Where to find information
The latest government guidance. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Advice for households with suspected coronavirus infection. The full guidance is available here.
Reading Borough Council have a number of useful advice pages for residents during covid-19:
- Coronavirus Useful Information
- Coronavirus ~ Advice and how our services are affected ~ BSL friendly
- Test and trace
- Coronavirus (Covid-19) useful information
- Covid-19 ~ Support for business
- One Reading Community Hub Support (coronavirus)
- Coronavirus - how our services are affected
Information on schools, childcare and other educational settings closure, for parent carers. Rolling update from Ofsted Ofsted ~ Coronavirus Covid-19 Rolling Update
The University of Chichester with MESH & VSO have produced ‘A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Early Learning and Development at Home (0 - 5 years)' to support families during Coronavirus pandemic. SKIP for Early Years Educators ~ Covid-19 Family Booklet
Please find below some resources that may be helpful for parent carers of children and young people with SEND or children and young people themselves.
- National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx
- Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf
- Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
- Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
- Carers UK - Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
- Keepsafe Easy Read Posters https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/posters
- Booklet for school children returning to school e-Bug website ~ My Back to School Bubble
- Support for parents of children with a disability Contact ~ For Families
- Support for children, young people and families during covid-19 Barnardo's ~ See, Hear, Respond Service
A booklet has been produced Top Tips for Autistic and ADHD students returning to school please view in downloads on this page.
If you need extra help during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (SEND)
Minister for Children, Young People and Families' Open Letter to the SEND sector in relation to activity during the COVID-19 pandemic
Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) has received and actioned requests made in the open letter Vicky Ford, Minister for Children, Young People and Families, sent to the SEND sector.
BFfC is committed to working with key partners including schools, childcare settings and the voluntary sector to ensure the needs of children and young people with SEND are met, and that they and their families are supported throughout this difficult time.
Help reduce the spread - wear a mask
The best way to reduce the spread of Covid-19 is to practice safe social distancing wherever possible. Sometimes it can be hard to stay away from other people and face coverings can help provide some protection for others you come in contact with.
The information factsheets (pdf) entitled 'Help reduce the spread - wear a mask' as some useful tips in easy-read and in pictures on what to do when wearing a mask, such as:
Click on the above links to open the factsheets.
Page last reviewed: 30/07/2020