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Wellbeing

Wellbeing

The following resources could be used to support the wellbeing of children and adults.

NEW: Book of Hopes - "The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown" A collection of poems and short stories from some of the world's best children's authors.

Explaining the coronavirus to young children

It can be difficult to explain why we have to stay indoors, wash our hands for 20 seconds and why some people we know are getting sick. There's an increasing number of resources you can access, for free, to help you to explain the coronavirus and social distancing to children.

#COVIBOOK Author Manuela Molina has created a book for children aged 7 and under. As the author explains, "I have created this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation." This book is available to download in several languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic and other languages too. Download it for FREE here: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables 

Nosy Crow have produced a FREE book for adults to read to their children, to help explain what the virus is and how to stay safe. The book was made with expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and has been illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This downloadable book is written in child-friendly language and will help to answer many questions children may have. You can download it for free here from the Nosy Crow website: https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus_INSwith-cover.pdf  

Children's Commissioner's Guide to Coronavirus - is free to download. "The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home." Download the guide below, or from the Children's Commissioner's website here.

Mental Health Support for Children and Young People

We have created a dedicated page with resources to support children during this time. Visit www.cambslearntogether.co.uk/home-learning/wellbeing/cyp

There you will find links to websites with services to help if you are having any emotional or physical problems.

Resources to Support Wellbeing at Home

Strengthening Minds - Strengthening Minds, a london-based organisation that supports the wellbeing of children and their families has created an excellent resource called The Strengthening Minds Guide to Staying Home... In Style. This free, downloadable activity pack contains information, games and activities, for families, children, teenagers and there's a section on mindfulness and wellbeing. It's definitely worth checking out. Download it from the Strengthening Minds website or from the resources section below.

Nuffield Health - Keeping a journal and doing daily exercise can help us to look after our wellbeing. You can download a free Wellbeing Journal and take part in some 15-minute exercises, created by Nuffield Health here www.nuffieldhealth.com/kidswellbeing

Spread the Happiness - Singing and dancing are also a great way to help us feel happy. Spread The Happiness have shared their Nursery Rhymes and Dough Disco videos for free, here: https://www.spreadthehappiness.co.uk/free-tv-happy-links/

Cosmic Kids - Yoga and Meditation can help children to relax and stay calm. Cosmic Kids Yoga channel on YouTube has free videos aimed at children aged 3+.

iMoves - iMovement is a collection of resources including physical activities to help children and adults to stay active and to look after their wellbeing. You will find short 'Active Blasts' (10 minute work outs) to Yoga and mindfulness resources.  

PSHE Activities

PSHE Challenges - Cambridgeshire PSHE Service have created some PSHE challenges, here: https://www.cambslearntogether.co.uk/home-learning/challenges which you can use as conversation starters as a family when talking about how the coronavirus has impacted our lives in different ways and how it will be remembered in the future.

The PSHE Association has created a guide for parents and carers who are educating children at home. You can download the pack here: https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/guide-parents-and-carers-educating-children-home

Their website also contains a 'coronavirus hub' which they are adding content to regularly. https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/content/coronavirus-hub 

Please note that some of the content, such as "The Sleep Factor" is currently only available to members.

PSHE Lesson Online

BBC Live Lessons - Wellbeing 'Live Lesson' from the BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/growth-mindset-and-wellbeing-lesson/z4g4382

Useful websites for Parents and Carers

Setting up a successful home learning environment and creating a routine can be challenging. Here you can find an article written by teachers, sharing their tips about creating a timetable for learning at home:www.theschoolrun.com/home-learning-timetables-for-coronavirus-school-closures 

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has a wealth of resources to support parents and children with self-care, including advice about goal-setting, stress release, distraction techniques, self-talk and many more things you can do if you're feeling worried, low or anxious.

Exercise for Adults

If you find online videos helpful for exercising at home, why not visit  https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/move-more/home-workout-videos/ as a starting point.

If you have limited mobility, or if you are new to home exercise, you could consider using one of these chair-based exercises here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/sitting-exercises/

Further support for parents online

Here are some more websites that you might find helpful for supporting children when schools are closed:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

http://www.safeguardingcambspeterborough.org.uk/children-board/parents-carers/

https://www.keep-your-head.com/cyp

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

https://www.minded.org.uk/

https://emergingminds.org.uk/emerging-minds-covid-19-webinar-series/

Resources for Schools

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has created two useful guides for schools and colleges:

  • https://www.annafreud.org/media/11160/supporting-schools-and-colleges.pdf 
  • https://www.annafreud.org/media/11727/managing-transition-back-to-school-jun2020.pdf

This second document, 'Managing the transition back to school', provides suggested routines and gives consideration to how we can help children and their families in this phase of schools reopening.

Resources to Support Wellbeing

Child-Friendly Guide to COVID 19
Size: 1.48MBFile format: pdf
Strengthening Minds Guide
Size: 2.59MBFile format: pdf
SEND Pinpoint Can Help (flyer)
Size: 121KBFile format: pdf
Wellbeing tips for schools
Size: 130KBFile format: pdf
cco-childrens-guide-to-coronavirus
Size: 1.06MBFile format: pdf

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