Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and resources for parents

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many children are at home with their parents instead of going to an early year provider or school.

To help and support you during this time, here are a collection of resources, links and information to help keep you up-to-date with latest Government guidelines and also to help you continue to support your child’s development:

Visits from a health visitor

If you have just had a baby, your health visitor will telephone you in the first instance, and they may visit you at home. If they do, at the current time they will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – here’s what to expect.

Talking to your child about coronavirus

Mum and daughter chatting

Children may struggle with changing routines and perhaps with not being at pre-school or nursery as they were previously. Here is some advice on how to support your child through this.

Supporting your child’s learning at home

Doing jigsaw puzzles

There are lots of things you can do at home to make sure your child is stimulated and has fun, while continuing to develop and learn. Find out more:

Staying well while staying at home

Family eating together

Looking after your own mental health and wellbeing is important when asked to stay at home for a prolonged period of time. Here’s our advice on how you can do this.

Domestic abuse during the coronavirus outbreak

Hand Holding

While everyone is staying at home to reduce the spread of coronavirus, this could increase the severity of abuse for domestic abuse victims. Find more information and links to support services here.

How to stay accident free

Poorly bears

Most accidents happen around the home, so take a look at our advice around reducing the risks of accidents.

Take a look at this poster below that explains what to do if you think your child is unwell or injured.

If you do need to seek urgent medical help, A&E departments have two entrances to manage those admissions that are not COVID-19 related safely.

Advice for parents during coronavirus

External resources

Lullaby Trust- Free Safer Sleep Presentations

A number of presentations around safer sleep have been made available:

Safer sleep for babies – Sleep position, sleep environment and bedding

Click here to find out more about the safest way to put your baby down to sleep for both daytime naps and at night.

Safer sleep for babies – Overheating, temperature and overwrapping

Click here to find out more about the safest room temperature for your baby and the risk associated with overheating and overwrapping your baby.

Safer sleep for babies – Breastfeeding

Click here to find out more about the benefits of breastfeeding.

National breastfeeding helpline

Page last reviewed: 02-07-2020

Next review due: 02-07-2023