Support for families at home

This section of our website is designed to support parents and families at home, whether you are looking for advice on activities to do as a family at home or advice and support on a whole range of topics, this page is the place to come. 
As children are preparing to come back to school after a long period of learning at home, Coventry and Warwickshire MIND have produced this 'Back to School' pack which may be really helpful if your child is feeling a little unsure about coming back into school again.  
Activities for at home
This activity pack from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health includes things to do for you, for others and quizzes too! 
If art and craft is your thing then try out these idea from Place2Be.  You can create a seasons tree, awesome animal homes or visit space.  Maybe even try all three! Materials suggested are recycled and you can be as creative as you like.  Good photos for inspiration included.
A set of ideas for activities if your child is feeling a little anxious, especially about not being able to do their usual activities outside of the house or meeting friends.
If you want to get your family fit and healthy, then 'The Daily Mile' is a great way to get started or to build on what you are already doing.  Check out their website (link below) for a whole host of great challenges to suit you and your family.
Do you want to be an urban gardener? Would you like to try gardening with the children but don't even have a garden? Well the Royal Horticultural Society have lots of ideas to get children under 11 and their families gardening in a whole range of small and easy to have a go at projects.  You can make a mini allotment on a windowsill, be a store cupboard scientist, or even a potato bag monster.  Have fun with nature no matter where you are! Click the link below to see all their fabulous ideas.
A set of rainy day or stuck inside ideas for children and families of all ages.  My personal favourite is the dance alarm....or maybe the pirate adventure...or being a superhero....
Information and Sources of support
RISE have produced this helpful guide to preparing to come back to school.  This may be especially helpful if your child or children have been away from school for an extended period of time.  It has helpful suggestions to plan for building up to coming back in from a couple of weeks before school starts, and includes thinking about sleep, routines, potential worries and has a lovely pack of resources for primary aged children too.  
If you are finding that your child is showing behaviours that are challenging and you need advice and support on how best to deal with this, or if you have two or more children who just cannot get along no matter what you seem to do.  If you, your children or your family need advice or support with any aspect of family life then contact the Family Support work duty line for practical and helpful advice on 01926 412412.  Available Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.  
If parents have questions about 
  • Parenting
  • Behaviour
  • Fussy eating
  • Sleep
  • Continence
  • Referral onto additional services
  • Support for young people on topics such as: Emotional wellbeing including stress and anxiety or relationships
Or if young people have questions about
  • Healthy eating
  • Dental health
  • Friendships
  • Bullying
  • Anxieties about changing schools
Then contact the school nursing team (COMPASS) 
  • Parents/carers can call the service on 03300 245 204 or text Parentline on 07520 619 376.
  • Young people aged 11-19 can text ChatHealth on 07507 331 525.
  • These services are available Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am‑4.30pm.

Family Information Service (FIS)

We provide information, advice and one-to-one support for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25 across Warwickshire on issues including:

  • family relationships
  • finance
  • housing
  • parenting support
  • special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • childcare
  • health and wellbeing

Twitter – @WarksFIS

Facebook – Warwickshire Family Information Service

Phone : 01926 742274



If your child is suffering from a mental health crisis, NHS England have a very useful webpage with guidance for parents  (link below).  If you feel you need the urgent support of RISE and to speak to a mental health professional there is now a 24 hour crisis line.  The details on the service can be found with information on what the service offers below.
Anxiety and worry is one of the main concerns parents and families discuss with us about their children.  There are a number of resources below to help with this.  We particularly suggest the 3  'Worries' a guide for parents booklets.  These can be completed, one per week with your child at home and are a fantastic resource.  We have also included a guide to COVID 19 specific worries for these unusual times.   
Let's face it, being a parent is tough enough without throwing in a global pandemic! 

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the Anna Freud Centre for Children and families has been contributing to the support being provided by BBC Bitesize. Their own experts have written six articles for parents and carers, which you can read by clicking on the links below.  

Warwickshire Country Council has produced a series of free online guides for parents to help try and unpick the maze that is parenting at different ages and stages.  There are guides from pregnancy all the way up to the teenage years.  Visit the link below to access the guides.