In this time of uncertainly and rapid change, please use this page as a ‘go to’ for a variety of resources relating to helping the children we live or work with – and ourselves – navigate this new era as best we can. We will be updating it as and when needed.

The IMHAANZ FAN Training Team have recorded a webinar on Mindful Self-Regulation for COVID-19 which is offered for free to those working in frontline/helping roles. CLICK HERE to find out more and access this.

You can also follow us on Facebook for daily doses of info + inspiration.

There are 4 sections to this page, each with links to further resources:

1. to support children

2. for parents + early childhood professionals

3. for pregnant women +new mothers

4. for Infant Mental Health Workers (+ all helping professionals).


FOR CHILDREN – helping them make sense of what is going on is important

Links to useful resources for helping children:

Dr Michelle Dickinson, aka Nanogirl, has a great informational video on Coronavirus explained (for kids).

The Ministry of Education has a page about Talking to children about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

Illustrator Axel Scheffler has co-created an excellent downloadable book called Coronavirus – a book for children to help explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.

Sesame Street have started a page called Caring For Each Other which has videos, games and art ideas for young children.

A comprehensive and useful toolkit for Supporting individuals with autism through uncertain times from UNC FPG Child Development Institute Autism Team.

For young children, this video titled Time to Come In, Bear explains Physical (Social) Distancing in an easy to understand way.

Further information from Zero To Thrive is available on Helping young kids through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, including an infographic on the importance of routines for kids.

From Child Trends, a useful page on Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

An article from The New York Times outlining why children may be afraid of masks which also has ideas for how to help with this.


FOR PARENTS + EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS – having resources + support makes the journey smoother

Links to user-friendly information for parents + ECE professionals:

The NZ Government COVID-19 page has information for Parents and caregivers with guidance for parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers.

New Zealand organisation, All Right?, has a user-friendly + informative website with a special section just for Parents and Whānau.

A dedicated webpage on the Child Mind Institute website about Supporting Families During COVID-19.

Some of our favourites from this site are:

The Center on the Developing Child has some succinct ideas on How to Support Children (and Yourself) During the COVID-19 Outbreak, with extra links and resources to explore.

A comprehensive Parent/Caregiver Guide to helping families cope with the coronavirus disease 2019 from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Zero To Three has a page of links called Tips for Families: Coronavirus which covers age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care and activities for young children experiencing physical (social) distancing

If you are interested in the science of resilience, Developmental Science has a longer read on Pandemic 2020: Will the Kids Be All Right? Lessons on Parenting from 100 Years of Crises.


FOR PREGNANT WOMEN + NEW MOTHERS – knowing the latest information is useful

According to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists:

  • Pregnant women don’t seem to become more severely unwell from COVID-19 than the general population
  • Infection doesn’t seem to increase the risk of miscarriage
  • There is no evidence the virus can pass from pregnant mother to baby
  • There is no evidence the virus will cause abnormalities in an unborn baby
  • Caesarean section or induction of labour does not seem necessary to reduce the risk of transmission from mother to child
  • Some babies born to women with symptoms of COVID-19 in China were born prematurely, but it’s unclear whether this was due to the virus or doctors’ decisions
  • Newborn babies and infants don’t seem to be at increased risk of complications
  • COVID-19 does not seem to pass from mother to child through breastmilk, so breastfeeding is still encouraged, although women with the virus should be extra careful with hygiene and consider wearing a face mask while feeding.

From www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-03-24/coronavirus-covid-babies-pregnancy-children-kids/12080892

Click here to access the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Information Hub which is updated regularly.

The New Zealand College of Midwives also has an excellent range of resources and information.

And the Ministry of Health has COVID-19 information for pregnant women, and those who have recently given birth and Breastfeeding advice for women who have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.


FOR INFANT MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS (+ ALL HELPING PROFESSIONALS) – prioritising self-care and self-compassion is crucial too

Links to useful resources for professionals:

Australian mindfulness organisation, Smiling Mind, has launched Thrive Inside: a special initiative to help people stay calm and healthy in the physical constraints of their home, while remaining calm and healthy inside their mind.

A useful two page document from the NZ Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience™ on Real-time Resilience Strategies for Coping with Coronavirus.

An excellent (and quick) read from The Mighty which explains why many of us are cycling through multiple emotions daily: 10 COVID-19 Emotions You’re Not the Only One Having.

Mindful.org has a wealth of mindfulness practices for you to try, including one on How to Practice Gratitude.

Tips and suggestions for managing Coronavirus and your wellbeing from Mind UK.

Information to manage anxiety and stress from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And remember:

With thanks to Zero To Thrive for their infographics used on this page.

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