)every Saturday. 

P.E With Joe Wicks- Youtube channel with daily P.E sessions 

Keeping children safe

CAPT (Child Accident Prevention Trust) have produced a downloadable parent pack for essential advice on keeping your children safe during lockdown and beyond. Find out more 

View our internet safety section below for keeping children and young people safe online. 

Internet safety for children & young people of all ages

How to support your child at home- Tips on how you can support children at home now that they may be using the internet more frequently; with short videos for children of all ages to watch that tell them what to look out for in terms of any danger they may encounter on the internet and what to do about it.

Home activity worksheets- Updated fortnightly, these activity packs provide 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online. For ages 4+

Keeping children happy and safe online- Childnet have produced useful resources and tools that you as a parent or carer can use to help ensure your child is safe and happy online. Includes online activities for children aged 3 -18 yrs. 

Parent online safety support - Ealing Council have produced a useful resource to warn parents of the dangers that children face online and key tips of how to help children access the internet safely.

SEND resources

Online sessions

Royal Society for Blind Children- Live Life Go Further

All sessions are password protected and moderated by RSBC staff, so are a fun, safe place for visually impaired young people to connect. Sessions are held via Zoom and  include Assistive Tech, morning workouts and more.

To register your interest for virtual sessions or have any questions please contact 

Services in Ealing

The below services will also be offering online sessions for parents/carers via zoom. Please visit our events page or click directly into their service below for upcoming events and more information.

Easy Read Guides

Mencap- Easy Read Guide to Coronavirus

Easy Read- Easy Read guidance on coronavirus based on advice by Public Health England

Downs Syndrome Associatation- Easy read guide to coronavirus

Photosymbols easy read- Coronavirus poster 

Council for Disabled Children- CODID-19 support and guidance

Supporting Learning has released guidance for parents/carers looking after children with special educational needs and disabilities.  You can access SEND specific resources for learning at home and online education resources. Find out more 

Social Stories

Coronavirus Social Story- Printable social story resource produced by the Autism Educator

When anxiety feels overwhelming- A social story with helpful suggestions on managing anxiety. 

The story of the oyster and the butterfly: the coronavirus and me 

Pandemics and the coronavirus- A social story produced by Carol Gray for children and young people.

Handwashing social story- A social story video to help your child with washing their hands. 

Seeing other people wearing masks- A social story produced by Autism Little Learners 


Makaton Wash Hands-  Video using makaton to wash hands.

Makaton- Coronavirus - Video explaining coronavirus using makaton and images. 

Supporting neurodiverse children during self isolation safety at home, structure and routines and looking after you. 

Health and wellbeing 

WellChild- Ten ways to keep my child with complex health needs safe. 

Carers UK- Tips on looking after yourself and those you care for. 

Resource packs

Learning Disability and Autism resouce pack - produced by NHS England and NHS Learning Improvement, includes easy read guides and e-learning resources.

Supporting children with LD and ASD during COVID-19 Isolation- Tips on routines, motor activities, and ideas for fun indoor activities. 

Auditory Verbal- Activity worksheets for under 5s

See below dropdown below for an interactive resource pack compiled by the Early Start SEND Inclusion team- includes visual tools, makaton and movement activities. 

Further Information 

Coronavirus FAQ's- For parents/carers of children / young people with complex health needs.

Amaze  information on coronavirus for parents/carers of children with SEND. Includes FAQ's and some useful links.

National Autistic Society- Guidance and helpline for parents/carers,young people and staff. 

Open Letter- Vicky Ford MP the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, has written an open letter to children and young people with SEND, their parents/carers and families, and all who support them.

National Deaf Children's Society (NCDS)- Support for deaf children during COVID-19 , including a help line.

SignHealth- Videos explaining coronavirus in sign language.

Coronavirus- and helping children with Autism (podcast)- A podcast for parents that discusses issues that may arise for autistic children including the disruption of closing schools, anxiety and obsessive behaviours. They focus on practical tips like how to help manage anxiety, maintain structure and support and explain the situation to young people. Additionally, tips on how to keep well as a parent and reliable sources for coronavirus updates.

The Ealing Speech and Language Therapy service is part of ESCAN and works with children aged 0 – 18 years who have speech, language, communication and feeding difficulties. The team have launched a new facebook page they will be posting facts, tips and information every day. Follow their page here

Hidden Disabilities - Lanyard to advise others if you have a hidden disability recognised by Tesco, Sainsburys and other companies. 

