Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice and Resources for Foster Carers
We are all currently finding ourselves in extraordinary circumstances. The coronavirus is having a significant impact on everyday life; globally and on each and every one of us.
We at Perpetual Fostering want to reassure you that we are still here for you, our foster carers and our children and young people. You are all part of our fostering community, and advice and support is always available from your supervising social worker or anyone of our team of dedicated professionals.
With school closures now implemented, the fostering community is faced with an additional challenge. We are currently liaising with Local Authorities to find out what the announcement of school closures means for all of our families and the children we care for and we will keep you informed and updated.
Updates will be found on our website to provide you with more detailed information on fostering and the impact of the virus, as well as our Facebook page. We are also developing a page for foster carers with useful resources about speaking to children and young people about the virus, maintaining wellbeing, and ideas for education and nurturing at home. Please keep checking back as we will be updating these pages regularly.
Our phone line ( 01204 364666) is open as usual, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you and we are ready to assist with any fostering related queries, including those arising as a result of coronavirus. In addition to our helplines, please make use of the Government’s dedicated coronavirus helpline 0800 046 8687.
We are aware that the recent developments are unsettling. Please be assured that our priority is that all our children and young people, fostering families are well supported and we will be here to provide you with information and advice throughout.
Best wishes and stay safe,
Lisa & the Perpetual Fostering Team
Help & Information For Parents
The Number Fun Portal is offering 30 days unlimited access free of charge to games, songs, videos and activities that cover the primary mathematics curriculum with videos for parents to explain how your children are learning mathematics at school.
https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/ – free to all. This website has everything to support the curriculum.
https://www.twinkl.co.uk Twinkl are currently providing Home Learning resources to help with distance learning. A pop up will appear for the Free Home Learning Packs. Click access now to download.
https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/ – free to all parents – this site has activities and tasks for all areas of the curriculum and is easy to navigate (great for Science and other topics).
Useful Information Links
Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
Guidance about maintaining educational provision for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision
Social distancing for vulnerable people: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
PE lessons with Joe Wicks: https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html