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Welcome to the page of resources and support available to parents and carers.

Please keep checking back as we will be regularly adding to this page.

Parents/Carers

INFORMATION

ASD Family Help - support, advice and activities for children, young people and their families with any learning disability, additonal need or autism (including siblings).

Barnado's - advice for parents and carers.  How do you talk to your child about coronavirus?  How can you keep  your children entertained whilst you're working from home?

Berkshire Maestros - Musical Summer courses and masterclasses

#Coping: Family life during the lockdown - some reliable and free sources of information and advice to help you and your family to cope under lockdown.

Coronavirus A book for children - free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

Every Mind Matters - advice for parents on looking after the mental wellbien of their child/young person.

Family Lives - coping practically and emotionally during the COVID-19 outbreak, advice for families in self isolation.

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be found here.

Guidance on helping children aged 2 to 4 learn at home can be found here. 

Guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home can be found here   

Guidance on helping children with special educational needs and disabilities learn at home can be found here.

Keeping children happy and safe online during COVID-19 – useful resources and tools to help ensure that your child is safe and happy online. 

'My Back to School Bubble' - free download which aims to help children understand the new protective measures that may be in place at their school, in an age appropriate way.

Parents: Reducing stress, neglect and non-accidental injuries during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic -where to get help and support. 

Sleep and Anxiety for parents/carers fo children and young people with SEN - a workshop for parents/carers who have children and young people with additional needs who struggle to sleep due to anxiety.  The workshop is on Tuesday 1st September, 7.00 - 9.00pm or Friday 4th September, 10.30am - 12.30pm.  This is FREE to Berkshire families.

Sleep Tips for Children and Young People (age 8+): On Demand Presentation - a 12 minute presentation for children and young people available until 31st August.

Starline - helpline for parents and carers with expert advice and information on all aspects of home learning.

Sunshine Support - helpful resources for children and young people with SEND

Supporting Your Child During The Coronavirus Pandemic - tips, advice and where to get support for your child's mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Swings and Smiles - are still able to offer services such as their virtual timetable, 121 SIBSupport or group SIBSupport through video calls (contact sibsupport@swingsandsmiles.co.uk), support by email or phone or resource packs and sensory lending library.  Contact Swings and Smiles on 01635 285170  or email office@swingsandsmiles.co.uk

The World Has Turned Upside Down - Ambitious about Autism has partnered with children's author Kes Gray and illustrator Chloe Batchelor to create a new story which explains the current crisis to children.

Thinkuknow - a resource for keeping kids safe both online and  offline. 

Transitioning Children & Young People with SEND into education at a time of upheaval - a series of 3 linked workshops for families  with children living or attending a school in Berkshire.  You will need to attend all 3 workshops via Zoom.  Workshops are being held on Wednesday 5th, 12th and 19th August, 7.00 - 8.30pm.  The cost is £15 (£5 per workshop).

 

 ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN

Activities Booklet - Here are some great ideas for young people to try.  There are games, crafts, quizzes, recipes and much more!  Please try them and let us know how you get on!

Apple - have released free ebooks for a limited time for your Apple device; click on 'Book store' and then the 'Free books' section.

ASDAN - free resources to support home learning and educating.

Audible - thousands of educational and children's audio books available completely free.

BBC Learning - This site is old and no longer updated and yet there'sso much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

BBC Teach - thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos arranged by age group and subject.

Book Trust - free online books and videos.

BrainPop - animated movies on topics in maths, science and English completely free to parents.

British Council - Resources for English language learning.

Cbeebies - various links for games that children can play.

Cbeebies Radio - Listening activities for the younger ones.

Change 4 Life - ten minute shake up activities with Disney inspired games and activities.

Children's Activity Pack - Roald Dahl's George's Marvelllous Medicine, Dr Zeuss' The Cat In The Hat and Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees' Giraffes Can't Dance

Crash Course Kids - You Tube videos on many subjects for a younger audience.

Crest Awards - Science awards you can complete from home. 

DKFindOut! - lets kid's explore subjects from coding space, history and much more.

Funbrain - education for younger children.

Futurelearn - Free virtual tours of world museums, educational sites and galleries for children.

Get Berkshire Active: Activities for Families with Children - ways to stay active with your children.

Khan Academy - Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

Mystery Science - Free science lessons.

National Geographic Kids - Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Nature Activities - 10 activities for kids to do at home.

Nature Activity Sheets - downloadable activity sheets which can be used to complete Wildlife Watch awards.

Nature Detectives - A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

Oxford Owl for Home - Lots of free resources for Primary age.

Paw Print Badges - Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Premier League Primary Stars - a range of free resources in Maths, English, Health and Wellbeing brought to you with the help of your favourite football stars.

Prodigy Maths - Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Red Ted Art - Easy arts and crafts for little ones.

Sports Activities - resources for physical activities.

Ted Ed - All sorts of engaging educational videos.

The Artful Parent - Good, free art activities.

The Daily Mile At Home - easy and fun way to keep fit and maintain good health and wellbeing for you and your children.

The Imagination Tree - Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

The Kids Should See This - Wide range of cool educational videos.

Toy Theater - Educational online games.

Twinkl - This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

Tynker - free resources and lessons to teach youg child to code, from ages 5+

West Berkshire Heritage - Free family activity sheets which can be downloaded and  completed at home.

Young Leaders at Home - resources for KS1 and KS2 focusin gon the development of leadership skills and character virtues.

Youth Sport Trust - 60 second physical activity challenges.