Be at the heart of your child’s learning during COVID-19

Parents and families are dealing with a vast amount of information on a wide range of topics about COVID-19. The information below is intended to help provide guidance and support to parents and families regarding their child’s learning at home and signpost to other information which may be of interest. Information on Parentzone Scotland will continue to be reviewed and updated as required, so please revisit the website.

During COVID-19, early learning and childcare settings, schools and local authorities across Scotland are working on how they can best provide support for children’s learning at home. Early learning and childcare settings and schools are likely to take different approaches to meet the individual needs of their pupils. Information for parents and families on this will be provided locally.

What is learning at home?

Learning at home is a broad term to describe the learning which happens outwith early learning and childcare settings and schools. It can take place through everyday activities including play and general family life, such as food preparation and cooking. It can also happen through curriculum related activities, homework, reading and sharing books.

Activities for learning at home can be specifically designed to help parents engage in their child’s learning and build upon the learning from early learning and childcare settings and schools.

Engaging in your child’s learning can make a real difference to how well they do. Making your home a positive home learning environment plays a big part in this, no matter what age your child is.

The Learning at home area of Parentzone Scotland contains information and resources you may find of interest.

Related links

  • General information about COVID-19 can be found on the Scottish Government website.
  • NHS Inform website has the latest updates on COVID-19.
  • Parentzone Scotland's digital learning section contains a range of information to help children and young people stay safe online.
  • Scotland Learns features ideas and activities for parents and practitioners to support learning at home.
  • National Parent Forum of Scotland has produced some Educational Resources for Parents and Families.
  • Learn at BBC Scotland.
  • Parent Club has a range of useful information including: ways to protect yourself and others; advice on what to do if you have to stay at home with your children and self-isolate; tips on talking to your child about the virus.
  • Young Scot contains useful information for young people.
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority has the latest information for young people in the senior phase.
  • Advice for supporting children and young people who may be anxious about COVID-19 is available on COSLA’s website.
  • Coronavirus and your Hearing - Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA)
  • Information for people with learning disabilities - Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD)
  • Information to support children with Additional Support Needs
  • Skills Development Scotland has developed a jobs portal to support people whose employment has been affected by COVID-19. If your employment or education has been affected by COVID-19, contact can be made with Skills Development Scotland by calling their helpline on Tel: 0800 917 8000. This includes employees, those facing redundancy, under furlough, unemployed, pupils and parents. Information about free online courses is available here.
  • Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs – Support for families about COVID-19.