quick tipsWelcome to Quick Tips. This regular bulletin is designed to support you and your child while many early years schools and settings are closed and is in addition to your fortnightly Bright Start Bright Ideas newsletter.

We will be sharing quick tips, ideas, activities and practical advice to support you while children are at home.

For further advice, tips and ideas, there are a number of links at the bottom of this post.

Quick tip

Movement in your everyday activities and simple exercises ensure children get to use their muscles and joints. Just like a workout, children will often feel calm after they have participated in such activities.

Why not get your child involved in some of the following tasks and games and see if you notice a difference in their mood after they finish.

  • Lifting books and toys back onto shelves
  • Taking bags of rubbish to the bin
  • Carrying a washing basket full of clothes
  • Pushing or pulling a wheelbarrow or wagon full of toys
  • Walking on your hands like wheelbarrow while someone holds your hips
  • Animal walks across the floor like a bear, kangaroo, frog or crab
  • Tug-of-war

Don’t forget to visit this website for more information, top tips and activities to support children with Social Communication needs.

Stay active every day

CROCsLook out below!  

Using scarves, a sheet, strips of paper or skipping rope laid out on the floor, encourage your child to walk along the line with their arms held out for balance.  Pretend the surrounding area is water with crocodiles…They mustn’t fall into the “water” below! Snap snap!


Bright Start Health

  • kidChildhood immunisations continue as normal: There is no change to childhood immunisations during COVID-19; please continue to schedule as normal for your child.
  • Health Visitor information: If you have any queries or concerns about your own or your child’s health and development during this time, or would like to see a health visitor as a face to face contact please don’t hesitate to call the duty line where a health visitor will be available to talk with you. We have increased our capacity to offer clinic appointments this week and the staff available to do home visits. There are 3 duty telephone numbers available to call Monday to Friday 9.00 – 5.00p.m.
    • Bingfield HC: 020 7527 1610
    • River Place: 020 3316 8461
    • Highbury Grange HC: 020 3316 8012
  • For breastfeeding support, please see the Islington Breastfeeding Support website or contact the peer support team on 020 3316 8439
  • If you are concerned about your child’s health, you should still call your GP as usual, NHS 111 or 999 in an emergency: follow the advice published here by the The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Feeling anxious or worried? Take a look here for lots of useful parenting information and support.

Family Directory

Information and advice about childcare, activities and services for parents, carers, children and young people.

Family Directory

SEND Local Offer

Don’t forget!  Our SEND Local Offer is the go to place for information, advice and services for children with Special Educational Needs or disabilities.

Local Offer

Bright Ideas – for 5-19 year olds

Subscribe to Bright Ideas for activities and ideas for families with children aged 5 to 19


ABC Does

50+ ideas of practical activities that can easily be done at home – updated every week:

50 ideas to try at home

Tiny Happy People

Communication ideas, broken down by age.

Tiny Happy People

BBC Teach

Looking for more exciting ideas to try with your 3-5 year olds? BBC Teach have a host of audio clips that help to foster speaking and listening, and movement skills.

BBC Teach

Hungry Little Minds

For more fun activities for you and your child, visit the Hungry Little Minds website

Hungry Little Minds

The ARC centre

During these difficult times, Bright Start are working with The ARC centre to tackle loneliness and self isolation by offering various dance and movement classes on Zoom.

Find out more

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