Doing our bit for lockdown and home schooling

So much has happened since we last updated the blog. It is hard to believe that we are now in the middle of potentially 3-6 months of lockdown and home schooling for millions of children. We have been using our social media channels to keep everyone updated with what we are doing to help with home schooling. As a new business launched only in February just before the Coronavirus emerged in the UK we have barely had a chance to get off the ground working face to face in schools but we are determined to keep going and so everything has now been diverted to online.

We have developed a full set of resources for English, Maths and Science for Reception through to Year 2 which have been featured by Money Saving Expert in their newsletter and on their Facebook Page. We also have a downloadable Easter Activity Book available now. You can download these from Our new online shop and we are happy to report that they have been downloaded just under 10,000 times already during the two weeks we offered them free of charge. We are now offering all our downloadable resources for the greatly discounted price of 99p, with the aim of sustaining the publishing side of our business whilst offering unique and easy to use resources throughout lockdown.

We have also been chosen by TIDE business banking to be featured across their social media for our efforts to help parents who are trying to get to grips with home schooling.

Our newest initiative is to launch

THE CHILDREN’S GAZETTE is a free downloadable magazine packed full of writing, photography and artwork created by children from across the UK during lockdown. The website has lots of ideas for writing, photography and art projects which can be done easily from home which will be updated regularly.

We are so looking forward to putting this together and have already had some fantastic submissions. We are allowing children to add a message to their grandparents of other family member alongside their submissions so we can recreate a sense of community.

Educompendium can also offer a bespoke study support service for families alongside our free offer as we attempt to maintain some of the usual elements of the business. If you would like further details of how we can help them please do get in touch using our contact form.

How to talk to your child about Coronavirus

It’s a conundrum isn’t it? In our constantly connected world, we sometimes don’t realise how much of the big media stories our children are absorbing and what effect it may be having upon them. I was driving my youngest, aged ten, to school the other morning and had the radio on in the car. There was a phone-in with some experts about the possible issues and impacts on everyday life that a more widespread coronavirus epidemic may bring. My youngest is usually a chatterer, especially on car journeys – we get to talking about every topic under the sun on our way to school! This particular morning though, I suddenly became aware that he actually hadn’t said a single word. My immediate thought was that he might be feeling poorly, so I asked him if he was feeling ok. He said he was, but I could immediately tell that something wasn’t quite right. As I drove the short distance between his elder siblings school and his own he suddenly blurted out –“I’m sick of hearing about the coronavirus!”

It wasn’t difficult to work out that he had been worried by the content of the phone-in that I had been listening to. Experts had been talking about the death rate in China, self-isolating and having an underlying health condition such as asthma, which my son had when he first started school. It made me think – how often do our  youngsters go online and see a news headline which is scary? Even if they don’t actually visit a news website and read further, Google, MSN and other search engines will invariably have a headline on their opening pages. Do we often have the news on in the background whilst making dinner, unaware that the content may stick in the minds of particularly, younger children and cause them to worry? When a big news story is breaking like the spread of coronavirus worldwide or the latest terrorist atrocity, is this something we should be much more aware of?

What did I do with this worried child in the few remaining moments I had to settle him before arriving at school? Well I don’t believe in brushing things under the carpet, neither did I want him unduly worrying. I took the approach of explaining to him that yes, there is an illness called Coronavirus which has affected people mainly in China (at the point when we were speaking there were few cases outside of China and this was a mainly pre-emptive phone-in aimed at people who were thinking of travelling abroad) I told him that it like the flu and that we all needed to remember to wash our hands and if we sneezed to use a tissue then throw it away. I also told him that the people most likely to be affected are those who are much much older than him and that there are lots of plans in place to make sure that everyone who gets the virus will be really well looked after. By talking briefly and factually I was able to allay my son’s fears.

If you are going to speak to your child about Coronavirus some things to think about include:

  • Taking into account their general level of fear about health-related issues. Some children can have a strong fear of germs which can be hugely exacerbated in situations such as the current one.
  • Give advice that matches that being given by the school and health authorities – conflicting advice helps no one.
  • Remind your child about hand washing and provide them with tissues. Washing hands when they come in from playtime and when they come home from school is a good routine for any school day.
  • Limit their exposure to news reports about the coronavirus situation, but if they do have questions don’t brush them off – answer honestly and factually in a way appropriate for their age.
  • Try to hide any worries you may have as your anxiety will pass on to your children. Heading to the supermarket with children in tow and proceeding to stockpile toilet rolls, cleaning fluids and tinned food as I have seen in recent days, is not going to do anything but panic the children.

The Covid-19 story has progressed in quite a major way as the days have passed since our conversation and it could well be that my son’s everyday life may eventually start to be impacted by the spread of the virus around the country. Emails have been sent from both schools that my children attend, and I have continued to remind them about the importance of handwashing throughout the day.  I’m keeping up to date with the latest coronavirus developments and will make my own contingency plans when needed, but for now though, for my children, it is business as usual.

Here at Educompendium we are developing a resource pack for parents of Primary aged children packed full of activities to help families cope should widescale school shutdowns need to take place.  If you would like to be kept informed as to its availability or would like further information about our online tuition email