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Coronavirus Information For Families

This webpage has information and resources for Parents, Carers and Critical Workers of Children and Young People who are staying at home due to Coronavirus.

Please click on the sections below to find helpful websites and resources.


General Advice and Information

Information for Parents

Nottingham City School Meal Vouchers information click here

DAISI Education - Fun activities at home

Parent INFO - Help and advice for families in a digital world

Healthy Start Food Vouchers - You can get Healthy Start vouchers if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old.

See poster with more information click here to download

Nottingham City Educational Psychology Service - Information for Parents during the Corona Virus outbreak click here to download

Nottingham City Educational Psychology Service - Information to Support Children and Young People during the Coronavirus Outbreak click here to download

Self-Care booklet for Families whilst Staying at Home click here to download

COVIBOOK - Supporting and reassuring children around the world

Information for parents of babies and young children

If you have any health and wellbeing concerns about your baby or young child and are unsure how to get the help that you need, Parentline health practitioners are still available to help. Click here to find out how to get in touch

Parentline Messaging Service information sheet click here to download

The Lullaby Trust - Coronavirus (COVID-19) and caring for your baby

Indoor Fun: 100+ Great Indoor Activities for Kids to Do at Home - Stuck at home with the kids? Don’t worry, it will be fun! We’ve come up with 100 awesome indoor activities for kids that you can do without leaving the house.

Carers UK - Coronavirus guidance click here

Resources for Children with Special Education Needs & Disabilities

Returning to School Life After Lockdown click here to download

Covid19 social story - school is opening click here to download

Public Health England Coronavirus easy-read guide click here to download

Sheet with Resources for Self-Isolating ideas & advice for home education & SEND click here to download

Free resources from Rosehill School’s home learning webpage can be found here.

Learning at home resources from Oak Field school webpage can be found here.

BBC Parents' Toolkit: SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown.

An additional free resource about Corona Virus for children and young people with Autism can be found here.

Signed Stories - Animated children's stories performed in sign language!

The Buzz - The website for deaf young people.

Royal National Institute of Blind People - Children, young people and education.

Childcare provision in Nottingham City

The Families Information Service (FIS) provides free information, advice and guidance about organisations and services for children, young people and their families living in Nottingham City, including: details of all Ofsted registered childcare providers, children's centres, family support, education including special educational needs and other specialist services.

Please contact the Families Information Service if you need help with finding childcare or support for your family.

Telephone: 0800 458 4114 


Links for online activities for children under 5 years

See the following links for online activities and resources

  • GOV.UK - Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Small Talk is full of ideas, tips and activities to encourage chatting, playing and reading from birth to 5.
  • BBC Tiny Happy People A chatty child is a happy child, so Tiny Happy People are here to help you develop your child's communication skills through simple interaction and play.
  • Twinkl is full of ideas and activities for all ages to encourage learning through the early years and Key Stages. Parents can subscribe free for a month!
  • Phonics Play is currently free for children and families and includes interactive activities, downloads and advice about phonics.
  • BBC The Baby Club – Welcome to the Baby Club, where parents, carers and their babies can play, sing and listen to stories together. Get comfy and join in the fun from your sofa!
  • BBC Andy’s Safari Adventures - Get ready to join Andy on a series of fun-filled, jaw-dropping and eye-popping adventures getting closer than ever before to the wildlife that inhabits our planet.


Play and Youth Resources

Activities and Ideas to try at home for school aged children and teenagers

Stuck for ideas and support for what to do with your Child or Teen while at home? Please have a look on the following table links for ideas to support you at this difficult time.


Links to advice and support websites

  • RSPB Wild Challenge is your chance to help wildlife, explore nature, and work towards awards by making your way through a heap of wild activities!
  • Covibook an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic:
  • Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education. You can download it here
  • Child Line - for a range of useful information regarding mental health and emotional support.
  • For online support with emotional and personal issues visit Kooth website


Mental Health support for Children and Young People

General Mental Health Support for Children and Young People

Families Under Pressure videos - During this stressful and cooped-up time, don’t let the pressure of parenting get you down. Try these simple tricks and tips, formulated by Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke and the POP-UP team, which are backed by science and proven to work with families.

Anna Freud - Information on mental health and emotional wellbeing for CYP and their families

Telephone: 020 7794 2313


NHS Every Mind Matters - Every Mind Matters is an online app that helps you to manage and maintain your mental health. Includes Coronavirus advice.

Childline - On line and phone support for children. It also includes a Calm Zone to help them let go of worries and anxiety.

Telephone: 0800 1111

Health for Kids - Information on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of children in Nottingham.

Health for Teens - Information on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of teenagers in Nottingham.

Family Lives - Help and support for families that are struggling with their relationships or during periods of change.

Telephone: 0808 800 2222


Mental Health Foundation - Website for general preventative advice and guidance about mental health.

Mencap - Advice and information on learning disability.

Telephone: 0808 808 1111


Young Minds - Site provides support to both parents and frontline workers to improve outcome for children and families who need mental health services. There is a range of information to support children and young people experiencing difficulties. COVID-19 advice to help young people cope is available on the website.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines.

Telephone: 0808 802 5544 (Parents Helpline)

Wellness in Mind - Information, advice and support for residents experiencing issues with their mental wellbeing.

Telephone: 0800 561 0073

Samaritans - Emotional support for anyone in distress.

Telephone: 116 123


Available support for Children and Young People with Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety UK - Run by people with experience of living with anxiety, stress or anxiety-based depression, supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel.

