On this page you will find links to a range of home schooling resources and fun activities for your child.
We also have a dedicted page of services providing Mental health and wellbeing help and support for your child or young person
Parent Zone offers free advice and free log in access to schools and organisations. The site focuses on digital family life. Their sister site, Parent Info, offers wider information about online safety.
Free Level 2 Distance Learning courses for over 19s - Trafford College
Trafford Speech and Language Therapy Facebook page will continue to be updated with resources.
Trafford SENAS / TEDS Portage Service Top Tips for Children Returning Post Lock Down - handy tips and guidance pack for welcoming back children with SEND to Early Years settings and nurseries
The Department for Education have compiled a list of online educational resources to support children’s education at home
10 top tips to encourage children to read - Government information to help parents think about ways to make reading enjoyable and engaging.
Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Government advice for parents and carers looking after primary school children.
Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Government Advice for parents and carers of early years children who have not yet started school.
eBooks are available from:
- Trafford Libraries (although the libraries themselves are closed until Monday 6 July)
- Oxford Owl (requires parent to create a free account)
Daily writing activities - Pobble 365
Writers reading stories - Storytime Online
Free Phonics activities - PhonicsPlay
Gorse Hill Studios Creative Community - ACE (Alternative Creative Education) have put together a learning pack covering core subjects and a variety of Unit Awards in the Arts, Music and Independent Living Skills.
Create to Connect are sharing creative challenges to do at home, inluding free downloadable activity packs for families and teachers and over 200 participatory activities to #GetCreativeAtHome
Draw with Rob Art Classes - Rob Biddulph
IWMN learning resources - International War Museum North
Free easy Science activities online - Mystery Science
Christmas Lectures: Engaging and mind-expanding television - The Royal Institution
The Maths Factor activities - Carol Vorderman
Free CS programming activities for anyone to access - Girls Who Code
Programming games - Blocky Games
Twinkl Home learning Hub - free access with code CVDTWINKLHELPS
BBC Bitesize and coming soon BBC Teach - resources and lessons from Early Years up to 16+
4500 kid friendly educational videos - The Kids Should See This
OpenLearn Free Courses - The Open University
Boredom Busting free courses collection - Future Learn
Free online courses - Coursera
Learning activities online - Clever Learner
Private tuition and home education listings on Trafford Directory
Supporting home learning
Education Endowment Foundation have produced a number of resources that outline straightforward ways in which you can identify learning opportunities in everyday routines and build them into your home life.
Fun things to do
Babies and pre-schoolers (0-5)
Hungry Little Minds - ideas and activities for babies and toddlers at every stage of development
BBC's Tiny Happy People - activities and speech development from 0-5
40+ indoor activities for toddlers (Ages 1-3) - Busy Toddler
50+ activities for preschool age children (Ages 3-4) - Busy Toddler
Stay at Home Story Time with author Oliver Jeffers
101 awesome activities for kids (Ages 5- 8) - Care.com
The Scouts UK have launched The Great Indoors project to help keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) Age 6-18
Story time - with David Walliams
Adventures at Home - Girl Guiding UK
Indoor activities for tweens (Ages 8-12) - Busy Toddler
Online events - Fantastic for Families
50 fun things to do with the kids in lockdown - Manchester Evening News
Exercise and wellbeing
Trafford Leisure will be bringing you advice and guidance for indoor exercises and will also provide our members with complimentary access to Les Mills On Demand, so you and your family can continue your exercise regime at home:
Free online fitness classes for kids to livestream - Manchester Evening News
Song and dance classes (Ages 0-4) - Kangaroo Kids4
Yoga With Adriene - free online yoga and meditation videos/courses
Virtual tours and live webcams
Manchester Musuem in quarantine virtual tours - Manchester Museum
Science Museum Group Online - including Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
Live Earth Views on Youtube - NASA
Tours, activities and videos posted on Facebook - Chester Zoo
Live Panda, Tiger, Penguin, Rockhopper Penguin and Koala Webcams - Edinburgh Zoo
500 Museums online - Google Arts and Culture collections
The Museum of the World timeline - The British Museum
Free National Play streaming every Thursday (check age suitability) - The National Theatre
Remember to stay in touch with family and friends
It is important to maintain out emotional wellbeing as well as learning and playing so remember to stay in touch with extended family and friends. Here are some free ways to call/video call over the internet.