Find resources on this page can support parents and carers with home learning and fun with your children and young people.

Home learning

BBC Bitsize

  • This BBC Bitesize webpage informs parents and children how to navigate the website and how to access lessons via BBC iPlayer and BBC sounds. Parents and carers can get advice on how to teach anyone who is home-schooling and the Bitesize website will also have guides for pupils with SEN (special educational needs).

Oak National Academy- Online Classroom

  • Oak National Academy is an online classroom made by teachers for teachers, parents and children. They provide over 10,000 high quality video lessons and resources which cover a wide range of subjects for children’s remote learning. The lessons also have quizzes, worksheets and creative activities which can be accessed on many devices.

Online Safety and Remote Education

  • The Society of Occupational Medicine is the UK organisation for all healthcare professionals working in or with an interest in occupational health. This is guidance aimed at supporting parents who are educating their children at home and gives advice on how to meet the impact of home learning.

Supporting your children’s remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Guidance published by the Department of Education about how to support children’s remote education during the pandemic. There are links to various organisations who offer information and support on mental health and wellbeing.

Oak National Academy for Parents and Carers

  • Oak National Academy is an online classroom made by teachers for teachers. There are about 10,000 lessons which cover a wide range of subjects from Early years to Year 11. Teachers can download/edit/adapt lesson slides and share with other teachers/pupils .

Coronavirus and UK school closures

  • The British Psychological Society published a resource paper to support and provide advice for schools and parents/careers in relation to school closures due to Covid-19.

Fun activities

Indoor activities

  • Article about easy ways for kids to keep active if you cannot get outdoors. Change4Life (NHS) aims to ensure parents have the essential support and tools they need to make healthier choices for their families.

Activity Village

  • Activity Village is aimed at parents and provides activates to keep children busy in fun and productive ways. There are thousands of pages of crafts, pintables and educational activities, puzzles, and games.

Yoga and Mindfulness

  • Cosmic Kids, founded in 2012, is a website which provides yoga videos for children to encourage mindfulness. Included is content on breathing/relaxation and visualisation techniques.

Obstacle Courses

  • Created by Beacon House, this YouTube video provides information about how to get children to do obstacle courses as an activity and the benefits of keeping them active and entertained.

Outside In activities

Sustrans is a charity whose aim is to create healthier places and healthier people. Their ‘Outside In’ newsletter which parents can sign up to includes weekly inspiration for kids’ activities, games, and challenges.

Fun and educational resources on nature and the environment

  • Suntrap at Home, provide inspiration for things to do with children at home. There is a range of fun, educational ideas you can do with your children, safely at home or in your local green space.


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