8 ways to help children struggling during lockdown

Relax Kids Support in Lockdown

For parents: Tea Break – calming relaxations and Coffee Break – energising meditations

Morning meditation with Marneta 💜

All our trainings are now online and people are really enjoying using lockdown to re-train. Here are details if you have been thinking about taking the Relax Kids training online and would like to know more. https://www.relaxkids.com/online-training.aspx

School Nurse: Call us on 0300 365 0010

The school nursing advice line has a new number!

Your School Nursing service is aware that the Coronavirus pandemic continues to be a difficult and worrying time for everyone and during this time there have been additional pressures on children, families and young people. We are here to help with advice and support regarding physical or emotional concerns.

The School Nursing advice line is available to support children, young people and their families who live in West Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell; it is an easy way to reach us, is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm and can give you the advice and support you need.

Play in Crisis: Support for Parents and Carers – International Play Association


Parenting Special Children

NHS Berkshire Healthcare Children, Young People and Families Service

Coronavirus – National Autistic Society

Sleep Advice Service – Cerebra

Living with worry and anxiety amid global uncertainty – Psychology Tools Ltd


Coronavirus and your wellbeing – Mind

The Little Blue Book of Sunshine from the NHS


Looking after a child or young person’s mental health

There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways we can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy.

Some children and young people have enjoyed being off school, while others will have really struggled – with the coronavirus outbreak keeping them at home and away from friends. Others may be coming to terms with family problems, loss or changes to their living situation.

As restrictions lift in some places, they might also face difficulties in being back at school or college, or have worries about getting or passing on the virus. It’s also still uncertain what further changes we all may face.

Feelings like these will gradually ease for most, but there are always steps you can take to support them emotionally and help them cope with problems they face.

There’s also further support available if you feel you or they need it.


Reading Well for children provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. Books have been chosen and recommended by leading health professionals and co-produced with children and families.

The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11), but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.

Clownfish by Alan Durant
Ruby’s Worries by Tom Percival
Me and my Fear by Francesca Sanna
The Colour Thief by Andrew Fusek Peters
Having a Disability by Louise Spilsbury
M is for Autism by Vicky Martin
How not to Lose it by Anna Williamson

Children can reserve their books for free by clicking here.

Advice for parents from CUES Ed


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Anna Freud Centre’s coronavirus support for parents and carers

Bereavement advice with The Beatles

When someone you know dies, the grief that follows can be extremely painful. This short (2min 20s) video won’t take that pain away, but clinician David Trickey from the Anna Freud Centre has some ideas which might help you get through it. 

  • Help!  I need somebody.  Help me get my feet back on the ground.
  • Let it be.
  • In my life.
  • Hello, Goodbye!  You say goodbye, I say hello!

Cognitive Load Theory: Explaining our fight for focus (BBC 13/11/2020)

Cognitive Load Theory provides a useful framework for understanding the different ways the pandemic could be playing havoc with your mental function – By Christian Jarrett 13th November 2020

How to parent through a pandemic- The Guardian

‘We need to show children we can survive’: how to parent through a pandemic

There is much you can do to make your children (and yourself) more resilient for the long haul. Experts share their advice for all ages – Joanna Moorhead Sat 15 Aug 2020

How kids are coping with lockdown – New Scientist 18 July 2020



Families Magazine Thames Valley West March/April 2021


Preparing Your Child for the First Day Back in School

Family VibEs is a set of resources, full of ideas and suggestions for helping you build on your family’s core values, e.g. trust, kindness, responsibility, positivity, patience, gratitude.  By explicitly focusing on values, we hope that you will build a family values toolkit, and grow even closer and more understanding of each other. Look out for a new value each week – and focus on living that value as much as possible. 

Action for Happiness

  • Keep calm
  • Stay wise
  • Be kind

NSPCC Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers

Whether you’re working from home with your kids for the first time or supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus, we’ve got tips and advice for you.

You’re never too young to talk mental health – 10 tips for talking


10 tips for resilience whilst at home


Supporting children and young
people with worries about

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Understanding Anxiety In Children

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91 ideas to help you feel better

These activities come from the Anna Freud Centre’s ‘On My Mind‘ work with young people.

Childhood Bereavement Network

Winston’s Wish

At a Loss

Child Bereavement UK

Coronavirus information

Coronavirus is having an impact on everyone, including individuals and families facing bereavement, professionals who work with families, and our supporters. This page brings together guidance and information to help support you at this difficult time. You will also find updated information about Child Bereavement UK’s current services, training and events. 

The Bereavement Guide – Supporting Children and Young People through Bereavement and Loss by Dr Tina Rae


grief encounter

Cruse Bereavement Care

Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief:

During the global coronavirus pandemic we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances.
Bereaved people may have to deal with increased trauma, and may be cut off from some of their usual support network. Those who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.
We have put together these resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic. It covers some of the different situations and emotions bereaved people may have to deal with.