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Coronavirus - Covid-19 - Support for Parents

If you are an essential key worker and are struggling with childcare please click here for additional information

Gloucestershire County Council have put together some frequently asked questions regarding Free School Meals, School Admissions, Being a critical worker, Early Years and Provider information as well as keeping you aware of Scams - see Frequently Asked Questions section below.

As well as the information below, the directory holds information and agency support across the county, simply type a keyword into the search engine at the top, it can even be refined by district.


If you are self isolating due to Cononavirus (Covid-19) you need to double bag your used tissues and cleaning cloths and keep separate to your other household waste for 72 hours before putting in your external bins for collection.


Latest Information Regarding Covid-19

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Guidance for parents and carers regarding closure of educational settings

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Coronavirus and support available to Families

Some of our children are extremely anxious. and for those of you who have children who are a little extra sensitive, anxious or OCD, it can make their struggles so much worse.

At times like these, we need to be positive role models for our children. We need to be careful of what we say in front of their little ears.

Be mindful not to make jokes about coronavirus in front of your children. A joke that seems funny to you (or your children) can be very real for others. Please remind your children to be kind with their words too.

⭐️Kindness is contagious... but something worth spreading. Pass the kindness on at this time of unease and uncertainty.⭐️

To help calm the chaos, here are some links and videos that may help you to explain Coronavirus to children, teens and young adults.

Before talking to your child about the coronavirus outbreak please try and reduce your own fear and anxiety around it, they need to see and hear you are calm

  • 7 Breathing exercises to help Children Feel Calm click here
  • Talking to Kids about Coronavirus Click here
  • 5 Ways to help Teens Manage Anxiety about Coronavirus click here 
  • Anna Freud - support during difficult times click here
  • For the Grownups you might like to read here and also Mental wellbeing while staying at home here
  • What to do if you are a teenanger concerned about coronavirus, support is available here

Keeping the Children Occupied

Keeping Active

Learning a new dance routine here 


Educational resources can be found here

Twinkl educational resources here

Virtual Tours of the National Gallery click here

With more people working at home and internet usage increasing the police have good information you might find of help, click here

Want to keep the kids involved in Maths, then why not try Maths Chase, this is a completely free home online learning tool where children can play times tables games, along with many other mathematics skill-based games!  We hope kids will find it a fun and different way to improve their maths accuracy and speed. Click here


If the children are finding being stuck indoors a chore, then why not take a look at the download on the right of this page which gives you some ideas for things to do.


Frequently asked questions

Gloucestershire County Council have put together a FAQ which you may find answers your questions:

  • Free School Meals
  • School Admissions
  • Being a Critical Worker
  • Early Years and Providers information
  • Keep aware of Scams

Click here to help find the anwers you may be seeking

Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People

An update on short breaks providers for CWD who are temporarily closed in relation to COVID 19: 

  • Hop, Skip and Jump
  • Active Impact activities – including Of Course we can Events
  • Active Gloucestershire Events
  • All sorts
  • Forest Pulse
  • Spring Centre
  • Glo Active
  • James Hopkins
  • Acorns are not providing overnight short breaks
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