Online resources for safety, learning and play
We've put together a list of websites and online resources for you and your families, while you bunker down. Below you will find links to important information on health, safety as well as fantastic educational and wellbeing resources for children.
It can be a difficult time for everyone so make sure you visit our events page regularly as we will be holding Online Lounge Room sessions on various topics to help support carers and their families.
Please also visit our Online Training courses to view online training modules relevant to carers during this time.
Please note, while we recommend these resources, My Forever Family NSW is not responsible for the content of these websites and downloadable resources.
Covid-19 and Me 2020!
We've launched a new resource, aimed at helping children and young people in out-of-home care capture their experience of the pandemic as part of their Life Story!
Developed by Settlement Services International (SSI) in collaboration with My Forever Family NSW and the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA), this booklet is designed to complement Life Story work and can be used as a ‘point in time’ addition to the resources currently available.
Covid-19 and Me 2020
Department of Communities and Justice
DCJ have a website with all the latest updates for carers and frequently asked questions - facs.nsw.gov.au
We have also had the pleasure of hosting Gareth Ward, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, in a series of Online Lounge Rooms. In each session, some of the same questions have been raised by Carers so we have put together a series of videos to help those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to attend - Ministers Q&A in the Online Lounge Room
Health and wellbeing
The Dept of Health have a website with the most up to date information on COVID-19, official medical advice, a symptom checker and helpline - health.gov.au
Shopping emergency relief packages are now available for those that are self-isolating and do not have family and friends living locally to support them - service.nsw.gov.au
NSW Health have created health information fact sheets in different languages - health.nsw.gov.au
Emerging Minds have curated information on how to discuss the situation with children and manage any anxiety that may arise - emergingminds.com.au
Who International have released a guide to healthy parenting, to help parents interact constructively during a time of confinement - who.int
Service NSW have highlighted changes to their service as well as government updates, advice and information - service.nsw.gov.au
Raising Children, an Australian parenting website have put together information for parents and carers on health, wellbeing and how to manage self-isolation and social distancing for families and children - raisingchildren.net.au
Headspace are the experts in helping young people be aware of and manage their mental health. They have created tips and a downloadable fact sheet for young people affected by stress as a result of COVID-19 - headspace.org.au
The Council for Intellectual Disability have released a great easy to read guide on Staying safe from coronavirus - cid.org.au
Shared parenting in the time of COVID-19, a resource to support families in shared parenting to communicate, connect and keep calm - Institute of Child Protection Studies
Safety online and tips for use
The eSafety Commissioner have information on how to stay safe online as we spend more time there - esafety.gov.au
The Research Centre for Children and Families at University of Sydney have developed a tipsheet on using video conferencing for Family Time - Family Time – tips for using video chats
Learning and play
Big Life Journal is an online resource to build healthy mindsets in children and they have released a free stay-at-home printable care package - biglifejournal.com
Sesame Street have put together some fabulous, fun resources for families to play, laugh and learn together, featuring the famous furry friends - sesamestreet.org
Sydney University have put together some great resources to help build family time practices for children in permanent care. There are four great resource for keeping families connected at a distance.
Covibook is a downloadable book for children under the age of 7 that helps children make sense of Covid-19. Available in multiple languages - Covibook
Online writing workshops for children, facilitated by Story Factory Storytellers - Story Factory
Just for fun
Sydney Aquarium and live streaming some of their residents throughout the day - Sydney Aquarium
Join the great David Attenborough on an interactive journey through The Great Barrier Reef - attenboroughsreef.com
Taronga Zoo have set up live streaming of some of their animals, take a look at what they get up to - taronga.org.au
Cosmic Rainbow Yoga for kids - Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
Watch the videos on YouTube or download the app.