British Nutrition Foundation
From March – September 2020, Food a fact of life published ‘waves’ of activities and ideas every two weeks to support remote learning.
Take a look at the wide range of activities and ideas supporting early years through to secondary pupils.
Also see Eat healthily and make mealtimes fun! for a series of cook-alongs all the family can join in with.
Communicating with children/teenagers
Your children may understandably be concerned or worried by what they see, read or hear in the news or online regarding coronavirus. As a parent or carer, it’s good to talk to them honestly and calmly about what is happening. You don’t have to have all the answers, but a gentle conversation can reassure them.
We’ve gathered some resources to help support you and your children with these conversations.
This key worker guidance and family support package has been produced to help key worker parents and carers facing the additional pressure of having difficult conversations with their children and families on their role a a key worker. The podcast and supporting information will support you to frame your conversation appropriately to the age of your children, help you choose the best time to talk with your children about your role and explain to them why you’re still working when other parents might be at home.
Resources for young children and their parents/carers
- Coronavirus story book produced by Safer Schools – a colourful pdf you can use online or print off to help facilitate a conversation with your child.
- Coronavirus activity sheet (Safer Schools) to print off and work through with your child.
- COVIBOOK is an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under and help them explain and draw the emotions they may be experiencing during the pandemic – available in a number of languages,.
- Place2Be provides helpful information to answer questions from children, including a link to a comic!
- Great Ormond Street Hospital has set up a website with good tips and activity resources for families.
And something for teenagers/university students
- FACE COVID is a brief animation in which Dr Russ Harris, author of the international best-seller The Happiness Trap, illustrates how to use ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to deal with the Corona crisis and the fear, anxiety and worry that goes with it.
- Student Minds is a website especially for those in the university community.
- YoungMinds also offers mental health help and support to teenagers coping with the frustrations of self-isolating or social distancing.
If you’re caring for someone with learning disabilities or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)