Islington Council have put together a list of resources for Home Working for Early Years Practioners. Some of the stuff is specific to that borough, but there’s some good suggestions for Early Years professional development including: podcasts, forums, blogs, websites and online training resources.
To support NHS workers Frontline19 are offering free online mental health and emotional wellbeing services services, including video counseling.
If you know anyone, or have a parent at your setting who could benefit from this please pass on this link.
If you can, please support our friends at Archfield & Woodland as they raise money for a vital cause in an ingenious (but exhausting!) fashion:
“It is being widely reported in the news that the level of domestic violence during the lockdown period has drastically risen, including deaths due to domestic violence or abuse. Refuge, the national domestic violence charity saw a 700% increase in their website views from one day to the next after a media push letting people know how to access support during lockdown.
You can see the press release here: https://www.refuge.org.uk/refuge-sees-700-increase-in-website-visits/
We of course know that many children will be living in the homes of which this domestic abuse or violence is happening and have no escape in school or other activities.
SO we have decided to create ourselves a challenge, aiming to raise some much needed funds for Refuge to enable them to support families during the COVID pandemic.
Any of you who have walked from the very bottom of Archfield to the very top will know that it feels like a mountain in itself. We are going to use this to our advantage, the core staff team at Woodfield have volunteered to climb the equivalent of Mt. Everest over 10 working days (Over 52,000 steps!).
We still have a number of children and families attending each day and we only have around 20% of our team within the core staff and the fact we are only counting the stairs up, 1,000 stair climbs (52 stairs a pop) is no mean feat in 10 days (our core team are also working around 60-80% of their usual working hours)! From our research it usually takes around 40 days to climb Mt. Everest.
We recognise that these are tough times financially for some but there are other ways to support us even if you cannot donate yourself.
We would really appreciate it if you share our JustGiving page (link below) so we can reach a wider group of potential donators. If you are able to, please donate anything you can to our fundraising page and share it on your social media or with friends or family to spread the word!
We start our challenge today and will complete it as soon as possible within the 10 working days! PLEASE help us to help some of those who need at most during these strange and difficult times.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page to keep updated on how we are getting on!”