Opening times: Helpline 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri. Weekend helpline 10 am-8 pm. Online chat.

Telephone: 03444 775774


Base 51 - Emotional health and wellbeing services, including counselling for young people living in south of county and city.

Telephone: 0115 952 5040

Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people: Young people who want to talk to a mental health professionals online, anonymously and free.

Opening times: Chatline open Mon– Fri 12pm – 10pm; Sat– Sun 6pm – 10pm.

Think Ninja - Think Ninja is a commissioned Cognitive Behavioural Therapy app designed for children and young people. It is usually commissioned and accessed via a code however during COVID-19 it is being offered free of charge to all children and young people.

Download the app from android or apple store.

No Panic - Confidential Helpline and support for people who experience panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) and other related anxiety disorders. Also provides support for carers of people living with the above.

Opening times: Helpline available 10 am to 10 pm.

Telephone: Youth Helpline 0330 606 1174

Telephone: Helpline 0844 967 4848


OCD Action - Support and information for anybody affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.

Telephone: 0845 390 6232


Specialist support for Children and Young People with mild – severe mental health difficulties

Beat - Support for anyone living with an eating disorder, their family, friends, carers, schools or employers via helplines, chat rooms, one-to-one web chats and email.

Opening times: Mon - Fri 12pm - 8pm; weekends 4pm - 8pm

Telephone: Helpline 0808 801 0677

Telephone: Studentline 0808 801 0811

Telephone: Youthline 0808 801 0711


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - Behavioural, emotional and mental health support for those aged between 0-18.

This support is provided as part of the Nottingham City pathway for children and young people with behavioural, emotional or mental health needs. The pathway is for children and young people who:

  • Present with concerns about their behaviour, emotional wellbeing or mental health
  • Present with concerns about possible ASD or ADHD
  • Are registered with a NHS Nottingham City GP
  • Are aged 0 to 18 (the pathway extends up to the age of 24 where the young person has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Opening times: 9am -5pm

Telephone: Single Point of Access 0115 8764000

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) 0-18 years - For Children and Young People 0-18 years who are experiencing mild to complex emotional and mental health difficulties.

Telephone: 0115 854 2299

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team - For Children and Young People 0-18 years with a mental health crisis: at risk of immediate and significant self-harm.

Telephone: 0115 854 2299 or 0115 844 0560

First Steps Eating Disorders - Dedicated eating disorders support service available to further education and higher education students. You can self-refer directly through the website or via your student support service.

Telephone: 01332 367571


Support with Self-harm and/or suicidal ideation for children and young people

SHARP (Self-Harm Awareness & Resource Project) - Work with schools to support children and young people with self-harm and/or suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

Telephone: 0115 876 4000

Text: 0786 000 213

CALM - Suicide prevention support particularly for boys and men aged 15 to 35.

Opening times: 5.00 pm until midnight

Telephone: 0800 58 58 58

Papyrus Hopeline UK - Suicide prevention for young people up to 35.

Opening times: 9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends and bank holidays.

Telephone: 0800 068 4141

Harmless - Self-harm support

Telephone: 0115 880 0280


The Tomorrow Project - Suicide Prevention, support for those in suicide crisis, open to all ages.

Telephone: 0115 880 0280


Papyrus - Suicide prevention for children and young people.

Telephone: 0800 068 4141


Shout - Text support service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. If you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

Text Shout to 85258

Support for children and young people witnessing or experiencing abuse including Domestic and Sexual Abuse

Imara - Imara is an independent specialist service that supports children, young people and their family following a disclosure or discovery of child sexual abuse. Website has a range of support materials including self-help information and links to other support that is available that they would recommend.

Juno Women's Aid - Support for women and children affected by domestic abuse.

Telephone: 0808 800 0340


Notts Sexual Violence Support Services - Emotional support to anybody aged 13 and over who has experienced rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse, either recently or in the past, or for others who may be worried.

Telephone: 0115 941 0440


Refuge - Providing specialist support to women, children and some men escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence.

Telephone: 0808 2000 247

Support for children and young people worried about or caring for their caregivers

Jigsaw - Nottingham - Support people up to the age of 18 with their drug and alcohol use. Also support for families, carers and friends.

Telephone: 0115 948 4314


Action for young carers - Action for Young Carers (AYC) is a free and confidential service that supports young carers in Nottingham City. Funded by Nottingham City Council, AYC provides young carers with the chance to get together, have fun and access the help they need.

Telephone: 0115 9629351 /2/3 or 0115 9629349

Text or phone 07814 678 460


Child bereavement services

Child Bereavement UK - We help children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.

Telephone: 0800 02 888 40

CRUSE Bereavement Care - We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.

Telephone: 0808 808 1677


Hope Again - Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.

Grief Encounter

National services include:

  • Grief Talk call, email or instant chat support for bereaved children and young people and those caring for them 9am-9pm Monday to Friday.
  • resources for bereaved children and young people, families and professionals.
  • training courses and bespoke training including Good Grief training course.

Telephone: 0808 802 0111

Winston's Wish

National services include:

  • national helpline for all those caring for a child or young person who has been bereaved.
  • website with activities for children and young people and facility to ask questions of a trained clinician.
  • programme of direct support for families bereaved through suicide, murder or manslaughter.
  • resources including books and memory boxes.
  • training courses and bespoke training.

Telephone: 08088 020 021

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