Support / information / activity ideas for families 


Home Learning resources, fun activities, ideas and links 

See also Keeping Busy on our Start Now young people website


Help / advice support 

How to balance working from home whilst looking after kids:

This guide is here to help you navigate this new horizon and stave off feelings of overwhelm at a time when your past routines are no longer a luxury you can afford, and support is harder to access.

Check out the art room at Place2Be 

Education Support are offering lots of help during this time. They are the only UK charity dedicated to supporting mental health and wellbeing of education staff in schools, colleges and universities. 

Covid, Anxiety, Stress- Resources & Links
Some resources to support children and adults around anxiety, worry, stress, and fears; including specific Covid information. 

Seven days of kindness calendar 

Mental Health awareness week - Kindness 

TIS Resources - Creating opportunities for connection experiencing being held in Mind.

Supporting your teen's wellbeing during coronavirus

Advice for you if your parent is a key worker during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Cornwall Council Coronavirus information / support including wellbeing support for families / children

Penhaligon's Friends are available to provide support for bereaved children and their families 

Penhaligon's Friends download their guides about helping young people manage their emotions and Supporting C&YP through bereavement 

Parent and Carer Council Cornwall - website, Facebook and Twitter

Young People Cornwall - have online chat for young people every day 09.00am - 09.00pm

Young Minds excellent advice / info and support for parents / young people 

Safer Cornwall - Help for domestic abuse during coronavirus 

Safer Lives website  have "A Toolkit for families" with some excellent wellbeing activities and ideas 

Think U Know Online safety advice from ThinkUknow

RIO offer online support, for both businesses and families, for free, to help you through this difficult time. 


Keeping children happy and safe online during Covid-19. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing toolkit #2 from Mentally Healthy Schools.

Anna Freud Centre - Advice from Peter Fuggle. 

CAMHS resources.

Guidance for parents and carers supporting young peoples mental health and wellbeing during Coronavirus outbreak. 

 An amazing Children's book about Coronavirus

 TIS UK This is a really helpful article  from Dr Lynette Rentoul: Advice for parents during lockdown

Activities for Children from Devon & Cornwall Police. 

UK Government advice for parents on supporting  the mental health of children and young people

Young Minds have come up with some excellent ideas for conversation starters with your child during this time. Download the PDF.

Talking to Children about Coronavirus

How to survive an emotional Tsunami. A very interesting article about recovery and return to school after the coronavirus lockdown…

Wellbeing activities / ideas 

The Anna Freud Centre - have some terrific self-care ideas for Young People 

Children's guide to coronavirus - has answers to lots of questions your children may have.

Wonderful clip to explain the extra PPE an ambulance crew might be wearing. 

Wave Project -  Their website has activity packs for families (updated every week) and a helpful wellbeing guide

BF Adventures -are continuing to offer their Holiday Activity Days as normal during the pandemic and offering additional days to support local families / key workers 

Fun activities from the Eden Project 

Change4Life have some fantastic info on their website, such as indoor activities for Kids, mental wellbeing tips for parents and lots of tasty recipes!

Tips and advice from Every Mind Matters. Click here to read their 12 top tips


Coping ideas / activities for  younger children 

Download the free activities here

Home ed ideas and fun stuff 

See more ideas on the Keep Busy page on our website for young people 

Make a miniature book!


Cornwall Council Home Ed links / resources 

BBC Bitesize - daily lesson plans and resources  From April 20th The BBC will broadstart daily lessons on IPlayer and the Red Button backed up by their website. Check it out.

Young People Cornwall have an online youth club with great opportunities to get involved via their Facebook page 

Audible  - Free stories for children and young people from Audible Stories 

Sadlers Wells Theatre - Check out the Ballet Boyz

Tate Gallery - Tate Kids - Play, make, explore and share on Tate's online art destination.

National Theatre Check out some great performances with shows to watch on YouTube every Thursday! 

Make it Better CiC - Here’s a fab offer from Cornwall's Make It Better CIC – free access to their art / craft activities including a new activity added every Friday. Sign up as an emerald member to browse their complete library of activity sheets or download a new activity every Friday.

Sock Bunny Challenge - take the Sock Bunny Challenge with   link to challenge information 

 Kernow Education Arts Partnership offering artist resource pack. 

The Writers Block Competition is open now for entries. 

Lots of really good links to Books and Reading activities being offered from Harry Potter to How to Train Your Dragon!

Cornwall’s own Miracle Theatre are hosting Miracle Mondays with streaming on their YouTube channel.
Or you can visit their website. 

A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources from Chatter Pack. 


Getting Active

Mid Cornwall Sports Network  Join in one of the Mid Cornwall Sports Network challenges on Twitter every day! 

Youth Sport Trust Physical Activity Bingo!! Click on the picture below and it will take you to the Youth Sports Trust website and MORE ideas. Have a go, it looks fun!



Here's a makaton version of the bingo challenge (pdf): 

and have a look at the YST 60 second challenges too 


More help with home ed

The Cornwall Association of Primary Heads  - have pulled together a brilliant list of links 

Liskeard Hillfort School have pulled together some excellent primary home learning resources

Here's a whole heap of links to online learning sites from algebra to zoology (well almost!