Resources for Parents
News and resources for Parents & Carers
Free Early Help for children & young people aged 5 to 19 years.
The Bright Futures Early Help Team work with 5-19 year olds and their families for up to six weeks when particular needs have been identified, or when help has been requested.
Early Help just means identifying areas where a child or young person might benefit from some support from a specific service, resource or activity designed to improve wellbeing and have a positive outcome. It's not intended as an intensive long term intervention, but they can help with any emerging issues or concerns before they escalate and become difficult to manage.
Help offered could range from finding free and affordable activities or mentoring opportunities, to finding learning support and resources, or managing healthcare or other personal issues. Read more here.
Keeping Children Safe Online: YouTube Kids
In 2015 YouTube created a channel specifically geared towards younger children called YouTube Kids. The site, which is managed by YouTube, contains music, content made by users, TV shows like Thomas and Friends or Winnie the Pooh and educational videos.
Unfortunately, YouTube Kids has been having problems since its inception, with users noticing inappropriate material popping up including graphic sexual language, characters emulating dangerous behaviours, and explicit grown-up conversations about pornography, suicide, violence and drug use.
The site features a number of parental control options, but we recommend that parents first read some of the following advice on keeping your child safe when using YouTube Kids and other online applications.
Online safety resources for parents:
Home teaching resources for school children
Check out Islington's Home Learning page for a wealth of free resources for children in years 1-6, including timetables, weekly lesson plans and activities covering a range of subjects across the curriculum:
Maths on Toast
Fun numeracy-focused activities & resources for families.
Maths on Toast produce fun and creative activities including ‘How To’ videos, downloadable activity sheets and family games.
Bright Start Islington
Support & activities for families with with under 5's.
Bright Start Islington provide remote telephone support surgeries offering help and advice to families with under 5's
You can also sign up for Bright Start 'Bright Ideas and Quick Tips' updates online.