The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance for preschoolers learning at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The guidance, Help Children Aged 2 to 4 to Learn at Home during Coronavirus (COVID-19), provides advice for parents and carers of children who have not yet started school. It covers:

  • suggestions for learning activities

  • advice on routines

  • physical activity

  • television and using digital devices

  • socialising while social distancing.

The DfE has also published advice on home learning for other age groups in the guidance Supporting your Children’s Education during Coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. The websites included on the list have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

In addition, a government-backed online school, the Oak National Academy, is providing 180 hours of lessons a week for children from Reception age to Year 10. The BBC has also started a Bitesize Daily Service, which is offering 14 weeks of curriculum-based learning from more than 200 teachers and well-known figures. Each day, six 20-minute programmes will air on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button for children aged five to 14.

Other new guidance includes Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Staying Safe Online, which offers further advice on how to keep children safe online during home learning and guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic.

Further information from the DfE is available as follows.

Last reviewed 27 April 2020