Posts in June 2020

Play ideas for children aged 0-2 years

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Even though children need to remain home due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it does not mean they can’t have fun and continue to learn at the same time.

Here are some indoor play ideas recommended by UNICEF. Take a look and enjoy play with children! Expand children's knowledge and world - even when physical space or amount of social contacts is restricted.

How do we know children learn?

The body game
Name your baby’s body parts and point to them to help teach her their names. “Where is baby’s nose? There it is!” You can point to your own as well to help her make the connection between the two: “Where is mommy’s nose? Here it is!”

Free draw
Give your baby some crayons and paper and let him draw away! This will allow your child to unleash his creativity and enjoy independent, creative play. When he’s done, talk to him about the different colours he used.

Box car
Find an empty box/carton and place your child in it safely with some soft blankets to keep her comfortable. Then, pull the box around while making car noises: “vroom vroom!” She will have fun zipping around the house in her new go mobile (and you’ll get some exercise, too!). If space is limited, you can still have the same effect by moving the box from side to side and making noises together.

How is corona affecting on the wellbeing of children? Research by Save the Children

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Almost one in four children have feelings of anxiety and distress due to changed routines by COVID-19. A recent survey by Save the Children showed that up to 65% of the children struggled with boredom and feelings of isolation.

Even though many countries gradually start lifting their lockdowns, many schools remain closed – affecting almost 1.3 billion children and students worldwide. Also social restrictions are likely to remain in place in several countries.

Children who lack social support or whose families are already facing difficulties are especially vulnerable in this situation.

Research shows that it is common in any epidemic to feel helplessness or loneliness and have fear of being socially excluded, stigmatised or separated from family. Prolonged stress, boredom, social isolation and lack of outdoor play can lead to a higher number of mental health conditions in children, eg. anxiety and depression.

Anne-Sophie Dybdal, Senior Child Protection Advisor at the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Unit of Save the Children, said:

“People who are outside regularly have a lower activity in the part of the brain that focuses on repetitive negative emotions. This is one of the reasons children can slide into negative feelings or even depression during the circumstances they are living in now.”


According to the survey, being unable to play outside with friends or fears of falling behind in their education, adds to children’s feelings of deprivation and anxiety. The surveys also revealed that:

  • 49% of interviewed children said they were worried (USA)
  • 70% of participating children reported experiencing feelings of anxiety (Finland)
  • 60% worried that a relative might fall sick (UK)
  • 33% of children were worried they would not be able to finish their school year (Germany)
  • 25% reported higher levels of distress than normal (Spain)
  • 66% of the children reported they were worried, especially of falling ill with the virus (Indonesia)

Marie Dahl, Head of Save the Children’s Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Unit, said: “While children are resilient, we cannot underestimate the impact the pandemic is having on their mental wellbeing and overall health. Children in a stable environment are likely to fare better, but many children are not so fortunate. The mental health impacts of COVID-19 could be seen far beyond the life of the pandemic.”

Save the Children is calling for:


  • All children to have access to support services during and after lockdown
  • Schools to monitor children during lockdowns and continue case management through remote approaches. This includes ensuring distance learning accessible for all children, which should contain messages on health, hygiene and keeping safe.
  • Families and teachers must receive support to maintain structure and routine for the children, and to keep children engaged in play and learning activities in school and at home.
  • Mechanisms to be in place for early detection of signs, such as sudden changes in behaviour, unusual persistent sadness, excessive worry, a lack of concentration, trouble sleeping, or exhaustion, which could point towards looming mental health issues such as a depression.


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Marie Dahl from Save the Children continued:

“Children are suffering enormous upheaval on a scale that we have not seen in this lifetime. There have been many sudden changes to their lives and so much is yet unknown about the long-term impacts of this crisis, which requires us to be vigilant and do everything possible to limit the impact on young minds”

“While some countries are starting to re-open schools, many children are still missing out on an education. It’s important that all countries are able to detect and respond to signs of distress and depression among children during lockdown and once these children return to public life.”

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5 tips for families: How to keep children learning during COVID-19?

Sunday, June 21, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed routines of millions families around the world. Robert Jenkins, UNICEF’s Global Chief of Education, offers five tips to help keep children’s education on track while they’re staying home. Read full article from UNICEF.


5 tips for families: Learning at home

1. Plan a simple routine together

Try to establish an age-appropriate routine with play time and time for reading/story time in it. Use everyday activities as learning opportunities for the children. Make plans together with children when possible. (Even though routine is important and brings feeling of safety for children, keep in mind that some days flexibility might be needed – pay attention children’s needs and moods.)

"My hero is you" A free storybook to help understand COVID-19

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The scale and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is difficult for adults to understand, yet alone for children. Usually children have questions and they are looking for answers, ways to understand what is happening, from adults.

“My hero is you”, is storybook developed for and by children. The story was shaped by more than 1,700 children, family members, caregivers and teachers who took the time to share how they are coping with the impact of COVID-19.

The story is designed to be read by a family member, caregiver or teacher alongside a child or a small group of children.

It offers a way for children and adults to think together about the questions the virus raises. The story is designed to be read by a family member, caregiver or teacher alongside a child or a small group of children.

5 tips: How to talk about COVID-19 with children?

The project was developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, and supported by global, regional and country based experts, in addition to families, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries.

You can download the storybook for free in 100 different languages from here!

Read our new Questions and Answers about Distance Learning.

PS Don't forget to join our webinar with CCE Finland June 17th at 3 PM Finnish

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How to lead preschools and childcare centers in the new normal?

Thursday, June 4, 2020

No doubt the COVID-19 outbreak has changed the education landscape significantly and maybe permanently. Sending children home happened overnight without any warning and preplanning. After the first shock the school leaders have worked hard to establish a new normal by changing their working methods and utilizing digital means.

Now is the time to stop and think what to do next. Even if some countries have or are opening up, experts agree that the future is uncertain, and few believe in a fast return to the "normal".   So, conclusions should be made about what the change is all about and what should be done to go ahead:

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