Resources for families and children

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

Information Support and Resources

Latest updates and advice on services and health information:

Department of Health and Human Services

Information, updates and advice about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Visit: Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Education and Training

Information, updates and advice about the Covid-19 pandemic in relation to schools and early childhood services.

Visit: Department of Education and Training

Visit: Understanding the staged return to onsite schooling

Melton City Council

Local information about Covid-19 and impacts on local services and programs.

Visit: melton.vic.gov.au/COVID19

World Health Organisation

Information, advice and resources regarding the Coronavirus Covid-19 situation around the world

Visit: WHO website advice for public

 

Useful websites and articles:

Raising Children Network

Parenting articles, advice and support from leading experts.  Includes play and learning activity ideas for children of all ages.

Visit: Raising Children Network

Visit: Raising Children Network: Coronavirus Family Guide

Emerging Minds

Mental health and emotional wellbeing support for Australian infants, children, adolescents and families.

Visit: Emerging Minds

Visit: Emerging Minds: Supporting children during the Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak

Visit: Emerging Minds: Communicating with your child about Covid-19

Parenting Ideas

Positive parenting tips on child development for raising children and teenagers to be happy and resilient.

Visit: Parenting Ideas

Visit: Parenting Ideas: Leading the way for children during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Visit: Parenting Ideas: Maintaining kids mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic

The Royal Children's Hospital

Provides reliable, up to date health information for children and families.

Visit: The Royal Children's Hospital

Visit: The Royal Children's Hospital: Supporting your child to cope with COVID-19 pandemic

Visit: Healthy Habits at Home Challenge

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Island Child Care

eSafety Commissioner

Covid-19 an online safety kit for parents and carers

Visit: esafety

Centre in Excellence and Family Welfare

Resources to support parents and carers in dealing with Covid-19.

Visit: Centre in Excellence and Family Welfare

Visit: Centre in Excellence and Family Welfare: Coronavirus parent information

 

The Fathering Project

Covid-19 Family Tips

Visit: The Fathering Project

Berry Street

 

Free printable resources

Mind Heart CoviBook for kids

A resource to support discussion and exploration with children regarding Covid-19.

Visit: Mind Heart CoviBook for kids

Printable Coronavirus Social Story

A free printable resource to help explain Coronavirus Covid-19 to children with autism from The Autism Educator

 Visit: Coronavirus Social Story

Returning to school social story

 

Activity ideas for families and children

Education and learning

Department of Education and Training

Advice, tips and resources to help parents and carers support their child’s continuity of learning from home.

Visit: DET Learning from home information for families

Visit: FUSE Learning from home resources

ABC Learning

Educational, curriculum based resources for primary and secondary school aged children.

Visit: ABC Education

Scholastic Learn From Home

Day to day projects to keep children reading, thinking and growing.

Visit: Scholastic Learn From Home

Teachstarter

Downloadable and printable resources based on primary school curriculum.

Visit: Teachstarter

Education.Com

Educational worksheets, guided lessons and games for kindergarten to grade 5.

Visit: Education.Com

 

Interactive

Storytime with City of Melton Libraries

Regular sessions of baby rhyme, toddler time and story time sessions online.

Visit: City of Melton Libraries

Imagination Magic

A monthly performing arts and literacy program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their parents/caregivers.

Visit: Melton City Council Imagination Magic

Animal House

Melbourne and Werribee Zoo are live streaming from some of their animal houses.

Visit: Animal House

Musuems Victoria

Enjoy a world of Musuem experiences at home including virtual tours and Scienceworks interactive sessions

Visit: Musuems at Home

Story Box

Favourite storybooks read online by storytellers.

Visit: Story Box

PE with the body coach

Daily 30 minute work outs designed for children.

Visit: PE with the body coach

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Guided yoga and mindfulness sessions for children.

Visit: Cosmic Kids Yoga

 

At home play and activity ideas

Melton City Council 30 Days of Play

Get inspired with the Melton City Council 30 Days of Play for babies, toddlers, preschools and primary school aged children.

0-12 months 30 Days of Play Activity Sheet(PDF, 174KB)

1-5 years 30 Days of Play Activity Sheet(PDF, 190KB)

5-12 years 30 Days of Play Activity Sheet(PDF, 189KB)

Raising Children Network

Provides information, resources and ideas to support the play and development of children of all ages.

Visit: Baby play

Visit: Preschool Play

Visit: Primary School Play

Kidspot

100 activities and games for children.

Visit: Kidspot

ABC News

Creative play at home during Covid-19 Pandemic.

Visit: ABC News

 

Other activities

Playschool Covid-19 special for children

A special edition of Playschool to support children's understanding of Covid-19.

Visit: Playschool Covid-19 special for children

City of Melton Libraries

Explore the e-collection of books, magazines, music, films, story times and games.  Regular sessions of baby rhyme, toddler time and story time now available online.

Visit: City of Melton Libraries

 

Mental Health Support

Mental Health Support - 24/7 Support lines

  • Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Line - 1800 512 348

  • Lifeline - 13 11 14

  • Beyond Blue - 1300 22 46 36

  • Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800

  • Mens Line - 1300 78 99 78
  • Care in Mind- 1300 096 269

 

Headspace

 Information and resources to support mental wellbeing

Visit: Headspace

Visit: Headspace How to cope with stress related to Covid-19

Reachout

Online mental health organisation supporting young people and their families

Visit: Reachout

Visit: Reachout Coping during Coronavirus Covid-19