Supporting you and your Family during the Winter Months
Working whilst taking care of family can be a daunting prospect and finding ways to keep children occupied during the winter months when your usual sources of support may not be available can present another challenge for busy parents.
These are extraordinary circumstances and the expectation is that you should do what you can, when you can. You may need to take a flexible and pragmatic approach as to how you balance your work and home life depending on your personal circumstances.
Do also 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, homeschooling resources and support, both within the University and the Sheffield area, to help support you and your family during the winter months.
Supporting Children Going Back to School
Many children may be excited at the prospect of going back to school and being able to see their friends again. However, others young people be worried or feel nervous, and it will be a big transition for all. The below resources may be useful for supporting your child's wellbeing:
Winter Activity Ideas
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.
Twinkl - Home Learning Hub
This Hub provides a new set of free, daily activities for every day of the week for children up to 16 that you can access and download whenever you need inspiration.
Woodland Trust - Lockdown Activities for Kids in Winter
The Woodland Trust have put together some ideas to help your family discover nature on your doorstep during lockdown and over the coming months.
Save the Children
Save the Children have put together some ideas to help children get creative and fire up their imaginations while they’re at home.
Graves Park Animal Farm
Graves Park Animal Farm are regularly going 'live' on their Facebook page with videos of the animals and opportunities to ask questions with the farmers.
Managing Children’s Wellbeing
Please check out the sites and links for home learning ideas shared by Sheffield City Council below.
These are not to replace any remote learning put in place by your school but are to provide some extra help should you need it.
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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.
Government and Local Council Support
Sheffield Positive Parenting - What's On Winter 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.
The Sheffield Directory is an online portal for children and family services, events, activities and childcare in the Sheffield area.
The gorvernment have collated some guidance on forming a childcare bubble with another household here. Childcare bubbles are seperate to support bubbles. You can find government guidance on support bubbles here.