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Home Learning - Talking about Coronavirus/Covid 19 with Children 

The World Health Organisation Advice is that you should discuss COVID-19 with your children in an honest and age appropriate way. On this page we have gathered some resources that may help you with this.

last updated 19th June 

 

Using Makaton to Support Explanations

File icon: mp4 Social Distancing Makaton Signed [mp4 6MB] Click to download
Miss Smith and Mrs Clarke
File icon: pdf Explaining Social Distancing with Makaton [pdf 1MB] Click to download

Coronavirus Books for Children

Reassuring but honest online books suitable for children in our school . We have included both so you can choose the one to suit your child.

File icon: pdf Dave the Dog A Coronavirus Story [pdf 7MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Cornonavirus book illustrated by Axel Scheffler [pdf 7MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Coronavirus-A-Book-for-Children.pdf [pdf 7MB] Click to download
This book is a simple social story
File icon: pdf Covid 19 Information for Children [pdf 1MB] Click to download

External Link Icon Oxford Owl - Everybody Worries
An online book about worries that is very suitable for infant children who are feeling anxious

UNICEF Story for Children and Families

Children's  Commissioner - Guide to Coronavirus 

File icon: pdf cco-childrens-guide-to-coronavirus.pdf [pdf 1MB] Click to download

World Health Organisation Advice

18. Help children find positive ways to express feelings such as fear and sadness.

Every child has their own way to express emotions. Sometimes engaging in a creative activity, such as playing, and drawing can facilitate this process. Children feel relieved if they can express and communicate their feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

19. Keep children close to their parents and family, if considered safe for the child, and avoid separating children and their caregivers as much as possible. If a child needs to be separated from their primary caregiver, ensure that appropriate alternative care is provided and that a social worker, or equivalent, will regularly follow up on the child. Further, ensure that during periods of separation, regular contact with parents and caregivers is maintained, such as twice-daily scheduled phone or video calls or other age-appropriate communication (e.g., social media depending on the age of the child).

20. Maintain familiar routines in daily life as much as possible, or create new routines, especially if children must stay at home. Provide engaging age appropriate activities for children, including activities for their learning. As much as possible, encourage children to continue to play and socialize with others, even if only within the family when advised to restrict social contract.

21. During times of stress and crisis, it is common for children to seek more attachment and be more demanding on parents. Discuss COVID-19 with your children using honest and ageappropriate way. If your children have concerns, addressing those together may ease their anxiety. Children will observe adults’ behaviors and emotions for cues on how to manage their own emotions during difficult times.

File icon: pdf World Health Organisation- mental-health-considerations.pdf [pdf 627KB] Click to download

Unicef Advice

External Link Icon Unicef Advice for Families
lots of emotional and physical health tips and a story for children