This is our information hub for children, young people, and families in Wales.
We will post answers to your questions, be honest when we don’t have the answers, post ideas, things to do while at home and things make you relax and laugh.
All children have the right to reliable information under the UNCRC.
Everything will be as bilingual as we can make it, and we will involve you in curating and writing materials.
We want to build this space with you, so please send us any suggestions you have, and please feel free to send your questions over.
Together stronger. We will get through this.
Our office building is closed, but our Investigation and Advice service is still open for children, families and professionals, so please get in touch if you need advice and support.
We can offer advice and support to any child, young person, or somebody who cares for them if they feel that they’ve been treated unfairly.
Advice if you’re worried
Newsround have a page that gives advice if you’re worried about Coronavirus. It talks about:
- sharing your concerns with a trusted adult
- staying in touch with elderly relatives
- doing things you enjoy
Meic can listen to you if you’re feeling worried and help you to feel better.
You can call them or chat to them online.
This is how their service works.
Childline can listen to your worries and help you to cope with them.
Here’s how their service works.
Staying mentally healthy
The singer, rapper and YouTuber Nesdi Jones talks about what keeps her mentally healthy. When she’s stressed or bored, Nesdi sings and writes – why not have a go yourself!?
The mental health charity mind has made a page for young people who are worried about coronavirus and want to know how to cope with changes to their lives.
Washing your hands
Something we can all do to protect ourselves and others around us is to wash our hands regularly, and for at least twenty seconds.
Joe Wicks, ‘The Body Coach’, will broadcast ‘PE with Joe’ live from his YouTube Channel, every day Monday-Friday at 9am, starting on Monday 23 March
Mindfulness can help you to stay mentally healthy.
We are Platfform, who help people experiencing challenges with their mental health, have recorded a mindfulness session to help you.
The illustrator Huw Aaron will post a video every day, from 23 March, teaching children how to illustrate, and make their own comics and animations.
So as well as learning about art, it’s a great opportunity for your children to hear Welsh daily if you don’t speak Welsh at home.
Hei rhieni/athrawon/ysgolion, jusd i ddweud o Ddydd Llun ymlaen, fydda i’n lanlwytho fideo bob dydd yn rhannu tips arlunio, creu comics, gemau, animeiddio ag ati i blant. Mwy o fanylion yn y fideo isod.
— 𝙷𝚞𝚠 𝙰𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚗 (@huwaaron) March 19, 2020
The musician Mei Gwynedd has started a new YouTube channel helping children, young people and families learn how to play the Ukulele from scratch.
This is another opportunity for children to hear Welsh daily if you don’t speak Welsh at home.
Mrs Powell-Davies from Penclawdd school isn’t letting the isolation get in the way of her daily routine with her class. The whole of Wales will be able to join in the fun now!
Daily Dance Classes
Diverse Dance Mix are running daily dance sessions that you can join from home.
They run at 1:30pm every weekday on Facebook Live.
Côr (choir in Welsh)-ONA is a Facebook group where people post videos of themselves and/or family members singing.
There are some brilliantly uplifting songs from a wide variety of people.
Just a bit of fun onboard HMS Defender! Tymed bach o hwyl ar HMS Defender!
Posted by Dafydd Boyle on Saturday, 21 March 2020
Free Amazon audio books
While schools are closed, Amazon has made its library of audio books for children and young people free.
You can stream them all from their site.
CRIW | Urdd Gobaith Cymru
There’s a wide selection of activities and resources on the Urdd’s website, ranging from cooking, to arts and crafts, to mindfulness.
Whatever the circumstances, all care experienced young people have a right to have a say in the decisions that affect them, and to have their voice heard.
Any child or young person who usually lives in Wales and has a social worker can have an Independent Professional Advocate.
There are two providers for this, NYAS and TGP Cymru.
There’s a tool that shows which provider works in your area.
Support from Voices from Care
Voices from Care support care experienced young people in Wales.
They’re offering some the following support to young people:
- Social check-ins, including Facebook live chats and Skype calls
- Wellbeing support
- Virtual hangouts
- Info and advice
Explaining Coronavirus to young children
Adapted from a resource by Manuela Molina, this resource uses symbols and simple language to help you talk to young children about Coronavirus, and listen to their concerns.
Staying mentally well
It’s clear that trying to maintain good mental health throughout the next few months will be really important to all of us.
The mental health charity Mind has put some advice together.
Talking to your children about coronavirus
Save the Children have advice on talking to your children about the coronavirus.
- getting informed and sharing the facts
- answering your child’s questions and addressing any wrong information
- validating their feelings and reassuring them
Supporting children with a learning disability/ASD
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have made a comprehensive guide to supporting children with a learning disability/ASD through the next few weeks.
Playing at home
Play is so important to children that they have a specific right to play under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
These are some resources to help you come up with games and activities to keep you and your children healthy.
Play for all ages – 10 ideas
PlayHooray has 10 play ideas for every primary year group.
Playing in the garden
Here are some lovely ideas for playing creatively in the garden.
We’re particularly fond of making a dinosaur garden!
Don’t worry if you haven’t got plants, anything decorative you have around the house will do!
We’ll regularly post videos here from our brilliant Participation team to help you think about playing at home.
Dens, sock puppets, recycling materials, and play cinemas!
Creating a calming space at home
We know home life will be hectic while the schools are closed, so Jordan from our Participation team has some useful tips for making a space at home specifically to help your child relax and calm down.
She also talks about which household materials you could use to help.
Widgit software lets you make your own documents using symbols to aid communication.
It’s a subscription service, and there’s also a 21 day free trial.
The Maths Factor
Usually a paid-for service, Carol Vorderman’s online hub of maths activities and games is free while the schools are closed.
Your child can use their Hwb details to download Microsoft Office at home, and an Education Edition of Minecraft
This is a brilliant site with lots of bilingual resources to help you teach your children at home.
Use this code to use it for free for the next month – UKTWINKLHELPS
Resources made for teachers by WJEC on a variety of subjects, for different ages.
Take a look at these online games, songs, and resources by the team behind Cyw, the Welsh-language programme for young children.
Cbeebies have lots of games and online resources for young children.
They also have games and quizzes to help young children with their Welsh language skills.
If Welsh isn’t your home language, why not use Welsh story and song time videos on YouTube as part of your daily routine.
Atebol have a YouTube playlist with Welsh language stories.
These resources could be used to help young children and children with additional learning needs.
Making a timetable
Keeping a routine can be really important, these might help you to make one with your child.
We’ve added them in different formats – PDF, Word, and JPEG. We hope at least one of them works for you. If not, get in touch with us and we’ll see if we can help.
A selection of images to help you build a timetable.
Monday to Friday
Each day of the week has a column so you can add your own activities.
Now and Next
You could use this to visualise what you are currently doing and to agree what to do next.
Please get in touch with us with any questions you have about the Coronavirus and how children and young people might be affected.
We’ll try our best to answer them, and we’ll post the answers here.
Will EMA payments continue for those who receive them?
Yes. On 19 March we received confirmation from the Welsh Government that EMA payments will be unaffected.
Welsh Government have posted answers to some frequently asked questions about the school closures.
Can a child move between parents’ houses if they don’t live with each other?
Yes. (Updated 24 March)