Online resources for support, safety, learning and play
We've put together a list of 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.
Right now it's a difficult time for families so if you need support please reach out to our Carer Support Team on 1300 782 975 9am - 5pm weekdays.
Some useful numbers to keep handy for you and your family:
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
- Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
- Child Protection Helpline: 132 111
Stay connected with us through our Online training courses and special Online Lounge Rooms for a chance to connect and share.
Please note, while we recommend the resources below, My Forever Family NSW is not responsible for the content of these websites and downloadable resources.
Covid-19 and Me 2020!
This resource is 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 2021
Department of Communities and Justice
The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) are constantly updating information for carers including some frequently asked questions - facs.nsw.gov.au
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
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
If your child is struggling with learning from home, now may be the time to register for a tutor FREE through Foster the Future, a program designed for children and young people in out-of-home care - Foster the Future.
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
Creative writing at home, the Story Factory has guides and resources for parents to help kids - 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.
Paint and hide rocks or go on a rock hunting trip with the kids. Find out more at #NSWRocks
Create or find your local Spoonville community.
Make some art - JacksonPollock.org is a website by Miltos Manetas that lets you splatter and blob colours onto a virtual canvas. No paint mess to clean up!
The Australian Museum is running online experiments and activities.
Virtual Zoo Lessons with Taronga Zoo.
Phillip Island is screening a virtual penguin parade.
DIY Sensory play ideas from @7daysofplay.
The Australian Reptile Park are running 2 weekly talk sessions on Facebook for kids.
Free coding activities for kids and young people (scroll to the bottom of the page) - Columbia Engineering