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COVID 19: latest information and advice

Learning and activity ideas for families




Learning on the BBC from 11 January

The BBC is bringing its biggest ever education offer from Monday 11 January:

  • CBBC will have a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am.

  • BBCTwo will cater for secondary students with at least two hours of content each weekday.


Free e books for children aged 3-6 years

Free downloaded books for parents and teachers for children aged 3-6 years.
They are completely free and can be shared with parents to help children understand what is happening in the world since the lockdown and having to stay at home.
Guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) 
Get help with remote education

Access guidance, resources and support for teachers and school leaders on educating pupils and students during coronavirus (COVID-19) (opens a new window)

Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19) -  Information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home (opens a new window)

AfC are compiling a list of website and links to learning resources and other ideas to keep children and young people busy while at home.  The list will be updated as more information is added.  Please note that although this first list has been complied by teachers for teachers and parents, we have not, and cannot quality assess each link. So please use your judgement to decide which activities are suitable for your child. You can download the latest list below:

Links to education and activity resources (pdf)


AfC Virtual School - Ideas for home learning: early years and primary (pdf)

SEND Resources

Some additional learning and activity suggestions specific to children and young people with SEND are also available on the SEND Local Offer section of this website (opens a new window)

 Other ideas

Bedtime in Barnes (opens a new window) Enjoy a series of bedtime stories for the young ones, read by local Barnes residents. 

A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler

Download Coronavirus - a book for children (pdf)

Kingston Music Service 

Online Music Lessons

Kingston Music Service will be offering online tuition on a huge range of instruments from the summer term. If haven’t signed up yet and are interested in applying for online lessons, go to (opens a new window) 

Kingston Libraries Digital Events Programme

The library service has launched a digital events programme for teens, toddlers and adults. There are sessions on health and wellbeing, including tips for managing anxiety and depression, as well as taking time out to learn something new. Under 5s can join a daily rhyme-time on live stream, on Tuesday mornings at 11am. At 3.30pm every day a librarian will live-stream an ebook review as part of the service’s digital offer. 

If you’re a member of Kingston Libraries, you can access e-books and download e-audio books for free from our online library 24 hours a day. All you need is internet access and your library membership card. If you want to set up an online library account contact the library team at

Kingston online library service (opens a new window)

Kingston Library and Heritage Service Facebook page (opens a new window)

Richmond Library Service offer a digital library:

Richmond online digital service (opens a new window)

Children's Centres will be operating a virtual timetable and would like to encourage families to access this as a source of support whilst their doors are closed. 

You can join in from the Richmond Children's Centres Facebook page (opens a new window)

You can join in from the Kingston Children's Centres Facebook page (opens a new window)

Audible are streaming a collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, for children.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Visit the Audible website (opens a new window) to start listening 

OurParks (opens a new window) are offering free online exercise classes on their website.

Tiny Happy People (opens a new window) is a BBC website to help you develop your child's communication skills. Explore simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development. 

National Saturday Club: Online (opens a new window) is a platform that provides free to access activities designed by tutors from colleges and universities across the country, as well as Masterclass briefs set by leading industry professionals. The projects have been designed for National Saturday Club* members, as well as our alumni and the wider public, and we encourage everyone to take part! 

*Young people around the country are spending Saturday mornings at their local university, college or museum discovering subjects they love. Saturday Clubs are open to 13–16 year olds and free to attend. Joining the National Saturday Club is a chance to meet exceptional people, learn new skills and find out more about further education, higher education and rewarding careers.


Here's what celebrities are offering you and your children for free to help with their education

PE with Joe Wicks (opens a new window)
Daily story with David Walliams (opens a new window)
Dance with Darcey Bussell (opens a new window)
McGrammar (opens a new window)​​