COVID-19 (coronavirus)

 Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to
answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and
children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact
this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)


Information and letters

Closure of schools - Parent information

Government guidance for schools 

New Free School Meal Voucher information

Health Advice from Reading Borough Council 

GFIS Coronavirus precautions Public Health Agency Advice 

NHS coronavirus advice for travel GFIS Updated advice 13th March 

School closure information 19th March 

Coronavirus data information to parents and staff 24th March 2020

Brighter Futures for Children coronavirus updates


Help and support

Managing wellbeing - for adults and for children

Child-friendly book about coronavirus


ThinkNinja is a free app designed to support children's emotional health and wellbeing. It is available from your device's relevant app store. 

There is a section in the app for coronavirus, covering fears linked to coronavirus, isolation struggles, worries about family and friends and coping techniques. 

Click here for more information. 



Support for parents

9 ways to stay mentally healthy during uncertain times

NHS 5 steps to mental wellbeing free mindfulness resources during COVID-19

Apps to support your emotional health and wellbeing

 Local charities and links for parents


One Reading Community Hub:

The One Reading Community Hub has been created for Reading borough residents who may require additional support during the pandemic. It is also a place for people to volunteer their time or services to help those in need.

The hub is a partnership between Reading Borough Council, Reading Voluntary Action, Brighter Futures for Children and the town's wide and varied voluntary and community sector. 

It provides a helpline 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday on 0808 1894325 (freephone). For more details visit: