Useful resources for parents and carers
Information for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs)
The EYIS team would like to wish you all very well at this time and give you our updates as we start this summer term in such unusual circumstances.
Please be advised (as per discussions held with your own allocated link workers) that the team is continuing to offer remote support, advice and IP updates or consultations as required and that these can be to settings, where open, or directly to parents/carers where children are at home.
We will be working to plan for and (remotely) support transitions to primary school as per our usual summer term working processes, although we know this is likely to be more complicated this year as some settings and schools are closed.
Below are some early years home learning links relating to wellbeing, ongoing development and making progress, which you might like to share with your parents during this unprecedented time.
- Hungry Little Minds: Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.
- Tiny Happy People: Activities and play ideas to help develop your child’s communication skills.
- TTS: Free, downloadable, curriculum-focused activities from early years, through to secondary.
- Audible: Free audible stories for children, including titles across eight different languages.
- Michael Rosen: Poems and stories read by the author.
- The Children's Poetry Archive: Listen to the world's best poetry read out loud.
- Music with Drew: Online music classes for little ones.
- Speech and Language Kids: Speech and language activities and resources for professionals and parents.
- Chatterpack: A voluntary-run special educational needs and disability hub, including a free, monthly SEND newsletter for parents, schools and professionals.
- Boogie Beebies: Children’s music programme.
- Sensory Spectacle: Learning experiences to educate about and form a better understanding of sensory processing disorder (SPD).
- MindEd: A free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults.
- Special Needs Jungle: Parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children and young people 0-25.
- BrainParade: Free language development app.
- HelpKidzLearn: Accessible software, enabling children of all abilities to play, develop and achieve.
- Sensory App House: Apps for speech stimulation, control and therapy.
- Visuals2Go: An all-in-one educational app created to support children with communication and learning difficulties.
- Special Education and Inclusive Learning: Free, printable SEN resources
Talking to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities about Coronavirus
- Place2be: Information on how to answer questions that your children might have about Coronavirus
- Young Minds: Top tips on how to talk to your child about Coronavirus
- Anna Freud Centre: Information for parents and carers on supporting young people’s mental health
- Well Child: Information for parents and carers on how to keep children and young people with serious or complex medical needs safe (within context of Coronavirus)
- Brent Outreach Autism Team (BOAT): Information and resources for parents, carers and professionals who use the BOAT service
- Nurse Dotty books: Download the Dave the Dog book to help children understand more about Coronavirus
- Covibook: an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged seven and under
Education resources (all school subjects and SEND specific)
- BBC Bitesize: In-depth online learning for ages 3 to 16+
- Chatterpack: Learning resources for children with speech, language and communication needs
- The Sensory Projects: Resources aimed at supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
- Speech and Language: Activities and games for children with speech, language and communication needs
- Down’s Syndrome Association: Tips and advice on Learning at home
- Hungry little minds: Simple and fun activities for children aged 0-5
- Makaton signing classes
- David Walliams: Download a free audio story every day at 11am
The government have also released a useful list of resources for home learning, including specific resources for children and young people with SEND.
Health, fitness and wellbeing
- Movement and mindfulness
- Joe Wicks: Join Joe every weekday for his 9am workout
- 10 minute shake up: Ten-minute movement and activity games for children
- DanceSyndrone: disability-led dance sessions
- BBC Super Movers
- Cosmic Kids: Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation
- MIND: Mental health advice
- Every Mind Matters: Mental wellbeing while staying at home
- Kooth: Support for young people’s mental health