Eligible working families whose children will be aged between 9 and 23 months old on 31 August can now apply to receive 15 hours childcare starting from September 2024.

Find out more information on the Childcare Choices website

Early Years

Supporting Children

Talking to children about Coronavirus

The Children’s Commissioner has created a children’s guide to coronavirus which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people.

Children’s guide to coronavirus | Children's Commissioner for England

For very young children, the resource above will provide a useful reference for appropriate messages that adults can share when talking to children about the coronavirus.

Resources to help with anxiety for pupils and families

Worry and anxiety are common problems, and when it takes over it can become all-encompassing.

Psychology Tools have put together this free guide to help you to manage your worry and anxiety. Living with anxiety and worry

Support for families

Anna Freud (National Centre for Children and Families) have recently launched Early Years in Mind, a free learning Network to specifically support early years practitioners and their families:

Early Years in Mind is a free online network for early years practitioners. The Network was developed by mental health experts and provides easy access guidance on supporting the mental health of babies, young children and their families.

You can join the free Early Years in Mind learning network today. The website offers an option to sign up for regular Newsletters too.

Early Years in Mind includes an A-Z of Common Difficulties (with supporting strategies), Coronavirus support (covering Transitions, including for babies) and a Resources section, containing a wealth of supporting documents including a practitioner’s guide to ‘Working with Children and Families on Digital Platforms’.

To support the Wellbeing and Mental Health of your staff, MIND offer a range of resources on their Mental Health at Work pages, from policy and practice ideas to improving workplace culture and a Coronavirus toolkit.

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