Support your child’s wellbeing while schools are closed

With schools closing across the UK most children will be at home full time. As parents/carers you will inevitably be concerned about the effect this may have on your child’s development, their physical and mental health, as well as your family’s wellbeing.
  • Establish a daily routine. Routines provide reassuring structure and purpose. Include a mix of learning, creative, physical, relaxation and ‘electronics’ time. Help your child make a visual timetable so everyone understands the plan.
  • Make time for physical activity. Encourage your child outside and rediscover garden games. If you can’t get outside, suggest your child makes an indoor obstacle course. There are lots of resources available on the BBC, ITV and YouTube.
  • Work on personal care skills. Identify self-care tasks that your child would like to do more independently, for example tying shoelaces or getting dressed.
  • Develop life skills. Help your child learn how to prepare their lunch, use a washing machine or change their bedsheets. Older children could complete an online First Aid course or start to learn another language.
  • Create a suitable study space. Ideally your child should have an appropriately sized chair and table, but if they must use adult furniture ensure they can sit with feet firmly planted and their shoulders relaxed.
  • Teach your child to type. Typing is a valuable skill for education, social communication and for the workplace.
  • Rediscover creative activities such as playdough, junk modelling, Lego and origami.
  • Spend social time together as a family. Play board games, watch a film or make a cake. Schedule mealtimes together and commit to them.
  • Keep in touch. Arrange for your child to spend time each day talking to friends or family members on the phone or on social media (with adult supervision where appropriate).
  • Look after yourself. Being a full-time parent/carer with household duties and work is challenging. Make sure you eat and sleep well, and include time for your own rest and leisure in your daily routine.