This page brings together useful resources for supporting families with home-learning while settings and schools are closed during COVID-19 restrictions.
Early Education blogs:
How Castle Kindergarten is supporting home learning, by Kay Rooks, 16 April 2020
Home schooling, by Dr Verity Campbell-Barr, 30 March 2020
Loving books together at home by Cathy Gunning, 19 March 2020
Twelve links for supporting home learning: early years and primary by Cathy Gunning, 18 March 2020
See also our upcoming webinar programme for courses on supporting aspects of home learning.
Playing and Exploring
- The Gruffalo website
- Siren films website has short courses using their video clips from Dr Sue Allingham and Anne O’Connor – supporting attachments
- Octonauts on CBeebies if you feel inspired by Dr Verity Campbell-Barr’s blog on home schooling on our Early Education website.
- @RebeccaRHelm on Twitter is tweeting facts and pictures about the open ocean every weekday.
- @Emilydoodles on Twitter is the learning officer at Leeds Museum and is sharing fascinating scientific objects and facts – one week was all about sea creatures.
- Bird drawing – Matt Sewell on Instagram live bird drawing on Friday afternoons.
- @ScholasticUK on Facebook are showing Julia Donaldson reading and performing songs live every Thursday at 4pm.
- If you use Apple, Eric Carle: Artist and AR pioneer has enabled The Very Hungry Caterpillar AR to enter the (almost) real world with augmented reality!
- Chester Zoo on Facebook have been live with their virtual zoo days and you can view their films afterwards on their page.
- 50 things activities to do in your back garden if you’re lucky enough to have a garden this has plenty of ideas. Alternatively, the 50 things to do before you’re five App offers many options.
- Lovemybooks.co.uk have got a useful making and doing section
- The Creative Star website had useful ideas.
- Love my Books are leading the #EYPictureBookClub hashtag. In April they focused on We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
- In May it is Oliver’s Vegetables which coincides with all those planting and growing opportunities at home and school.
- Our Loving books together at home blog lists more links for accessing picture books
Explaining in child-friendly language
- The Scared Gang Have to Stay at Home book free to download gives a lovely explanation for young children
- Nosy Crow free information book explaining the coronavirus to children - free to download
- Adoption UK’s YouTube channel bitesize vlogs about home learning
- Adoption UK resources for nurture
- Louise M Bomber’s TouchBase website Support through this season - self-care and YouTube vlogs
- Six ways to help your child come to terms with lockdown loss from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, on BBC Bitesize.
- Have a listen and read of this virtual story book Indoor happiness, a story read by Fasjin Ali who wrote it for her children at school.
Free resources for home learning
- If you would like to see more links, here’s a good summary of 87 free resources for home learning from TES (28th March 2020).
Resources for parents
- A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Early Learning and Development at Home (0 - 5 years): Supporting Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic by Debra Laxton, University of Chichester/MESH guides
- BBC's Tiny Happy People