COVID-19 Support

Dear Parents and Carers,

This has been a difficult time for us all and I wanted to say a big thank you from the staff at Lydiard Millicent CE Primary and Ridgeway Farm CE Academy, for abiding by the advice given by the Government to keep your children at home, wherever possible.

In the meantime, our academies remain committed to enabling those workers, critical to the response to coronavirus, to attend their workplace over the coming weeks and months.

If you are one of those workers and if you cannot keep your child/children at home, we will do our utmost to provide a safe place for them, while you are at work.

To support through such a difficult time we have compiled some resources and links that we think might be of help. This will grow and develop as we discover more.

A helpline has been created by the government to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email:

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) 


Coronavirus: Keep it simple, stick to facts – how parents should tell kids – BBC

BPS Talking to children about Coronavirus

Coronavirus Workbook for Children

Simple Coronavirus social story for school closure

Wilstshire Looking After Yourself guidance

MIND Coronavirus mental health advice

MENCAP Easy Read Information about Coronavirus

Coronavirus Social story MindHeart

MindHeart Covibook – A story about coronavirus – 18 languages

NASP Parent guide for talking to children about coronavirus

ChildMind: Talking to Children

ELSA Story about Coronavirus


For those families with children who have additional needs:

Carol Gray – Social Story About Pandemics and Coronavirus

Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies

Anna Freud Self-Care Infographic

CBT podcast released by the BABCP for young people giving basic psycho-education and helpful advice

Supporting those with sensory issues around handwashing


Social Story Corona Virus The Autism Educator

WHO helping-children-cope-with-stress