Coronavirus, children and you

Advice, information, suggestions, answers and resources to help during the pandemic

“We’ve put this page together, not just to pass on official guidance, which is important, but to reflect both your thoughts and questions that have been raised during the crisis and the response to it and where possible provide you with clarity and answers. We will also lay out where we are lobbying for changes to the response to make them even more effective for help children and their families.”

Anne Longfield OBE

For children

There have been big changes in our lives because of coronavirus, so we’ve created a children’s guide to coronavirus to help explain the situation.

The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

For educators

Advice for those looking after children in school settings and remote teaching/learning

I thank all those still teaching vulnerable children and those of key workers in schools, despite the general closures. I hope to pass on the latest official advice to teachers, updating as it comes, and seek clarity for you on how schools are managing and how many vulnerable children are attending. I welcome any suggestions for how we can seek clarity on any official advice and indeed suggestions for parents who are trying to home educate on how they can use your expertise to do the best job they can in the circumstances.”

Anne Longfield OBE

Teacher in classroom

For parents

Advice to follow to keep your family safe, and suggestions how to make the best of the time and having your children at home

I know many of us would have joked that trying to work from home with children off school and being effectively grounded might have been many parents idea of hell. Now for our own safety we are all having to, so I’ve asked my team to produce advice and pass on the best information on the virus but also helpful suggestions and resources that are being created and offered all the time to help you keep them positive, entertained, and learning. I’ve also asked my team to provide the same sort of information directly for children, for you to share so they can take a look at it themselves.”

Anne Longfield OBE


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