We know how challenging it can be having children at home instead of at school, so to show you that you are not facing these challenges alone, we’ve created a brand new newsletter, along with a bunch of resources; specifically to help you occupy your children’s time during the school closures. 

If there is anything you would like us to feature in this newsletter, please let us know!  Just contact marketing@fostertalk.org or call 0121 758 5013.


Mental health

Feeling The Fear– Clinical Psychology Research Blog

Home school

Coming back to school in a bubble

A book for children about going back to school >

Children are used to their daily school routine and structure.  Being at home for a long period will be a big change for many.  It’s important to try and get some form of routine in place so that your children don’t get bored and understand that they still need to complete educational tasks.

We’ve collected a few examples of routines that you can adapt to fit in with your family.

Your individual schools may have provided home schooling instruction but for extra advice and guidance please visit The Department for Education website, where the most up to date information can be viewed – please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education

More Home Schooling resources

Find a new family weekly planner A new project planner!

Downloadables- Print at home

Having access to easily downloadable resources is extremely useful in order to keep your children interested in activities. Twinkl is a resource used by many schools and children will be used to the images and topics suggested.  You can now use this app free of charge.  There are many useful resources.  Take a look – there are lots of FREE resources with a huge amount of down loadable materials.

Find out more

EXERCISE/outdoor play & nature

It’s essential that children get regular exercise and as much fresh air as possible.  Regular outdoor play is a good way for children to let of energy as well as have fun.  If outdoor space is an issue, there are lots of children’s keep fit You Tube programs to follow, such as P.E with Joe.

There are 13 Zoos that have live stream – children will be able to see animals at the zoo from home.  They could write a story about what the giraffe eats and what a tiger looks like! 

Find out more here >

National Trust – FREE access to all large gardens for all – The National Trust have kindly opened their larger gardens to the general public to encourage people to get some fresh air and explore the countryside.

Find out more here >

Screen free ideas

Computers and iPad can be a good tool to add variety a child’s day, but should only be used for a limited time.  We’ve collected some ideas that could help distract your children from their electronics devices.

A Daily journal could become a good habit for children to get into.  They can start to write a daily account of activity, thoughts and feelings at a regular time each day.

Arts & Crafts

We’ve collected some easy ‘make your own’ recipes for paint, play dough, slime and other fun, ‘arty’ ideas.

Art Therapy Resources >

A Facebook group has been created called Chase the Rainbow.  The idea is for children to draw or paint their own rainbows and put them up in their porch (or front room windows) so that children can spot them when they go on local walks! 

Have a look! https://www.facebook.com/groups/231105044601626/

Please send pictures of your little ones creations and we’ll pop them on our website – email marketing@fostertalk.org

NHS colouring sheets

We’ve provided some lovely colouring sheets to help show you and your foster families support for the NHS! Take you pic below!

Sheet 1 >

Sheet 2 >

Sheet 3 >

Sheet 4 >

Sheet 5 >

Time for You

It’s important for you to have time for yourself.  It’ll be a new way of life trying to home school as well as work from home and possibly see less people. Your self-care is a priority, make sure you take time for you!

Resources for older children

Websites and apps that support young people available here >