Whether you're away from school or one of the staff covering children of keyworkers, we're sharing with you resources and guidance about how we can continue to support children's (and your own) emotional health amidst the uncertainty we all face because of COVID-19.
We've brought together evidence-informed guidance and tips, and we'll keep adding to this as things develop, so keep an eye out for new posts.
Our focus is on supporting children's mental wellbeing when many are feeling anxious or confused. And there will be strategies that are useful for us all to work into our new 'normal'.
Staying safe online during school closures
CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection - have created a package to help you support children and families during COVID-19 school closures, online safety at home.
There are separate packs for children of different ages. We've sign-posted to these on our Help For Parents page, alongside free SCARF online safety resources. Please share this information directly with parents.
Find out more about SCARF here.
Look after yourself
Good mental health starts with looking after ourselves, so that we can better help others.
Here's some useful advice on how to do this from the charity Mind.
Looking after children's emotional health at this time
Harold's Daily Diary our loveable giraffe mascot, Happy, Healthy Harold's daily support for all children - whether they've met him in our LifeBus and LifeSpace work or not. Harold is giving daily ideas for keeping well - physically and emotionally - as schools are closed.
Answering children's questions and helping with anxiety
For those of you still working in schools, or sending information out to parents, here are some tips on how to talk to children about coronavirus and minimise anxiety:
Keep it simple - tips from the BBC website.
Supporting children and young people with anxiety from the TES website.
Kiddle is a useful, safe source of information for children.
Many of you are extremly busy, keeping children safe at school, supporting the vital work of keyworker parents and carers - and being part of that workforce.
We've now also received requests for some SCARF resources to add to your home-learning packs. And many of you have expressed an interest interest in our free training and briefings offer. Find our more about both these offers, below:
SCARF and home-learning packs
We're adapting some of our SCARF lesson plans for you to add to your home learning packs. These family-friendly plans will focus on children's mental and physical wellbeing.
Free training and briefings for teachers
We're keen to help SCARF schools by delivering deliver free, virtual training for individual teachers or small groups.
Here's what's on the menu for you to choose from:
If you're interested in subscribing to SCARF or would like our free sample lesson plans then just contact us.