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News bulletin – 8th June 2020

11.6.20 6.30 – 8.30pm Knowledge Makes Change seminar: Jan Dubiel will speak on: “Significantly Different and Substantially the Same”: Examining Core Principles of Early Childhood Education within the context of retransition following the pandemic. This seminar will be held online by invitation only. To book your place go to


18.6.20 Exploring Hybrid Pedagogy webinar

Recent reviews have indicated a tension between child-led, play-based pedagogic approaches and adult-led or directed, formal pedagogic approaches and evidence which suggested that a ‘balanced approach’ between these two alternative pedagogies might be more effective in the EYFS. However, the Centre for Educational Research’s work had suggests that rather than ‘balance’, a ‘fusion’ in pedagogic approaches was more effective. Join the webinar to find out more.


The SWAN Framework: Safe Welcoming All together Nurturing


These videos and the accompanying guided discussion template aim to enable you to use the SWAN framework as a springboard for thinking about the return to school for children and adults.


Young Children at Home during the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is not selfish or indulgent—it’s how we keep ourselves well to ensure we are physically, emotionally, and mentally capable of being there for our young children.

What do all these new words mean?

With the coronavirus pandemic, there are now lots of new words for us to learn. This easy read guide for words about coronavirus and what they mean provides a glossary for young children and adults.


Books and stories for children and young people

Dave the dog is worried about coronavirus and so Nurse Dotty talks to him clearly about the current situation and the things that Dave can do to stay safe and healthy.

Staying home

Lots of children and young people may be asking questions about why they cannot see their friends or family right now. The Staying Home Story follows a ‘day in the life’ of a family and all the questions that young children might ask.

Missing out on the things we love

In this therapeutic story we meet the little elf who missed his birthday party. The story also comes with guidance for adults including questions you might like to ask children about their thoughts and feelings.

The Coronavirus book for children and young people uses a question and answer format to help answer questions that children might have. This book may be more suited to older children.

MindHeart Covibook – A story about coronavirus

This MindHeart information and activity book about coronavirus would be an way to open up a conversation about children’s concerns.

The book is available in 18 languages (including Portuguese, Polish and Romanian) and it encourages children to label their current feelings and offers specific advice on things they can do to stay healthy.

Mencap easy read

Mencap have produced an easy read information sheet about coronavirus. This would be particularly useful for children, young people or adults whose understanding is improved with visuals and when information is given in bitesize chunks.

The easy read version covers what coronavirus is, what to do if you think you have it, and how to help stop the spread.