Covid-19 Coronavirus

What is Covid 19?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a type of virus called coronavirus.

For the latest information on symptoms, testing, vaccinations, self-isolation, people at higher risk, how to avoid catching and spreading the virus, long-term effects and more you can find the latest information on the NHS website

For more information about Covid-19 and the response in Nottinghamshire visit the County Council Coronavirus (COVID-19) pages

If you need support because you are staying at home due to Covid-19 , e.g. you may need help with getting food or medicines then you can request help from Nottinghamshire County Council's Coronavirus Community Support Hub.  Alternatively, you can call the Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 8080 between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Taking to children and young people about the coronavirus


The Health for Kids website has been updated with information about the coronavirus.  These webpages provide children with age-appropriate information to explain the coronavirus and the things they can do to help stop the spread of the virus and look after themselves physically and emotionally during this unsettling time.

Health for Kids What is Coronavirus?


Coronavirus: A book for children newly written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts and aimed at children can be downloaded here




Children's Guide to Coronavirus produced by the Children's Commisioner can be downloaded by clicking the image or following the link below

  • Answers children's questions about coronavirus
  • Tells children how to stay safe and protect other people
  • Helps children make the best of their time at home

Download the guide here

e-Bug has education resources for classroom and home.  See their Coronavirus information page at


Covibook – is a short book to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. This does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. Designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.  Can be printed so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times 

Place2Be – have a guide to helping parents answer questions from their children about Coronavieus and to support family wellbeing:Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children and more information to support families can be found at Coronavirus: updates, advice and support

Young people may be worried about their health and wellbeing and be unsure about how to get the help they need. ChatHealth school nurses and public health nurses are still here to help - click here to find out how to text them for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues.

Easy Read Guides - You can access a range of easy read guides around the coronavirus.


A Guide for parents of Children aged 5-11 years

covid-19 guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11This guide for parents to the Covid-19 virus, and vaccinations for children has been produced by the UK Health Security Agency

Talking to Teenagers about Coronavirus

Health for Teens Coronavirus


Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing:

Videos to help teach children about Coronavirus and the importance of handwashing


Page last reviewed: 02/03/2023

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