Social distancing and self-isolation during coronavirus mean families are spending lots of times indoors and this can be difficult. It can be more challenging when you have little ones to keep occupied.

Home-Start has put together some resources to help you and your family during the coronavirus outbreak…

How do I talk to my children about Coronavirus?

It can be tough talking to children about coronavirus (COVID-19), especially when we don’t know a lot about it ourselves. We have put together a few pointers to help guide the conversation with children about the coronavirus to help make them feel more secure about the situation.

How to talk to children about COVID-19

Activities for families during self-isolation

We’ve created a list of some of the best practical ideas for activities and resources for you to do with your children if you’re self-isolating or practising social distancing. 

Activities to do during isolation

How can I create a routine for my children while self-isolating?

A clear routine can help children at this confusing time. And it is beneficial for all of us to occasionally take a look at how routine plays a role in our life. Right now many of our usual routines are being disrupted for reasons beyond our control. This can feel scary, for adults and children. Our planner gives a few tips about how you can give a simple plan for your day.

Creating a routine at home

Tips for communicating with 0-3 year-olds

It is never too early to start talking to children. We’ve taken some ideas from Home-Start’s Home-Talk programme, aimed at children from birth to the age of three, to give you some ideas. They could be especially helpful now we are ‘Being at Home’ even more than usual!

Communicating with young children 

Does Coronavirus affect pregnancy and birth?

We have highlighted some key issues for pregnant women with links to organisations and resources to help give information during these unprecedented times. It is a fast-moving and evolving situation so things will change – it is important to check the most up-to-date information and advice because childhood can’t wait.

Coronavirus, pregnancy and birth

Useful Contact Numbers for families during coronavirus

Life is still happening, despite being at home. We still need support for other areas of our lives. We have put together a list of useful contact numbers who are still here to support you online and on the phone.

Useful contact numbers

Find your local Home-Start

Home-Starts are now providing support to families by telephone or by video chats, rather than visiting you in your home. Many are also providing practical support to families who can’t get out of the house. 

Contact your local Home-Start