Resources for children
There are a number of different resources aimed at helping children understand the current situation. We are unable to recommend any particular resource and parents should make their own judgement about what is most appropriate for each child.
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:
Understanding social distancing
A mum has recreated some scenes and situations using Lego to help teach children about social distancing.
Understanding the need to stay at home
Oxford Owl has released a new free ebook based on the popular Winnie the Witch stories.
Dealing with worries
Additional resources for helping children understand what has been happening and manage their anxieties.
A primary school teacher from Yorkshire has written this free story to help the children in his class to come to terms with school shutdown. In the past few days, it’s been downloaded over 50,000 times and shared by hundreds of schools with their families.
Parsley Mimblewood is a home-schooled kid who sees herself as something of an expert on “How to NOT go to School”. The story follows her daily whimsical adventures along with her 11 animals and 7 imaginary friends. Each chapter explores an issue that might be weighing on children’s minds at the moment such as missing friends, dealing with emotions and feeling cooped up.
Although it was originally aimed at Year 3/4 lots of parents of different year groups throughout the country have used this book as a tool to help their families discuss emotions and well-being during this time.
A Southampton intensive care nurse has created a book to help reduce anxiety in children caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.
The free online publication, entitled Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus, has already been downloaded 15,000 times and has received plenty of positive feedback.
The book was written by Molly Watts, a staff nurse on the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Southampton Children’s Hospital, who penned it after a nightshift.
The popular author Axel Scheffler has illustrated another book for children. Click here to download the story.
If you are looking for something to help explain social distancing in a child friendly way we have found a story on Youtube.
This simple workbook is also available in many different languages and is being used by children in several different countries. Click here to download the Coronavirus workbook in English.
To support different forms of learning, Safer Schools have prepared a short animation, a story book and an activity that supports you in tackling misinformation and to help children better understand Coronavirus.
These new resources aim to be informative and reduce heightened levels of anxiety surrounding the ongoing pandemic.
Are you getting lots of questions about the Coronavirus from your child? Take a look at this fantastic Animation to ensure that everybody at home is informed and educated during these very challenging times.
Are you getting lots of questions about the Coronavirus from your child? Take a look at this informative Story Book to ensure that everybody at home is informed and educated during these very challenging times.
Are you getting lots of questions about the Coronavirus from your child? Take a look at this great Activity Pack to ensure that everybody at home is informed and educated during these very challenging times.