For many parents, these are difficult - and often stressful - times.
Now with the added pressures of helping your kids to keep up with their learning whilst away from the classroom, we look at some helpful home-schooling hacks, as well as some top tips to help you feel calmer and avoid stress overload.
When it comes to home-schooling, it’s always helpful to have some additional resources to hand. So why not start by looking online to see what’s already out there - and how it can help?
Whether you’re home-schooling toddlers or teens, there are lots of resources available, which you and your kids might find useful. For example, BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize - has a range of videos, quizzes and activities to help with home learning, which are broken down into dedicated sections for primary, secondary and post 16 education.
There are also plenty of ideas online for keeping the family fit and active while at home.
Check out the Body Coach’s YouTube channel for Joe Wicks’ PE with Joe sessions or if you have access to 1Life’s Wellbeats programme, there are many options for kids’ fitness classes to choose from too.
Help is at hand
If you need a helping hand during these difficult times, there are organisations available around the country which can offer assistance.
For emergency food support, visit https://endchildfoodpoverty.org/ where you can find help in your local area.
The website is also useful if you are wondering how to support your community at this time, as it includes details of local initiatives, for example food banks and charities, where you can get involved through donating or volunteering.
If home-schooling is a challenge due to a lack of available equipment in your household, the government has also published guidance on how to get help with accessing technology such as laptops, tablets or an internet connection to support remote learning.
Take some time out
Many of us are spending this lockdown period juggling priorities and are busier than ever at the moment, but however pushed for time you are, it’s important to take a few moments where you can to try and recharge.
This could be taking part in an online yoga workout, doing some stretches and breathing exercises or some mindfulness or meditation. And if a long break may seem unrealistic, just try to do what you can. Even a few minutes a day can be beneficial.
Take a look at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/ for some useful tips on mindfulness.
The importance of healthy living
We all know that regular exercise and healthy eating is good for us, so however busy you are with home-schooling don’t forget to incorporate this into your day.
Perhaps you and the kids could take part in an online fitness class or a lunchtime walk or could spend some time cooking a healthy meal together.The 1Life blog contains some great ideas on quick and easy meals, which will be a hit with family members of all ages - https://blog.1life.co.uk/must-try-quick-and-easy-healthy-family-meals
Remember, looking after your mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical health, so take some time to talk to family or friends and check in on how your loved ones are doing.
And if you need additional support or someone to talk to, you can also access resources from charities such as Samaritans or Mind by visiting their websites
Don’t be too hard on yourself
Finally, there are lots of home-schooling articles containing tips from the experts available online, such as this one from The Evening Standard - https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/homeschooling-ideas-uk-create-timetable-a4396186.html - which can help with things like setting a routine, creating a learning timetable and limiting youngsters’ screen time.
But don’t put too much pressure on yourself. We’re living in unprecedented times, so remember not to be too disheartened if some days don’t go to plan. We’re all trying our best.
Keep visiting the 1Life blog for all the latest updates on your local centre and how we’re supporting the community at this time: https://blog.1life.co.uk/