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Coronavirus Information for Parents

Keep up to date with the latest information about the closures of childcare settings on the County Council website page:

Covid-19 Information about closures of childcare settings

Information and Support for Parents during Covid-19

Advice to Key Workers, parents and carers of vulnerable children about schools- see the latest information from Nottinghamshire County Council here

Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19Information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home.

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Support for Parents and Carers with preschool children - Some hints and tips from Early Childhood Services on learning and activities to do at home, keeping a routine, keeping active, keeping safe online and at home, and sources of local support

Looking after ourselves

Looking After Ourselves is a fun and interactive website for primary aged children to help them plan their day while schools are closed and we all have to stay at home.  Created by an NHS team who work with primary schools. A Parents Guide is also available and provides some links to additional resources

What to do if you're child is unwell

Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, if your child is unwell or injured you can use this chart to guide you on what action you should take.

Keeping Children Safe Online during Covid-19 

Here are some places to go to for advice and to go on with your children and play games and do activities with them to encourage them to stay safe and have fun learning and playing online.

Childnet have produced lots of useful resources for parents and carers. Online safety activities you can do from home

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

This organisation works to remove sites with inappropriate images of children and make the internet safer place. They have a reporting system in place as well as working with other agencies or try to remove child abuse images from the internet

Reports can be made at:


Digital Parenting

This magazine and webpages are produced by Vodafone and are packed with online safety advice.


Safer Schools

This website is currently offering free resources for parents and cares who are home schooling on their Home School Learning Hub

School Closures and Free School Meals

The UK government has launched a new voucher scheme for children eligible for free school meals.  Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at participating supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus. If your child is eligible, please contact your school, or find out more using the link below:

Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals

 ‘Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK' 

Government is advising that those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.This group includes those who are:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed in the guidance (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
  • those who are pregnant

During these unsettling times, you may have health and wellbeing concerns about your baby or young child and be unsure how to get the help you need. Parentline health practitioners are still here to help, click here to find out how you can get in touch by text

Educational Psychology resources to support adults, children and young people

Public Health England

Advice on how to stop the spread of Coronavirus

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Self Isolation

Useful diagram to explain what you need to do if a member of your family gets sick and you need to self isolate.

Click here

Stay physically active during self-quarantine

Some guidance from the World Health Organisation on keeping physically active during self isolation or quarantine, with some suggestions of home-based exercises

Coronavirus: Accident Free, Avoid A&E

The best thing that anyone can do to help our amazing NHS fight and beat coronavirus (COVID-19) right now is to stay at home.

This also means avoiding going to A &E, to take pressure off frontline health services. But while heeding the advice to stay at home, we need to be aware that more accidents happen in the home than anywhere else – you could say the home is the most dangerous place to be, with 6,000 home accident deaths across the UK every year.

We need to make sure we and our loved ones are safe from serious injury, wherever they are and whatever they are doing during the pandemic emergency. That’s why RoSPA has launched the Accident Free, Avoid A&E campaign to help keep everyone free from serious accidental injury in this new world.

Find resources on their website: or on their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels

The British Association of Community Dentistry: 

We at BASCD have prepared some pointers on how to keep your mouth healthy during the Coronavirus pandemic. We hope you find them helpful, stay well and keep safe!

More information on accessing dentistry across the U.K. can be found at Advice for the public

Updates on Early Childhood Services and Childcare

Keep up to date with the latest informationabout the closures of childcare settings on the County Council website page for parents and carers:

See Council Information for parents about Closures of childcare settings

To find childcare providers who have notified us they are still open for vulnerable children and for children of critical workers click the buttons below:

All Childcare Providers Day Nurseries Childminders

If you need advice or support about this, please email call 0300 500 80 80

Childcare Funding for critical workers

The Government has announced that any working parent usually eligible for 30 hours free childcare or Tax-Free Childcare will remain eligible if they fall below the minimum income requirement due to COVID-19. 

Can I still send my child to school or childcare? - Advice for parents

Click on the flowchart to see the guidance

Children’s Centre Services as at 25.3.2020

All groups, parenting programmes, BABES breastfeeding sessions and baby self-weigh facilities will stop for the time being, although main Children’s Centre Service sites will remain open, with a limited staff team in attendance.  

Children’s Centre Services support for families will still be available, mainly by telephone, wherever possible. 

Some Centres will be open only for specific appointments, for example a timed appointment with your midwife.   Many childcare settings located in Children’s Centres are open only to provide childcare places for vulnerable children and children of key workers.

For the full update and list of Children's Centres still open click here

School Closures and Free School Meals

Low-income families whose children are eligible for free school meals will be offered vouchers or meals at home, even if they are no longer attending school due to #coronavirus Read more: #covid19uk

Talking to Children about 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 education resources for classroom and home.  See their Coronavirus information page at

Early Years Alliance advice for childcare practitioners on talking to children about the virus can be found here:  

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 – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing:

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

During these unsettling times, young people may be worried about theirhealth 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.

Dr Dan Hughes - Parenting a Traumatised Child While Living through COVID 19 

Suzanne Zeedyk from Connected Baby coping with the anxiety of Covid 19 

Some videos to help teach children about Coronavirus and the importance of handwashing

The Health for Kids and Health for Teens websites have been updated with information about the coronavirus.


These webpages provide children and young people 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


Health for Kids: Grownups


Health for Teens -

Supporting Children with SEND

Covid-19 Coronavirus Information to support children and young people with SEND visit the COVID-19 page in the SEND Local Offer Section by clicking the icon:


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Information for Pregnant and New Mums

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and caring for your baby. 

The Lullaby Trust has put together the latest advice for if you are pregnant or have a young child.

Read the latest guidance released by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 

Tommy's - the charity that provides mid-wife led health information for parent's-to-be has produced some Q&As based on the official guidance from the RCOB which will be updated as more is known. 

Infant Feeding during the COVID-19 outbreak

Breastfeeding advice during COVID 19 from Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust 

 Guidance from Unicef can be found here : 

Registering a new birth during COVID-19 outbreak

Registration Service Update

If you’ve recently had a baby, you’re normally legally required to register the birth within 42 days. However, due to the Coronavirus, the registration of births has now stopped until further notice.

During this time, restrictions have been lifted so that you can claim child benefit or universal credit without registering the birth.

Volunteering or In Need of Support

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire community support and volunteering hub has been set up as a ‘golden number’ for all enquires to the council for people who want to offer their services and volunteer and also for members of the community who may be in need of additional support during the Covid-19 emergency.

Families in need of assistance should be encouraged to look at the online directory (link below) and to make their own enquiries, alternatively they can call the Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 8080 between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.


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