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COVID Support

This is a difficult time for everybody but what can make it harder for parents, is not knowing how to support your child through this crisis at an age appropriate level.  We have put on a few links below that may help to support you and your family.  Please contact us if you need more specific support.  We can all get through this together. 


The NHS have put together a leaflet to support with mental health during lockdown.  Remember to look after your own mental health as well as your children's mental health.

 NHS mental health guide - FINAL.pdfDownload
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Day of reflection (Marie Curie)

It seems incredible that next week marks 12 months since the announcement of the very first “lockdown”. I don’t think any of us appreciated the scale and enormity of the impact it would have on our lives. This is the time to reflect on the sadness that so many have experienced and continue to experience having lost loved ones or have had their physical or mental health affected by the pandemic. We need each other more than ever.

It is important that we commemorate this tragic loss of life by coming together to remember them. To reflect on the past 12 months, we are asking you to participate in Marie Curie's national day of reflection with a minute's silence at 12 noon on 23 March. The day of reflection<> allows us to reflect on our own experiences, remember those who have lost their lives and look ahead to a brighter tomorrow.

We also encourage you to light a candle at 8pm on 23 March in memory of those who have passed away due to COVID-19 and to show support and heartfelt sympathy to those who are grieving.

You can find out about other ways of marking the day by visiting Marie Curie's website<>.

Useful information for home, you need further support, please get in contact with school.

Here are some lovely well being and activity booklets for all age groups: 

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Ollee App

Ollee is a digital friend for children aged 8-11 funded by BBC Children in Need’s A Million & Me initiative, which aims to make a difference to children’s emotional wellbeing. Ollee is created by Parent Zone.

Ollee aims to help children reflect on how they feel and to process their experiences with the support and help of their parents and carers, offering advice and support they can also store for later.


How do I view Ollee’s advice?

Start by choosing between Child or Adult, to make sure you see the right advice.

Next, select the subject you want to talk about. You can choose between School, Friends, Family, Body, World and Internet.

Then choose the emotion that matches how you feel – either Happy, Sad, Angry, Frustrated, Confused, Worried or Stressed.

Drag the slider to tell Ollee how strongly you feel about the subject, then pick the topic you want to talk about.

Finally, you’ll see a page of helpful advice. Scroll down to read it all.


In this difficult time, it is important to remember that we need to look after the mental health of everyone in the family.  You may be going to work, working from home or/and home schooling.  This can make your days busy and you may start to feel adverse effects to the pressures of lockdown.  We have put together some website below that you can access to try and help your through this difficult period and beyond.  Please get in touch if you need support and we will do our best to help.

Please find some guidance for parents during this difficult time in the document below, you can also click here for further resources for mental health etc.

This is a specialised website with a whole host of help for parents such as online safety, parents guides and health and well being. Click on the above picture for further information. 

Please see the link below for guidance on using PPE.

Using PPE

 Completed RA 25.05.21.pdfDownload
 COVID Advice for parents booklet.docxDownload
 COVID19 Guide for Parents- Oct 2020.pdfDownload
 letter to parents June.pdfDownload
 nursery return letter.pdfDownload
 returning phases letter.pdfDownload
 Talking Therapies Workshop Brochure - 2020_2021 (1) (1).pdfDownload
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Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are usually mild, but some people can become very unwell.

Main symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature– this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough– this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste– this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

Urgent advice:Use the 111 online coronavirus service if you have any of:

  • high temperature
  • new, continuous cough
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

111 will tell you what to do and help you get a test if you need one.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service(click)

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

Babies and children

Call 111 if you're worried about a baby or child under 5.

If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.

Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.

Get more advice about coronavirus in children.

Staying at home if you have symptoms (self-isolation)

If your symptoms are mild you must not to leave your home. This is called self-isolation.

  • Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for 7 days from when their symptoms started.
  • Anyone who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days from when the first person in your home started having symptoms.

Read more about when to self-isolate and what to do.

 cco-childrens-guide-to-coronavirus (1).pdfDownload
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Talking to a child worried about Coronavirus 

Source: NSPCC
Date: 26 March 2020

The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about Coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control.

Read the information and advice: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)

See also on NSPCC Learning 
How to have difficult conversations with children

Books for children who are worried or anxious  

Source: NSPCC Learning

Date: 24 March 2020

The NSPCC Library and Information Service has created a reading list of books for children who are worried or anxious. Our free information service remains open, and can provide reading lists and help you to find information on safeguarding topics. Contact

View the reading list: Books for children who are worried or anxious

Supporting children and young people with their worries and anxiety

Source: Emerging Minds
Date: 26 March 2020

Emerging Minds, in collaboration with the University of Reading and the University of Oxford, has published evidence-based advice for parents and carers supporting children and young people with worries about Coronavirus. A resource list from trusted sources is also available which includes links grouped by age category and resources for children and young people with specific needs. Emerging Minds has also shared a podcast from a recent webinar on supporting children and young people with their worries and anxiety.

Read the news story: How can we best support children and young people with their worries and anxiety?
Read the advice: Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19 (PDF)
Read the resources list: Recommended resources
Listen to the podcast: How can we best support children and young people with their worries and anxiety? 

See also on NSPCC Learning 
How to have difficult conversations with children


Explaining the virus to children

What questions are your children asking? A thoughtful guide on why broaching the subject is so important.

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