Updated 21/1/2021

Homeschooling during COVID-19: How one family is doing it

Since UK schools have closed and everyone has been advised to “stay home”, families across the UK are facing challenges that no-one could have expected at the start of the year. Keeping your child’s education on track, managing their disappointment from exams being cancelled and avoiding cabin fever as a family are all hurdles that parents are facing at the moment.

My Tutor spoke to Emma Bradley, parent, qualified teacher and founder of blog Emmaand3, to find out how she’s guiding her three children through this tough time at home.

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Every Mind Matters

Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the pandemic. With children and young people now back at school or college, the new Public Health England (PHE) Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them.

The new advice available on the Every Mind Matters website has been developed in partnership with leading children and young people’s mental health charities, including Young MindsThe MixPlace2Be and The Anna Freud Centre. It is designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and support them, and also provides advice that can help maintain good mental wellbeing. The site also provides tools to help young people build resilience and equips them to look after their mental wellbeing.

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Children’s Community Health Services and COVID-19


A video and literature have been developed to give an idea of what to expect if attending a face to face appointment.



Aquarius Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service

Aquarius is a young people’s drug and alcohol service for 5-18 year olds. They provide a confidential space and do not judge.

If you, or someone you know, is aged between 5 and 18 years of age, and lives in Central Bedfordshire or Bedford Borough, please call 0330 008 3925, or call/text/WhatsApp 07467 336203.

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ThinkNinja is an app specifically designed to educate 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well.

Think Ninja app

Before coronavirus, ThinkNinja was a commissioned service only, made available in parts of the country through the NHS, schools, local authorities as well as charities working with young people.  Access was then provided to all children and young people aged 10-18 years old via an access code.


The new content is designed to bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who maybe experiencing increased anxiety and stress during this time. An increase in usage from those already accessing the App was highlighted in March, which was a significant indication that young people were worried about the virus.

Valentina (15), one of our young volunteers, took it upon herself to try out ‘Think Ninja’ for two weeks, to which she has provided an honest and reliable review of the app.


Bedfordshire Community Health Services

Bedfordshire Community Health Services have created a new website page for their Bedfordshire Services, and all the latest information regarding these services, during this outbreak, click on this link.


Bedfordshire Community Health Services have a centralised single point of access number for all Bedfordshire children’s services: 0300 555 0606.

The only exceptions to this are:

  • Community nursing and continuing care services: 01234 310103
  • Nutrition and dietetics service (for children and adults): 01582 707400
  • Parentline, our confidential text message service connecting parents and health visitors, will continue to be available to text on 07507 331456
  • ChatHealth, the confidential text messaging service for 11-19 year olds will continue to be available to text on 07507 331450


Information for children

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have produced a fact sheet to help children understand what Coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to help stop the virus spreading.


How are charities and other organisations helping us during the Covid-19 Pandemic?

  • Autism Bedfordshire have a variety of free services which we hope will help families during the current lockdown. https://www.autismbedfordshire.net/support-for-children/autism-bedfordshire-covid-19-support-services/
  • The Princes Trust have pulled together some of the most useful advice, guidance and resources so 11-30 year olds can continue to upskill by developing their confidence and abilities during this challenging time, as well as find the answers to questions on work and self-employment. They also have a live chat for advice and guidance. https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/coronavirus-response/resource-centre
  • ELFT is offering a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support through its Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service: www.bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk or 01234 880400 – telephone line open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm – online link available 24/7.
  • ChildLine has produced a short video about depression for young people.
  • The CAMHS service has a Cope-ometer to help younger children understand the link between stresses and mental health – but it applies to all of us!
  • CHUMS mental health and emotional wellbeing service for Children and Young People can be contacted via their website.
  • Carers in Bedfordshire are still here for carers. They are still also accepting new referrals. Please call their telephone support service on 0300 111 1919 between 9.30am and 4.30pm, or visit their website.
  • Kooth is a free emotional support service for young people aged 11-18 years old https://www.kooth.com
  • Rehab for addiction help you or your loved-one locate professional recovery services that are most suited to your needs and particular addiction https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk