Guidance, activities and creative ideas for families during COVID-19

We hope you are all keeping well at this unprecedented time, and are coping with the changes to normal life as a result of COVID-19. We continue to be amazed by our city-wide partnership, built around our ambition to be a child friendly city!

We are using Child Friendly Leeds social media channels to share details of online learning resources and fun and engaging activities for children and young people to help keep them busy indoors, so if you have anything to share then please let us know so we can support this.

Big thumbs up thank you certificate


Let’s give a BIG Child Friendly Leeds thumbs up to all the children and young people in Leeds, and our whole school communities, as they approach the end of what’s been a very different and difficult summer term.  Thanks for everything you’ve been doing to help keep people safe.

If you have children at home, download our Child Friendly Leeds certificate to pass on our appreciation and thanks.

We’ve also written this ultimate guide including the following:

  • Fun & creative ways for families during self-isolation
  • Competitions to enter for young people during COVID-19
  • Educational & useful resources during lockdown
  • Guidance, advice and support for children and families

At home with the Kids?

While you have some extra time, why not enter some exciting competitions? Lot’s of prizes to be won so check out our ‘competitions during Coronavirus’ blog.

Lots of content to help you through these uncertain times and school closures. From garden activities to home learning resources, a perfect starting point for things to do.

Tips, creative activities & events during Covid-19

Working with Leeds Inspired, we have created a page with events in Leeds and are encouraging our ambassadors and partners to register events here.

A list by Leeds City Council working with NHS and Leeds List to pick out the top 21 ways to keep the kids entertained while the schools are closed.

For Lockdown, Families Magazine have created a June digital issue, which is full of the best resources for families – for home schooling, staying safe and well.

From sharing tips about parenting, hosting live Facebook chats with special guests from healthcare and hosting online quizzes. Check out all of their content & exciting news!

Mummy Buddy have moved to the online world on Facebook & Instagram with daily online meet-ups, groups, activities, baby classes, ‘boredom busters’, book clubs and more!

Active Imaginations have shared monthly activities and lots of ideas. Designed to help the little ones get their recommended daily physical activity to help them grow healthily.

We know young people in Leeds are especially passionate about climate change. That’s why to mark Earth Day 2020, we’ve created a toolkit of at-home activities, books and videos especially for young people to keep you busy and help you learn more about global climate change and sustainability.

Child Friendly Leeds Video Message for Children, Young People & Families

Educational Resource Guide

Here at Leeds for Learning, our teams been collating a range of fantastic resources which cover home learning and support for Early Years, Primary and Secondary curriculum areas.

Leeds Libraries & School Library Service have put together lots of resources to support with school and home learning. From online events to free eBooks, eAudio books and eComics.

From online resources for all ages such as BBC bitesize to STEM, there are lots to choose from the government’s initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

Lots of free reading resources including audio books by Leeds Year of Reading. Whether you’re looking for something for the under 5’s or school-aged children, there is something for everyone.

Healthy Schools in Leeds have published PSHE & SEMH resources for schools, as well as a resource to pass on to parents/carers including information about online safety and wellbeing.

My Bright Kite have released twelve brand new personal testimonial films made by children and young people in migration who attend Lawnswood School, Leeds.

The films include themes such as reasons for leaving home, migration journeys, first impressions of the UK, settling into school, challenges and ways to stay strong, bullying, feeling welcome and supported, key messages for students and teachers, future hopes and aspirations.

Active Leeds has designed a resource pack to encourage children, young people and families to be more physically active whilst promoting mental health and wellbeing. Under 8’s toolkit is called Ready Set Rainbow and The over 8’s Active Leeds toolkit is called Get Active Stay Active.

Sign up to the Leeds City Council weekly Coronavirus newsletter.

Entries to the #OurChildFriendlyLeeds Competition April 2020

The guidance & support in Leeds during the Coronavirus epidemic

During COVID-19, a page with all the factual information and guidance is available on financial support, food, childcare as well as how you can become a volunteer. 

The NHS in Leeds have provided latest health information about Coronavirus, messages around looking after yourself, changes to local appointments and local support. Health services are still available and that people should continue to call 999 for medical emergencies and should call their GP about existing conditions, if they feel unwell, or if they notice new symptoms.

If you’re a young person, MindMate can help you understand the way you’re feeling and find the right advice and support. Find out how to look after your wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

There have been big changes in our lives because of coronavirus, so here is a children’s guide to Coronavirus to help explain the situation.The guide aims to answer children’s questions, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

The 100% Digital Leeds team are using digital tools and technology to prevent the most vulnerable in society from falling off the radar of the organisations that support them. They have also launched a new fund to support third sector organisations in Leeds.

The LSCP recognise that the COVID-19 is putting increasing pressure on all services providing support to children, young people and families and are here to support.

Whether you’re working from home with your kids for the first time or supporting children with anxiety due to Coronavirus, we’ve got tips and advice for you.

Kooth is offering clinically-approved online support for young people who are struggling with their mental health. For information and advice, or to chat to a friendly counsellor. 

Volunteering Opportunities in Leeds

If your change in circumstances means that you are looking for volunteer opportunities, check out Doing Good Leeds which includes things like becoming a community care volunteer in Leeds.

Leeds Baby Bank are looking for volunteers, including somebody to update their website. Click here to fill in an online application form.

A new project ‘Mini Playbox’, which was launched to provide fun and
creativity into the homes of children during lockdown, is looking for volunteers to help source, pack and deliver boxes. They are also looking for ideas and creative materials which could go in the boxes. Click here to find out more.

If you would like to advertise a volunteering opportunity here, please email

Help if you cannot go out


If you are self-isolating and you do not have friends or family nearby who can help, phone 0113 378 1877.

Our volunteers can help you with shopping, transport to medical appointments, or a phone call to check how you are.

If you have resources, news stories, or want to share your updates, please get in touch via the ‘contact‘ page.

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