SEND resources (Autism specific)

Autism, Anxiety and CoronavirusAutism East Midlands have prepared a guide on how to help Autistic adults and children during the outbreak

Advice for parents and children with ASD- Autism and coronavirus advice for parents around routines, speaking to children about coronavirus and more

ASD and Challenging behaviour strategies- Useful links to strategies and interventions to support children with ASD and challenging behaviours.

National Autism Society - Preparing for change - Useful strategies to support children with ASD going through change.

Early Start SEND Inclusion Team Interactive Resource Pack

Sensory Impairment Resources

Sensory Impairment Service Newsletter

The Sensory Impairment Service now have a newsletter which includes resources that can be accessed from school or home that may help your child with remote learning. Whilst the resources can be used by anyone some of them are designed specifically with children with sensory impairment in mind.  

Mental health and wellbeing (adults)

Understandably, you may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating. You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people. The NHS has a list of free helplines and organisations that can support you with your mental health and welllbeing.

Young Minds- Looking after your mental health-  Tips on looking after your mental health if you are self isolating 

Looking after yourself, looking after your children- A useful document put together by Wiltshire Council, outlining how to speak to your children about coronavirus, example timetables to stick to a routine, activities and more. 

How to cope if you're feeling anxious- Coronavirus anxiety: how to cope if you’re feeling anxious about the outbreak by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Supporting parents and carers through disruption (video)- Produced by Anna Freud National Centre For Children and Families. Provides guidance to parents and carers about how they can help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing during any disruption caused by the Coronavirus.

Mind Charity- Coronavirus and your wellbeing-  Includes practical advice on staying at home and taking care of your mental health and wellbeing

OCD & AnxietyOCD UK have produced a survival guide for those with OCD that are suffering with anxiety during the outbreak.

NHS OneYou- Every Mind Matters-  Things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home. 

Gov.UK Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance produced by the government covering what can help your mental health and wellbeing, managing panic and anxiety and support for groups with specific mental health needs.

Coronavirus and protecting your mental health- The Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) Trust have produced a guide for parents on looking after mental health, including talking to your children, staying connected and  managing stress. 

If you would like to speak to someone, please visit NHS recommended helplines. 

Rockpool have produced five factsheets for parents and practitioners with the aim of providing information by using trauma awareness about children's and adults emotional behaviour. View each factsheet below: 

Mental health and wellbeing (young people)

The Ealing Mental Health Support Team have prepared 'Wellbeing & Support During COVID-19' handbooks for pupils and parents. You can find tips to support wellbeing, links to activities and further support.   You can access the relevant resource below

Anxious about Coronavirus - Young Minds have produced a page with tips and information for teenagers who are anxious about COVID-19

How Teens can manage anxietySupporting Teenage Mental Health have written a guide with helpful advice on how teenagers suffering from anxiety over the outbreak can help manage their emotions.

Looking after your mental health at home- Paula Nagel, Place2Be's Principal Educational Psychologist, suggests some ways that you can look after your children’s, and your own, mental health and wellbeing at this unsettling time.

Young Minds- Looking after your mental health-  Tips on looking after your mental health if you are self isolating 

Rockpool have produced five factsheets for parents and practitioners with the aim of providing information by using trauma awareness about children's and adults emotional behaviour. View each factsheet below: 

Parenting Programmes & Courses

Ealing Parenting Service are offering the Triple P Parenting Programme online for free to Ealing parents and carers, for children of all ages. This programme is usually offered through professional referals but Ealing has secured a number of free and open access spaces (on a first come first served basis) for Ealing families.

Ealing Parenting Service is also offering different themed workshops and courses online for parents wanting to better communicate with their children and support their development and wellbeing, deal with challenging behaviour and more.

Visit the Ealing Parenting Service page for more information and to access the Triple P online programme.

Parent Gym have developed a new 'parenting through uncertainty' Facebook page. The page offers online parenting support and a chance to share tips and stories with other parents. Join Parent Gym Facebook Group 

Parentgym have also developed some e-workouts, which are completely free and take only a few minutes to do on your phone, tablet or laptop, please visit

To find out about all other parenting programmes in Ealing click here.


A number of organisations have set up specific support for families who have been affected by coronavirus.  To find out more about these services and access further resources please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) Bereavement resources and support page

Support for children, young people and families in Ealing

Please visit our 'Updates to services and support page' to access the most up to date information on changes to services and support during this time, including SEND services, food banks and food collections, financial support and children centres services.


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