How to support my child at home

10 ways to develop your child's brain at half term in NewmarketIf you and your children have to stay at home you may see a change in behaviour or may have to cope with more challenging behaviour with this change of routine.

We have put together a few tips and strategies to support you and your children through this period to avoid or support any emotional flooding and over excitement.

  • Expect more challenging behaviour and plan to keep to routines at home as much as possible such as waking up times, bedtimes, storytime, quiet times, fresh air and exercise and healthy mealtimes.
  • Be realistic and manage expectations; talk to your child about what is happening so that they and you know what to expect. You can find more information on our news page here
  • Speak to your child’s school or nursery if they are concerned about changes of routine so they can help prepare and support you and your child.
  • Avoid too much sugar! Try to keep these to a minimum and offered after a meal rather than snacked on throughout the day. (See image below) for a good tip with older ones!

  • Try planning ahead by creating your own family timetable that you could stick to the fridge door so that everyone can access it and see what is happening.
  • Involve them in daily jobs such as cleaning, preparing meals etc.
  • Have a worry free zone (a quiet calm area or time of the day to be quiet and calm) which will benefit everyone so everyone can have a bolt hole for a few moments of quiet. Try to get them to think of a happy time or place.
  • Try to practise some meditation or calming down techniques. There are lots of good apps out there or blow some bubbles (or pretend to blow out candles). You can also try laying down with you child with a soft toy on yours and their chest and encourage them to watch it going up and down as you both breathe in an out.
  • If your child is overwhelmed and finds it all too much, make sure they have space for ‘quiet’ independent activities like reading, crafts, music or something that they enjoy where they can focus on something specific, immerse themselves and forget about the world around them for a short while. They may prefer outdoor time to burn off excited energy by playing in the garden.
  • Put on some music and have a disco to lift the mood and get moving- make sure you get to choose your favourite tunes too.
  • Remember to fill your jug! See Sharing Parentings A-Z (see J for Jug)
  • There are some great resources here for ideas – based on home educating but they can be adapted

You may find some of these ideas useful too: Free Kids activities




Please use these timetables only if you and your children feel more secure using them. Remember to be flexible and don’t out pressure on your children of yourself. 

Short spurts of concentration are more effective with lots of breaks and physical activity in between. 

You can make your own simple timetable to let your children know what is going to happen next (most children feel more secure with a routine) or you can download our  Timetable suggestion

or this timetable for older children 

Or this one: School Planner Sample 2

Pom Pom Chicks 

In this time of unprecedented protocols and social distancing, many parents are looking for ways to occupy their children at home all day. Rather than turning to screens for an easy babysitter, there are many creative and educational activities that can keep children productively happy without fancy art supplies.

For example, with only some yarn and a fork you can make a host of pompom chicks to celebrate spring!

Stay well! All the best from Community Playthings,

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Some great ideas from our friends at Red Hen here:

Interactive Singing Session for little ones

Bubble Activity Idea

Online Home School Schedule






Birds Nest Craft 

Looking for something to do today? Why not have a go at our Bird's Nest craft.This craft can be enjoyed by all ages....

Posted by Newmarket Library on Sunday, 29 March 2020

NHS Colouring 

I’m working on other free stuff but thought I’d get my oldest to colour this for our window to add to rainbows....

Posted by Ticketyboo studio on Friday, 27 March 2020

Above all try to embrace the extra time you have together and remember

 ‘The best thing you can spend on your children is TIME’

If you have any other ideas you would like to share please do contact us.

Look out for other tips and sharing on our Facebook page too.

You may also be interested in: 

How to support my child at home


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Video top tips for positive behaviour 


Top Tips for helping with school closures 


How to talk to your children about Covid 19 


Emergency Contact Numbers 


You can contact us or email us with your parenting questions at and give us a call for confidential advice on 07867 568339.