a family of four in silhouette at the beach

Talking to children about natural disasters, traumatic events, or worries about the future

COVID-19 Pregnancy and Early Parenting Support Helpline

In response to COVID-19, Canberra Health Services has set up a new support line to help Canberra families. Families can call the Pregnancy and Early Parenting Support line on 51241775 for enquiries and support about pregnancy, early parenting concerns, child and family health, physiotherapy and nutrition services.

Factsheet: COVID-19 Pregnancy and Early Parenting Support

COVID-19 resource from the Sleep-Wake Research Centre

Sleep for parents and babies

Children’s Sleep for Parents

Children’s Sleep for Children

Sleep for Teenagers

Resources from ACT Education for home learning.

Australia has been weathering more than its fair share of emergencies of late and children will be feeling it just as adults are. Cumulative stress may be taking its toll and some children will be exhibiting behaviour that can become an additional worry for parents. Read more from Community Services #1 Wellness Hub, Supporting children in times of crisis.

An easy tool for kids under the age of 7 to better understand COVID-19 titled, COVIBOOK. It is available in multiple languages.

Support for young people about coping with COVID-19 stress from Head Space.

Kids Helpline COVID-19 information for teens and young adults.

Coping during COVID-19 for teens from Reach Out.


MIEACT is very excited to launch our new interactive digital Mental Health Program for 10 to 14 year olds.
A perfect fit for current online classroom delivery to address the mental health concerns of our young people right now.
FREE for all schools and students across Canberra.

Give it a go at https://mieact.org.au/portal/
You can download the Teacher and Caregiver resource here https://mieact.org.au/workshops/mental-health-and-me/

Parentline ACT offers free confidential counselling services to parents and carers by telephone and ZOOM.

The telephone counselling service is operating, and they also have a Facebook and website keeping the community updated about their service. You can ring 6287 3833, or email them at parentline@parentlineact.org.au

Exercise Right offers tips and advice on workouts parents and kids can do at home. See the fact sheet and workout videos.

Supporting children 2-5 years

Supporting children 6-11

Supporting teens 12-18

Learn-at-home education resources for families:

·         Online skills-ups – for young climate strikers!

·         Making a nature draw – to help kids explore their world

·         A huge list of free educational resources

·         Free online museum tours

·         Tips for reluctant homeschoolers – it’s a facebook post sorry, but still great ideas and strategies

·         Various museums free downloadable colouring books

·         Scholastic’s free lessons portal

·         Free virtual field trips & animal livecams – hello, otters!

·         Storytime From Space – read by astronauts, in space. Awesome.

·         BBC bitesize free school resources – primary and secondary

News articles of interest:

Advice from the World Health Organisation: One on one time , Keeping it positive , Coping with bad behaviour , Providing structure and stability , Talking about COVID-19 to kids , Keeping calm and managing stress

From the esafety Commission:  Protecting children from online abuse

The exercise class parents all over the world are using to survive isolation

How to self-isolate with your kids without combusting 

How to look after yourself and others in self-isolation 

A peek in teachers’ spell books: How to get through home school without the fight

Co-parenting in the time of coronavirus: if you and your ex don’t agree, what are your rights?