what you need to do
Stay at home
Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
> Children's Guide to Coronavirus
Booking a place for your child at Stepping Stones?
We are still accepting bookings from September 2020, with a limited number available for a September start. Please contact us for more information.
While we cannot currently offer you a show round, we would be more than happy to have a chat on the phone instead. We also have several parents who would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about their experience at Stepping Stones.
Keep in touch
Now more than ever it's important to keep in contact, keep talking and sharing. Whether that's with us or each other, please find a way to communicate.
If your child attends Stepping Stones you can join the parents Whats App group. Email us to request the link to join. It's a great way of the children keeping in touch with each other, sharing ideas and conversation.
Please share photos of what your child has been up to at home - we love seeing them! With your permission, we'd also like to share them with your fellow students on our website and social media. Upload your pics here or email us.
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TIPS FOR STAYING AT HOME
1. Try to follow a routine, one which which allows for some flexibility. Have a rough plan of what you are going to do each day, but assess your child's mood and energy levels throughout the day and adapt when needed.
2. Try to do some exercise each day. Be led by what your child enjoys and choose something fun - dancing around the house still counts! Not only is this physically important, but will have a huge benefits on their mental health. See our Activities and ideas page for some suggestions.
3. Get outside where you can. If you have access to a garden, spend some time in it each day. See our Activities and ideas page for some creative ideas.
4. Practice mindfulness. This doesn't need to be meditation, children can practice mindfulness in the form of a period of concentration on activities such as Duplo and Lego, puzzles, arts and crafts. Be mindful of what interests your child and what will help them to switch off.
5. Socialise where possible using technology to communicate with family members and friends. FaceTime can be daunting for some children, who may prefer to record videos to send to friends and family instead. If you are a parent at Stepping Stones make sure you join the WhatsApp group. Email us for details.
6. Have confidence in yourself as a parent. You know your child better than anyone, you know what motivates them, what they get excited about, and are better equipped than anyone to steer them through this crisis.
7. Take time out. There will be days when everyone needs to take time out. Give yourself permission to do this without feeling guilty. Curl up on the sofa with your child, watch a film or read a book. Remember - your best will be enough.