Set up a space
Learning can happen anywhere. However if you can, you might find it helps to set up a separate space for your child where they can focus on tasks. It also makes it easier to keep everything from school in one place, so nothing goes missing.
Flexible home working
We know that many of you will be balancing working with looking after the children, home learning and looking after the house… superhero capes at the ready! If you are working from home, it is probably going to be easier if you can be flexible about your hours. Head over to our working from home page for more info.
Tap into their interests
No doubt there will be times when it will be difficult to get them motivated. If they are losing interest, try to think about things they like. If you follow their lead and join in, they’ll be more motivated to keep going. Love LEGO? There are loads of great YouTube videos on how playing with LEGO helps you to learn maths and building skills. Kids love helping out: if they’re interested in cooking, get them to help you make a meal.
Change is difficult
We are living in very unusual times and this will be a big change for you both. So don’t be hard on yourselves. It's probably a good idea to chat to them about how different it is. Ask them how they are finding it and make sure you take some time to listen to any worries they have.
We know this will be very difficult but we're all in this together. This is new for everyone, so try to remember, you are doing a fantastic job.
It’s important that you both try to stay connected with family and friends. So make sure you have regular contact by phone or video chat.
When are schools reopening?
Schools are set to reopen in August. However, things won’t be the same as they were before the coronavirus outbreak – schools will be making changes to ensure that everyone stays safe. You can find out more on our back to school FAQ page here.