At Dean Field, we understand that this is a worrying time for everybody. We are dedicated in supporting children and young people to cope with the changes surrounding the current COVID-19 issues, such as school closures, social distancing and the additional health and hygiene routines in place.
Here are some helpful links for both children and parents to access during this difficult time
Healthy Early Years Calderdale is an online health and well-being guide for parents of children aged birth to five years. http://www.healthyearlyyears.co.uk/
Open Minds Partnership (was Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – CAMHS)
Are you a parent/carers, young person or professionals who has concerns about the emotional health of a young person? Please contact the First Point of Contact:
Young Minds have a page all about talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing:
Healthy Futures Calderdale
NEW! ChatHealth: an NHS-approved secure and confidential text messaging service for school-aged children and their families in Calderdale.
ChatHealth is brought to you by Healthy Futures Calderdale, and allows you to get in touch with a healthcare professional, at the touch of a button, for advice and support about physical health or emotional wellbeing.
Access the service: TEXT 07480 635297 (young people) or 07507 332157 (parents/carers) to start a conversation.
From 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, we have experienced clinicians waiting to help. Messages outside this time frame will receive an automated response letting you know when you will receive a reply, and who to contact to get immediate help.
Place2Be have written a guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing:
Time Out Listening Line is support and advice line for 10-19 year olds struggling with lockdown:
Phone: 01422 345154, Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm.
The Children’s Commissioner will support you to answer children’s questions and tell them how to stay safe. How they can protect other people and make the best of their time at home.
BBC News will support you to speak to children about coronavirus
A free digital book to help primary-aged children to understand coronavirus. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the Illustrator of The Gruffalo.
A free digital book to help primary-aged children to understand that it is ok to feel worried about the changes going on at the moment.
The following are all apps recommended by gov.uk:
Brain Parade is a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs. http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/
HelpKidzLearn is a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.
Sensory App House Ltd is a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.
Visual2Go is an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.