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Covid 19

Lockdown information and support

This page is "live" for information, and any new info is added when we get it with the date it was added.


Tips to support reading at home (5.2.21)

Guidance from DfE for schools on restricting school attendance during lockdown 3 (4.2.21)

Help to build healthy sleep habits - Sleeptown app. 4.2.21

Mindful powers for kids 4.2.21

Sesame Street: breathe/think/do 4.2.21

Headspace app 4.2.21

Dreamy kid app (especially good for children with ADD/ADHD) 4.2.21

Where to get mental health support for your child. 4.2.21

How creativity can support children's mental health. 4.2.21

Wellbeing FREE downloadable book "Happy Space" for children from www.nowandbeyond.org.uk 3.2.21

An alternative view to how harmful lockdown is to children (Sunday Times 31.1.21) Posted 2.2.21:


Tips to help your child in lockdown (2.2.21):


Looking after your own mental health as parents (1.2.21)

Anxiety tips from NHS (1,2,21)

How to explain Covid to kids (1.2.21)

How do you cope if you get ill yourself? (1.2.21)

Tips for homeschooling from workingdads.co.uk (1.2.21)

Free resources to support learning from Parent Kind (1.2.21)

Thinking Parenting Blog (1.2.21)

Storytime online. (1.2.21)

Libby is a free library app that you can get if you have a library card (1.2.21)

EPIC is another reading site which apparently is free between the hours of 7am and 4pm (1.2.21)

Open for Parents support website (1.2.21)

55 positive things to say to your child (1.2.21):


List of eligible families for in-school provision. (6.1.21)

Parent wellbeing toolkit (27.11.20)


Click here for the latest news from the Department for Education (updated daily).

Click here to go the parents' forum page 



Covid19: implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

Video about the virus, lockdown and returning to school. 



Staff video for the children:



Here are our suggestions for home learning:


Click here to go to our online e-safety page where there are specific age related activities for children to do to help ensure their safety online at this time. 

Click here to go to the Home Learning page

Click here for advice for parents on home learning from the Education Endowment Foundation 

Click her for The Maths Factor

Click here for Letters and Sounds (EYFS in particular)

Purple Mash


TimesTables Rock Stars

Free audio books for kids from Audible

The National Academy  - online classroom

BBC Bitesize


I See Me scan and listen books (need QR code reader) 

Parental support from the Education Endowment Foundation 

Survey results from "young minds". This may allay concerns you have about your children as it seems many families are finding the same thing. 

Mental health and wellbeing resources from the Anna Freud Centre including a toolkit for parents/carers, and other resources (two different links).

Video on developing resilience in children.

Factsheets from SPACE (Supporting Parents and Children Emotionally) using trauma awareness about children's and adults' emotional behaviour. 

Yes Futures - activities for "home grown" wellbeing and personal development. 

Click here for a pdf version of a book about Coronavirus to explain things in a suitable format to children of all ages.

There is also a picture book called "Staying at Home" about the lockdown which can be accessed here. Or if you'd prefer, click here to hear Mr Finch, a teacher from Oxford (and Mrs Owbridge's friend) reading it.

This is a short video for younger children about why we cant hug some of the people we love at the moment.

Support from East Sussex for SEND children

Information from the Young Carers service 

Ideas from Waitrose

30 days wild with the Sussex Wildlife Trust

Follow @BeaconAPE and @NorthwealdenSSP on Twitter for PE and sport ideas from our local providers.

The PTA at St Michael's Primary, Withyham,have put together a webpage of fun activities for children. You can access it here. Huge thanks to St Michael's for sharing this with us.

For advice or queries about Free School Meal vouchers (for families on low income, not the universal free school meals for infant children) please contact Miss Hollie Norman, our Acting School Business Manager. She is in school all week (01892 655846) or email her on hnorman@ashdown.e-sussex.sch.uk