Talking to children about Coronavirus
The Children’s Commissioner has created a children’s guide to coronavirus which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people.
Children’s guide to coronavirus | Children's Commissioner for England
For very young children, the resource above will provide a useful reference for appropriate messages that adults can share when talking to children about the coronavirus.
Resources to help with anxiety for pupils and families
Worry and anxiety are common problems, and when it takes over it can become all-encompassing.
Psychology Tools have put together this free guide to help you to manage your worry and anxiety. Living with anxiety and worry
Anna Freud (National Centre for Children and Families) have recently launched Early Years in Mind, a free learning Network to specifically support early years practitioners and their families:
Early Years in Mind is a free online network for early years practitioners. The Network was developed by mental health experts and provides easy access guidance on supporting the mental health of babies, young children and their families.
You can join the free Early Years in Mind learning network today. The website offers an option to sign up for regular Newsletters too.
Early Years in Mind includes an A-Z of Common Difficulties (with supporting strategies), Coronavirus support (covering Transitions, including for babies) and a Resources section, containing a wealth of supporting documents including a practitioner’s guide to ‘Working with Children and Families on Digital Platforms’.
To support the Wellbeing and Mental Health of your staff, MIND offer a range of resources on their Mental Health at Work pages, from policy and practice ideas to improving workplace culture and a Coronavirus toolkit.
- Public Health England
- Every Mind Matters
- Carers Bucks
- Sleepio – free access to a six week online sleep improvement programme
- Action for Happiness
- Coronavirus and your money
- Minded educational resources for adults about children and young people’s mental health, which is relevant for professionals working with children, volunteers, parents and carers
- The Every Mind Matters platform, from Public Health England, about looking after your mental health