COVID-19 Resources for Children, Young People, and Families

Monday 06 April 2020

The government social distancing and self-isolation measures are having a profound impact on the way we all conduct our daily activities and lives. Disruption to our daily routines can often be scary and difficult for children and young people.

We have collated a range of online and downloadable resources for children, young people, and families focused on general information, self-care, physical activity, and learning. Our list represents only a snippet of what is available to support children and young people through these difficult times and we encourage parents, families, and carers to seek out further resources from charities and other organisations.

Please note that NIHR CYP MedTech do not own the rights to any resources listed below and are not responsible for the contents.

Resources updated on Friday 17 April 2020.


RCPCH advice for parents during coronavirus, detailing pathways for treatment of illnesses and injuries at this time

A visual roadmap of the journey into and out of intensive care

Dave the dog is worried about Coronavirus: A book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear

Young Scot guide containing blogs and articles for young people (11-26 years) on common coronavirus questions and information

The latest advice and guidance for carers and young carers to consider during the pandemic

Information, advice, and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak

An easy to read and simple guide to coronavirus for people with learning disabilities, developed by an independent team of people with learning disabilities

Child Bereavement UK feature a number of resources to support and advise bereaved young people


Coronavirus self-care kit with activities and games for children and young people by Dr Kathryn Holden

NHS guide about talking to children about their feelings

Blog for young people about how to look after their mental health when self-isolating

Good news stories about coronavirus aimed at young people

Mental health and wellbeing resources for children and young people

Children’s guide to coronavirus activity pack explaining symptoms of the virus, social distancing, and more

Coronavirus time capsule for children and young people

Access free online themed yoga lessons, mindfulness activities, and relaxation techniques for children and families


NHS physical activity guidelines for babies and young children (0-5 years)

NHS physical activity guidelines for children and young people (5-18 years)

Exercise and activity ideas for children and families produced by health professionals at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Joe Wicks “The Body Coach” daily PE lessons for children and young people

OpenPhysEd is a library of tools, routines, and games to promote physical education

GoNoodle is a free app to engage children and young people in movement and mindfulness exercises


BBC Bitesize provides daily lessons and revision materials for primary and secondary school aged children and young people

Twinkl is an online resource of teacher-created planning and assessment materials, and now includes a parent hub and coronavirus learning support page

UCL Institute of Education have compiled a list of free online education resources for children and young people

Social and emotional learning (SEL) in an unplanned home school setting

Teach from Home is a temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers teach from home