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.

LAST UPDATE: 10pm 31/03/20 – newly posted info is identified with ***

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

Links to useful resources for helping children:

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

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).

*** 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

*** 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.

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

Further information from Zero To Thrive is available on Helping young kids through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

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

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

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.

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FOR ADULTS – prioritising self-care and self-compassion is crucial too

Links to useful resources for adults:

*** 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

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: