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Early Help support to children and families - videos

We've produced some videos - both to provide some fun for your children and to make sure you are all taking good care of your own wellbeing.

How to make Play doh for your children at home

How to make Play doh at home

Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.


Children love to play with play doh, it can bring them hours of fun - helping their development, imagination, gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Even making the play doh is an activity in itself - try this activity to keep your children entertained!

An easy Fun activity to do with your children at home

An easy Fun activity to do with your children at home

Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.


This is a fun activity that you can do at home with your children using items that you probably already have in your cupboard. It is a bit messy but super easy to clean up and can bring hours of fun for adults and children alike!
 

Using mindfulness as a way to relax during this time

Using mindfulness as a way to relax during this time

Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.


With the current 'lock down' we know that stresses and anxieties can escalate. This is a difficult time for many and it is important to take some time out for yourself to calm and refocus. Try some of these mindfulness activities to help you regain control and focus.

How to help your teens during this time

How to help your teens during this time

Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.


With the current 'lock down' our teenagers and young people are likely to feel heightened worry and stress. Their life has had a sudden change and this can be very hard for them to understand adjust to. Listen to this advice from a Family Support Worker to help you to understand.

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January 15, 2021

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