As we continue to adapt to a different way of working or studying remotely during the Coronavirus pandemic, many of our wider King’s Community will be studying, alongside caring for children, parents or a family pet, and managing many demanding aspects of their personal and professional lives at the same time.

We’ve put together a list of some resources which can help to support you, while looking after dependents when remote studying.

Student Advice & Guidance have also created a video series about childcare while studying which you may also find useful - Childcare for Student Parents.


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This article includes guidance on the following topics: 


Looking after your wellbeing
During this period of uncertainty, it’s important to take care of your well being,
 especially if you are looking after dependents too. 
Carers UK have put together some helpful guidance for looking after your well-being as a carer, and provides useful tips on stress management and taking regular breaks. We also have a useful article on support for mental health and well-being during social distancing, with a range of useful resources and tips on how best to take care of your well-being during this period. 

 

Looking after your physical health
As a member of the King's Community, you can access a wide range of free online exercise classes, run by King's Sport through their BeActive sessions. Take a look at our article all about King's Sport to find out what they offer.


There are also a wide range of fun activities that children can get stuck in while at home such as Free yoga classes for Children on Youtube, PE with Joe Wicks and  Dancing with Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse.

 

Online learning resources for children
There are plenty of free online learning resources available for children to engage with indoors. We've put together a list of popular resources below:  

If you’d like some support with home-schooling, take a look at some tips on home schooling and creating a timetable at home.
 

Getting healthcare support for children
If you are worried that your child is particularly vulnerable, or has a pre-existing, long-term health condition, Great Ormond Street Hospital has some helpful information for parents and carers for children who may be particularly vulnerable. 

Helping children to understand the coronavirus pandemic
With the fast-changing nature of our lives at present, it can be easy for children to feel sad, confused or upset, due to the disruption of their daily routine. Having an open and honest conversation with your children about the ongoing situation, alongside explaining all the steps and decisions being made to protect them, can help to relieve any feelings of anxiety. 

Save the Children has put together some advice about how best to explain the outbreak to children.

Childcare support for parents and carers who are key workers with children under 18
If you or your spouse are key workers, you can find out if you are eligible for additional support with childcare on the Childcare for Critical Workers web page.


Guidance from gov.uk for parents and carers with children under 18
If you are looking after children attending both primary and secondary school, the government has issued guidance for schools and other educational settings, that should be followed by Parents and Carers during the outbreak.


Support for vulnerable groups
If you have concerns about you, or any of your family members that might be experiencing domestic, sexual abuse or violence,  Women’s Aid have guidance for Women and Children who may be at risk.


You can also access guidance from Macmillan Cancer support on looking after loved ones receiving cancer treatment.
 

Looking after the elderly
If you are looking after an elderly parent or relative, there are a number of useful online resources you can access to support you. 

Support from your faculty/department
Each department or faculty has support they can offer you. Depending on which department you're in, here are some contacts for further support:

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