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March 2020 - December 2020

Please click here for the DfE information for parents and carers on the full return to school in September.


Please see information below from Local Authority:


Seeking medical help for sick children during the COVID-19 crisis


Since the COVID-19 crisis struck there has been a marked reduction in children attending A&E – a sign parents may be delaying seeking medical help for their children. Much of this is due to the misunderstanding that all NHS services are focusing on COVID and normal services are not operating. Self-isolation, social distancing, the fear of infection in hospital, are also things which may cause a delay in seeking help for a sick child. However, these delays could cause children to become more poorly than they should do.


It is important to emphasise to parents what they need to do should their child become unwell.


  • This poster with advice for parents when a child is unwell/injured has been approved by NHS England for dissemination to support parents and carers of when to seek help and advice and which service they should contact.


  • This video produced locally by two clinicians (and approved by NHSE/I) informs parents of the services available and when to seek help.


Both the poster and video are just a number of resources available on the ESCB’s COVID-19 webpages. As well as general information about the pandemic, there are specific resources for families including emotional wellbeing and home-schooling links and a summary of changes to children and families support services in Essex


Early Learning
For parents with children under 5 years old, who have not yet started school, the Department for Education (DfE)’s Hungry Little Minds campaign features tips and practical activities that you can do at home with children to support their early learning. There are many simple ways to help your children learn and it does not have to feel like ‘learning’. Having everyday conversations, make-believe play, and reading together, all make a big difference to your child’s development. You can find more ideas and content from the BBC’s Tiny Happy People campaign and the National Literacy Trust Family Zone.

Maintaining the family’s wellbeing while children are at home
Social connections, alongside exercise, sleep, diet and routine, are important protective factors for mental health. Materials to promote and support mental wellbeing are included in the list of online resources we have published to help children to learn at home. Public Health England’s Rise Above platform supports young people. The Department of Health and Social Care is providing £5 million of additional funding to support mental health charities to increase their provision for adults and children at this time. Social isolation, reduced exercise, and bereavement, may affect children’s wellbeing in this period.

Resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing include:

All NHS mental health trusts are setting up 24/7 helplines, and seeking to use digital and virtual channels, to continue delivering support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Full guidance can be found here: