Guidance for parents

Find learning in everyday activities

Learning can be found in the everyday activities that you have around you. Take time to discuss and ask questions and encourage your young adult to do the same to you, and above all, remember to have fun. 

Here are three guidelines to assist you with learning at home, and to support you in maintaining the wellbeing of you and your family: 

Be realistic about what you can do 

Be realistic about what you can do by:

  • providing your child with a structure at home
  • experiment, find out what's working. Ask your child to involve them as well
  • share the load, if there are 2 parents or another adult at home  
  • give the new routine time to settle, take care of your own health and wellbeing 

Keep to a schedule

Children and adults like to know what is happening in the day. This also helps to avoid arguments and confirms expectations:

  • create and stick to a routine  
  • involve your child in setting the timetable/schedule where possible. Help them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership. For 11 to 14 years old it may mean starting the day at 11am  
  • check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. A couple of hours screen times ‘talking to a friend’ may be better for their wellbeing
  • designate a working space if possible

Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day

If you have a garden or balcony, try to use it regularly. If you don’t, try to get out (following Government advice) to do some exercise, for example go on a:

  • run
  • walk
  • cycle

Curriculum, literacy and mathematics

Our parents' guides to curriculum, literacy and mathematics are provided for you below:

Parents' guide to the new curriculum

Literacy guide for parents and carers (English)

Literacy guide for parents and carers (Portuguese)

Literacy guide for parents and carers (Polish)

Mathematics parent guide (English)

Mathematics parent guide (Portuguese)

Mathematics parent guide (Polish)

Useful links

Link Age Description Cost
Feeling Angry Checklist 5 to 16 years Some strategies to help young people when they feel angry Free
Raising Teens During Lockdown
11 to 14+ years
A podcast where parents and teens share views about lockdown and the opening of schools
Requires free sign up to a BBC account