Information for Parents (COVID-19)
Information for Parents (Covid-19)
A message from Access to Education...
During the current school closures, we would like to offer the following information for parents of children and young people who have additional learning needs or a learning difficulty.
This is an extremely unsettling period for you and your children, and whilst it will be important to offer learning opportunities for children or young people, their well-being is paramount.
Schools across Birmingham and the whole country are working hard to ensure children who are not in school have the resources they need to continue their learning at home until they can return to classes. Your child’s or young person’s school should be the first point of contact for information. The activities below are designed to compliment and enrich the work already being provided by your child’s school.
Please click on the logo below for more information and open the 'SEND Free online resources' document at the bottom of this page to find more links to suggested activities which should compliment and enrich the work already being provided by school.
- We're here to help - useful contact details from Birmingham City Council
- Information for parents of children with learning/specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia
- Birmingham Communication and Autism Team help
- Birmingham Educational Psychology Service helpline for parents and carers
- Birmingham Sensory Support Services help
- Birmingham Physical Difficulties Support Service help
- Deep Breathing Excercises - CAT
- Distractions while at home advice - CAT
- Visual Timetables - CAT
- Workstation Area - CAT
Learning at home for children
Schools being closed for a long period of time is daunting for most parents, especially those who have children with SEN. Parents have big adjustments to make. The realities of home schooling and home working on top of hectic schedules are tricky to manage. Here are a few tips we’ve put together to help you over the next couple of months.
- Keep to a routine if you can. This helps to ensure that children don’t get unsettled and allows you to plan in other tasks too.
- Create and follow a timetable. Do this together with your family. Try one subject, a short break, followed by another subject. Lots of schools will be sending out resources for their students to help you.
- Building in outdoor time is important. Try using your garden or outdoor space to play ball games or create learning trails. You can also look at nature through the window and use this as inspiration to make word searches or paint.
- Be creative with activities. Making learning fun will also help, try puzzles, jigsaws, family game time and cooking together.
- Remember to praise and celebrate your children's success. Children will be used to this from school, try creating sticker charts, or star sheets if you don’t have stickers. You could also display work on the wall or fridge.
Keep in mind that things won’t always go to plan, try not to worry, focus on fun and enjoyment as much as possible!
- Birmingham City Council - Coronavirus information & advice for parents and carers of children with SEND
- SEND - Free online resources for COVID19
- SEND Toolkit Widgit Symbols
- Look Say Cover Write Check Template
- Home Learning Reward Chart template
- Top Tips for Developing Talking
- Summer Talk- Promoting Speaking & Listening