Support for Parents, Carers and Teachers
List of Key Workers
This is the current official Government list of key workers. If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Department for Education Helpline
Available for parents, young people and staff to ask any questions about COVID-19 and education and children’s social care.
Phone: 0800 046 8687 (Open: 8am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday-Sunday)
Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
Children’s Commissioner: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/coronavirus/
Carol Vorderman’s maths school is now free for kids 4-11: themathsfactor.com
PSHE “Consent” (primary school age), by Gemma Aitchison: https://youtu.be/A3cyae7uyec
The National Youth Agency Coronavirus Guide: https://www.ukyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Covid-19-Young-people-final-2.pdf
BBC Bitesize provides a daily tailored programme of learning: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
The Royal Opera House provides resources, which are added to every week, which give a sneak peek behind the scenes at the ROH, inviting kids to design and make their own sets, create and perform their own dances, learn about music and warm up their vocal chords. No prior knowledge required: https://learning-platform.roh.org.uk/create-and-learn/
Support for carers
Carers UK have an email advice line: firstname.lastname@example.org and a telephone Helpline service which is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 7pm: 0808 808 7777.
They also have an online forum – run by carers, for carers – full of tips and information where carers have been supporting each other: https://www.carersuk.org/forum
There is also a local directory for carers, with details of local carers organisations and local authority support: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/get-support/local-support.