Health at Home

Keeping you and your family healthy during Covid-19

Explaining coronavirus to children

Many children will be anxious or worried about the coronavirus outbreak and many will have questions about everything that is happening at the moment. The Children’s Commissioner have put together a short guide to help explain to children, in language they can understand, some of the issues surrounding coronavirus. There is also a full page of advice, information, suggestions and resources for parents, educators and other professionals who work with children, to help during the pandemic.

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Parenting Support through COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has changed family life around the country. From schools closures and having to work from home with the kids to social distancing – it’s a lot for anyone to navigate. Below is a range of resources and links to support you might find helpful during this time. 

ICON

During this challenging time stress levels at home may be increased. Icon is a programme that provides information about infant crying and how to cope.

NSPCC

Advice and support for parents and carers. From advice on working from home with the kids for the first time, coping with tantrums or online safety, NSPCC has it covered. 

Institute of health visiting

Resources, links and information to support parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Solihull Online Parenting Programme

Online parenting guides – bump to 19 years, for parents/carers and parents to-be, including top tips from childcare, education and NHS experts.

Mental Health

It’s normal for children and young people to feel worried or anxious at the moment. With sudden changes to routines, disruption to education and lots of uncertainty, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may worsen or trigger anxieties young people were already struggling with. There are lots of thing you can do, and support is available if you need it. Below are resources and advice on how to support young people’s mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Every Mind Matters

Looking after a child or young persons mental health

#Coping Guides

Providing the best reliable and free sources of information and advice to help children, young people and their families cope with life under lockdown. 

Young Minds

If the current news on coronavirus (COVID-19) is making your child and young person feel anxious, concerned or stressed, Young Minds shares some things you can do. 

Mentally Healthy Schools

Resources and videos supporting teachers, parents, carers and young people to look after themselves during COVID-19

Kooth

Free, confidential online support and counselling service for young people aged 11 – 19. 

Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

Physical health has a big impact on how we feel and during a time where we are being asked to spend large amounts of time at home it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns that may end up making us feel worse. It’s important to try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Remember you can leave your house with members of your household for one form of exercise a day, such as a walk, run or bike ride but ensuring you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others. Alternatively, why not try some of the fun family home exercises.

Everyone active

Everyone Active Instructors are providing free exercises classes via their facebook. These include family pilates, family fitness and Born to Move for under 6’s. Keep and eye out for live sessions or do one from the timeline. 

Change4life

Change4life has loads of great indoor activities and games for children to play so they can still get the activity they need, even when they cannot get outside. Check out the recipes page for healthier meals for the whole family.

imoves

A free platform designed for teachers and parents to support home learning by helping children to learn through activity. 

PE with Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks, aka the Body Coach, has lots of free workouts for kids that are fun and can be done at home with no equipment. Joe’s also doing live YouTube workouts for kids at 9am Monday to Friday.

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