Supporting you and your Family during the Summer Months

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Working whilst taking care of family can be a daunting prospect and finding ways to keep children occupied during the summer months when your usual sources of support may not be available can present another challenge for busy parents.

Do make use of your annual leave and take breaks to have some time together as a family, it is important that we all take time out from work, especially given the pressures caused by the current situation.

Below we have collated some useful sources of information on activity ideas, wellbeing resources and support, both within the University and the Sheffield area, to help support you and your family during the summer months.


Summer Activity Ideas

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Summer Activity Guide

Our Summer Activity Guide for children contains 6 weeks of activity ideas for both younger and older children, to keep them occupied over the summer holidays.

Department for Education - My Activity Passport

My Activity Passport developed by the Department for Education is an editable activity checklist for children under 11. Although social distancing may mean some activities are not currently feasible, you can tailor the remaining activities to suit your child and their interests.

Radio 2’s Big Bee Challenge

Looking for a new challenge? The BBC have launched a summer competition for children, aged between 6 and 12 years old to have a go at designing a garden that will attract bees and other pollinating insects. You can find out more here.

To celebrate the launch of the competition, the Royal Horticultural Society have created these activity cards for you to try out over the summer.

Woodland Trust - Summer holidays: outdoor activities for kids

The Woodland Trust have put together some ideas to help your family get out and explore the natural world together.

Homeschooling Support

For homeschooling support and activity ideas, please visit the Homeschooling Support webpage.


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Managing Children’s Wellbeing

  • Family Wellbeing Resources - these pages contain information and advice about keeping your family well during the Coronavirus outbreak and beyond.
  • Young Minds have lots of advice, tools and guidance for supporting your child through the Coronavirus pandemic, including a Parent to Parent Advice Guide and a parent helpline.
  • Action for Children have pulled together lots of practical advice on family life and homeschooling including tips for helping your family to cope emotionally with the pandemic and for dealing with parental guilt.


University Support

The Parents Network

The Parents Network is a support community for parents at our University.

Find out more information, including support and resources for parents and carers working from home and looking after children here.

Employers for Carers

In line with our commitment to provide support for staff who need to balance their working commitments and careers with caring responsibilities outside of work, our University became members of Employers for Carers, Carers UK's business forum, in January 2020.

More information is available here.

Staff Helpline - 0800 028 1947

The staff helpline and counselling service is provided by an independent external provider, Health Assured and is a means for all staff and their immediate families to access practical help, information, advice and support to address and resolve problems and issues they may be facing at home or at work.

The service is free, independent, confidential and available 24 hours a day.

More information is available here.


Local Resources

Sheffield Positive Parenting - What's On Summer 2021

The Sheffield Parent Hub is continuing to offer support to parents on a range of issues. Support can be offered over the phone or via video chat and a number of the group programmes are being run over July and August via Zoom.

Find more information on available services and download a copy of the What’s On Guide here.

Sheffield Directory

The Sheffield Directory is an online portal for children and family services, events, activities and childcare in the Sheffield area.

A number of holiday schemes are planning to reopen for the summer with social distancing measures in place. Details of these schemes are listed in the directory here, please note that not all those listed are reopening so you may need to click through directly to their websites to find the most up to date information on their summer plans.

Places to go around Sheffield

Let's Go with the Children is still operating and can help and support you with ideas and information to keep you safe and your children entertained this summer. Please check directly with venues before visiting.