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Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm

This is new guidance that brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and signposts you to help and support available. (added on 29 June)

SSBC Healthy Start Voucher - Pregnant? Children under four? Don’t miss out - apply for Healthy Start vouchers. Worth up to £6.20 per week to spend on milk, fruit and veg,  (criteria applies, available across the city) 

The National Literacy Trust - The National Literacy Trust have put together some Back-to-school tips to support families as they prepare their children to return to school and nursery. This may be something settings and providers would find useful  to share with their families.

Lullaby Trust - updates on safer sleep, support and guidance for parents and professionals

Families Information Service - Can offer support and guidance to families of vulnerable children, including those working with vulnerable children, and children of critical workers who are seeking childcare provision during the COVID 19 pandemic.  The Families Information Service can be contacted on 0800 458 4114, 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday or contacted via email at   In addition, the Ask Lion website can be used to search for available childcare provision by following this link - Childcare Webpage 

Useful Contacts  - This document contains all useful contacts from Ofsted, to Children and Families Direct etc.

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Learn at Home 

  • Updated guidance on keeping children safe online

    This may be useful information to share with parents, particularly those who have older children who may be accessing apps and the internet with their parents’ supervision.

    This has been updated with new information on apps to help children stay safe online, including  Own It. Which is an app and a website that has been developed by the BBC. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. (added on 26 June)

  • Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (added on 22 June)
  • The National Literacy Trust - have put together some Back-to-school tips to support families as they prepare their children to return to school and nursery. This may be something settings and providers would find useful to share with their families. (added on 15 June)

  • Space related educational resources for home schooling  -The UK Space Agency has published a collection of space related educational resources that schools, parents and carers can use when teaching their children at home. The resources are available here:

  • Coronavirus a book for children 
  • The Foundation Years - with the Hungry Little Minds Update (added on 20 April)
  • DfE Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19) - The DfE have produced some guidance for parents of 2-4 year olds, for them to help their children learn at home during the coronavirus. This may have some useful ideas which you could share with parents. This guidance links with the ‘Hungry Little Minds’ campaign which is aimed at supporting parents with 0-5 year olds. (added on 22 April)

  • Read On Nottingham –Literacy Hub - They have created a Facebook page which has been created to support families in Nottingham. On the page they will share resources, literacy tips and local news. (added on 23 April)

  • National Literacy Trust – Family Zone - This is a website that has been set up by the National Literacy Trust. It is full of free activities to keep children busy at home whilst also benefiting their language development. There is a section aimed at 0 -4’s (added on 23 April)

  • The Skills Toolkit - the government have produced an online learning platform to boost workplace skills. The platform signposts to free, high quality digital and numeracy courses to help build skills. (added on 28 April)
  • DAISI Team at Nottingham City - the DAISI Team at Nottingham City have tried to put them all in one place and have created a list of quick links for use a home during the lockdown. It contains ideas for baking, crafts, free Colouring sheets, music and dance, reading, theatre, museums, tours of the world and much more, there are links for all ages. (added on 29 April) 



Insight Timer is a meditation site that is free to use. There are guided meditations (including some for children), music to help you to relax, podcasts and courses all aimed at supporting well-being. 

The Happy Place is a podcast by Fearne Cotton, she interviews people and discusses topics including anxiety, depression and how to overcome the. She is also hosting a ‘Happy Place Virtual Festival’, which finishes 12th Click here for further information

Early Years TV - In the next few weeks Early Years TV   will be putting the focus on children's and adult's wellbeing. The following topics will soon be available as short TV sessions, for a full week, for free on the Early Years TV website. They can be accessed  at any time and may support leaders and practitioners to reflect on their practice as well as provide some useful ideas and activities.

Topics covered:

  • Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play - great for the baby and toddler room
  • Risk, Resilience and Relationships - how children's behaviour will be telling us how they are feeling and how important genuine, authentic relationships are in supporting children
  • Key Leadership skills - including some practical strategies and scripts for having difficult conversations with staff
  • How the changes in working practices are having a very positive effect in many settings
  • Sue Hartley and Katie Brennan from Yoginisyoga return to explain how mindfulness and yoga can be so helpful, especially during difficult and stressful times (added on 29 June)

Supporting children to talk about feelings and experiences, including what they might know about the coronavirus pandemic has become an even more crucial part of practitioner’s role. The link below will take you to an online picture book aimed at supporting conversations around worries. (added on 26 June)

The Book Trust have also produced a useful list of books that focus on supporting children to explore their worries. The topics covered include reassurance, mindfulness and relaxing. (added on 26 June)

Supporting Children’s Wellbeing - Helping children to understand their own feelings during this time of change, in many cases will be the focus of our teaching and learning practices. The following link provides some useful information to share with teams on how to use playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE) to support children to make sense of and manage their emotions, thoughts and behaviour. PACE are seen as important qualities that are helpful when creating emotional safety and when trying to stay open and engaged. (added on 23 June)

How to Approach Separation Anxiety as we reopen child care and 9 Ideas for an Easier Transition 

As we begin to welcome more families back, we will start to gain a better understanding of the different ways children have experienced the last few months, and the range of behaviours that this may present. Considering separation anxiety and attachment theory may provide a useful lens through which to plan some of the support and considerations our children and families may need. How to Approach Separation Anxiety as we reopen child care and 9 Ideas for an Easier Transition are both useful articles that help provide an insight into how children may be feeling, how our responses can help, as well as some practical ideas that staff teams can implement straight away. Both articles can be accessed by following the links below. (added on 22 June)

The Anna Freud National Centre For Children and Families have produced a useful guide to support the sector during these times. The document ‘How can early years workers help children manage the transition back to nursery?’ is  a useful tool in supporting  the early years workforce to consider how children’s  experiences over the past months will have affected them, and what impact this may have on their transition back into childcare.  It considers some of the challenges faced by babies and young children during the Coronavirus crisis and the significant changes that they will have faced. The document unpicks dome of the feelings and emotions children will have experienced and how this may affect their behaviour, it goes on to suggest useful actions and ideas that may support families and young children during this time of transition. (added on 19 June)

Mind As we begin to move into the next phase of COVID -19, this may be a timely moment to reflect on wellbeing, our own, that of our teams and the children and families we care for. Mind, a mental health charity, have set out 5 ways to wellbeing which you, your teams and families may find useful. (added on 19 June)



How is Nottingham City Educational Psychology Service supporting settings, parents, children and young people during the Coronavirus Outbreak?  

Information for parents during the Coronavirus Outbreak 


For parents and carers using out of school:


For parents and carers using early years provision and school in autumn term: