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Coronavirus (Covid-19) activities and resources for families whilst at home

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    

If you ae looking for whole family support head over to the Early Help page or take a look at the online parenting courses that are available free of charge. 


Home Learning 

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:

Daily writing activities - Pobble 365

Writers reading stories - Storytime Online



Free Phonics activities - PhonicsPlay


Creative arts

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


Primary (5-11)

101 awesome activities for kids (Ages 5- 8) -

Check out Great Books Our Recommendations for children and young people over at Bookstart

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


Secondary (11+)

Take part in Gorse Hill Studios "Get Creative" challenge, over at their Facebook


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:

Online PE classes, 9am Monday to Friday (All ages) - Joe Wicks

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

How to explore London's top musuems from home and How to explore London's top art galleries from home - Mums Do Travel

Lots of livecams of animals, sanctuaries and rescues - Explore

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.

WhatsApp messaging, voice and video calling

Zoom voice and video calling.            

Simple activities to do with your child to support their online safety - Think U Know