Latest Coronavirus update
General coronavirus advice and updates
Due to the current situation and the changes that are happening daily, we cannot be held responsible for the external information on this page that changes without our notice.
For information and updates on keeping safe, and current Council and Central Government advice and resources, visit the Bedford Borough coronavirus information page. https://www.bedford.gov.uk/social-care-health-and-community/public-health/coronavirus/
For the latest NHS advice and guidance regarding the Coronavirus please click here
Bedford Borough Council
Coronavirus information can be accessed here
Bedford Borough Community Hub: If you can help, or need help, find out about the community hub here
We have compiled a list of tips and advice for families on supporting their and their children's wellbeing regarding coronavirus here
Bedford Borough Psychology team have produced the look after yourself, and look after children document full of advise and ideas for both physical and mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak here
Coronavirus and your wellbeing, by Mind UK:
5 ways to wellbeing, by Mindkit:
Note: as the situation and sources of information are developing, the above tips and links may be updated.
Latest local service updates
Bedfordshire Community Health Service
How Coronavirus is affecting our service click here
Mental Health Crisis support during Corona Virus
Updates from ELFT, and MIND are available here
CAMHS have implented their temporary Covid 19 plan details here
24th March 2020
Autism Bedfordshire COVID-19 Support Services can be viewed here
Bedford libraries and online virtual services
Coronavirus Response from Bedford Borough Libraries and how to access a wide range of FREE online services click here
Nurse led clinics for children with additional needs
Extended telephone drop in hours details here
Kooth the online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people aged 11 -19 is still avialable further details here
Local Offer Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/BBLocalOffer/ The local offer facebook page can be accessed here latest service updates, lots of FREE ideas and resources on how to educate the children such as daily PE lessons with the body coach at 9am, through to range of Stage shows, musicals and opera you can watch online now for free
Local vulnerable shopping times
I managed to get through to M&S and they said bring a letter or something that proves your child/young people is in the vulnerable category e.g. email from social worker, and your ID. I tried to get hold of the others however i expect it will be the same criteria.
8-9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday reserved for NHS and social care workers alongside elderly and vulnerable customers
Prioritised a one-hour slot for elderly and vulnerable every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am in all stores except smaller Express shops.
Protected shopping period for the elderly and vulnerable at every store which will take place during the first opening hour so in Bedford that will be 7:30 to 8:30am
First hour of trading – Priority hours for elderly and vulnerable people
Check your local store opening hours here https://www.iceland.co.uk/store-finder
M&S Food Hall
First hour of trading Monday and Thursday for vulnerable people from 8am to 9am
Department of Education helpline
The Department of Education have set up a dedicated helpline to answer questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Some useful links:
LDE - COVID info for people with LD/autism and family carers
Here are the web pages Learning Disability England (LDE) are developing to share information and resources about the virus and what you can to do to stay safe and well, and how people are staying connected and finding solutions
Talking to children about Coronavirus
Advice on talking to children about Coronavirus, by British Psychological Society:
How to talk to your child about coronavirus, by Unicef:
Child-friendly explanation of Coronavirus for Primary age students:
Information video on Coronavirus for Primary age children (KS2), by Brainpop:
Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults, by WHO:
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
Maths blogger doing tutorials online
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Home science activities
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
- Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old
- Needs Level
- SEN Provision Type