Talking to children about Coronavirus​​​

Guidance for Parents who are Keyworkers

A really friendly worksheet to help parents explain the virus to young children in a way that can help reduce fear and worry

Credit: Mind Heart

While we can't hug
Coronavirus: A Book for Children
My Hero is You: How Kids can Fight Covid-19
Supporting Children and Young People with Worries about Covid-19

The Recovery College has developed an informative course for children (Aged 7-12 and 13-18) as a way of learning about the global pandemic. 

Credit: Online Recovery College

Supporting yourself and others through death and grief
Covid-19 Parenting
Covid-19 resource pack for parents

Coronavirus is impacting everyone’s lives, including people with autism and their families. This website offers a wealth of resources and support for families living with autism.

Credit: The National Autistic Society

Returning to School

Psychological impact for LGBT+
Coronavirus Time Capsule

This guidance has been published in collaboration with many psychologist professionals, local authorities, organisations and schools. Its purpose is to help families and schools consider the psychological needs of children returning to school. 

Credit: British Psychological Society

Fighting OCD during Covid-19

This video, as used on the official government website, presents an engaging and stimulating fact sheet for children about Coronavirus.

Credit: Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Stay At Home Superheroes Video

A thoughtful article that considers the best way to support new mums and families who are self-isolating with newborn and young babies.

Credit: British Psychological Society

Advice for Keyworker parents

Hedgehog and Tortoise want to give each other a great big hug, but they're not allowed to touch.This story "While We Can't Hug" can help children understand the limited physical contact with family and friends

Credit: Faber and Faber

This information sheet from provides comprehensive guidance about how to support young people who are worried about Coronavirus

Credit: Emerging Minds

These helpful resource packs were designed to help young people understand their anxiety and worry around Coronavirus

Credit: NHS Grampian CAMHS Early Intervention Team

Guidance for Parents

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Latest Information (21/04/21)

CAYP Psychology is keeping up to date with any new developments regarding Coronavirus and updates will be provided here.

On 12th April 2021, England's tough restrictions started to be lifted. Our face-to-face appointments at our head office in Whitefield (North Manchester), and our clinics in Gatley and in Sale are all going ahead, subject to availability.

If you do wish for a face-to-face appointment, we are keeping a few requests in place. We continue to ask that:

  • You do not attend our clinics if anyone in your family home is displaying symptoms of Coronavirus (having been tested or not), or has been instructed to stay at home.
  • You wear a mask or face covering when you arrive and you are inside the building. We have masks available for you to use.
  • You use the available hand sanitiser upon arrival and upon leaving your appointment.
  • You arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your appointment is due to start.

The Coronavirus restrictions in Gatley and Sale may be slightly different, as these facilities are operated by other services. To ensure that you are up to date with the Covid-secure requirements, please do speak with your psychologist.

Our appointments are all available online, with the exception of our specialist cognitive assessments and ASD assessments. We ask that you consider opting for an online appointment via Zoom video conferencing. 

If you wish for your appointment to take place via video conferencing, all you need is a mobile, tablet or desktop device, and your psychologist will send you a link and password shortly before your appointment.

For the most up to date guidance, please visit the government's website:

If you need to cancel your appointment due to the Coronavirus, cancellation fees do not apply and your appointment can be re-booked.

If you have any questions, please do be in touch with us:

Coping during the pandemic - Course for adults
Social media during isolation
Advice for Families who have been Shielding
Coping during the pandemic - Course for children 13-18
Talking to children about illness

This is specific for Greater Manchester but outlines all the different circumstances and scenarios that children may face regarding absence from school.

Credit: Greater Manchester Authority

This pandemic can be an opportunity for Children, Young People and Adolescents to create a memory of everything that was going on. This time capsule can help to document this challenging time.

Credit: Long Creations

A short document with suggestions of how to talk to children about Coronavirus.

Credit: British Psychological Society

Parenting young babies whilst self-isolating
It's OK to worry about Coronavirus - Teenagers

Parenting involves many skills, and these have been put to the test during this pandemic. UNICEF have produced easy-to-read and relatable guidance and advice for parents of children, covering multiple topics including: One on one time, managing bad behaviour, online safety, overcoming stress and budgeting.   ​
Credit: UNICEF 

Dave the dog is worried about Coronavirus

In this brief animation, Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap, illustrates how to use a therapeutic approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy(ACT) to help manage the fear, anxiety and worry around Coronavirus.

Credit: Dr Russ Harris​

My name is Coronavirus

This is a detailed guide about how parents who are keyworkers can support their children and families during Coronavirus.

Credit: British Psychological Society

Following a global survey (completed in Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish) to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak, this book was created. It's a wonderful, inspiring and uplifing book for children about the outbreak
Credit: Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

This helpful resource pack offers parents some guidance to help young people understand their anxiety and worry around Coronavirus

Credit: NHS Grampian CAMHS Early Intervention Team

National Autistic Society Resouces
Talking to children about Coronavirus

This is a detailed guide about how parents who are keyworkers can inform their children about why their parents or carers may not be staying at home, or why they may be going to school.

Credit: British Psychological Society

Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty

The Recovery College has developed an informative course for adults as a way of learning about the global pandemic. 

Credit: Online Recovery College

Guidance for Parents of children in Shielding Families

When your parent is a keyworker

Coronavirus Psychological Resources for Children, Adolescents and Young People

Back to School: Psychological Perspectives

These short guides offer advice and support for keeping well, and for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Credit: South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust​

Keeping well during Covid-19

Whilst social media is a part of our everyday lives, we should be mindful about the best ways to use it. This article provides some helpful suggestions.

Credit: British Psychological Society

It's OK to worry about Coronavirus - Children under 12
Coping during the pandemic - Course for children 7-12

The United Nations have produced informative and helpful guidance on how the role of the parent can be challenged and managed during this Coronavirus outbreak.

Credit: The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime

Coronavirus: Facts For Kids

A valuable discussion about some of the ways social distancing measures may specifically affect gender, sexuality and relationship diverse populations. There are links to additional support..

Credit: British Psychological Society

A guide for parents regarding absence
Information on Parenting

With lots of uncertainty and change, it can be a really scary time for children. Here's a book for children about Coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.

Credit: Nurse Dotty Books

Talking about illness is a complex topic and it can be hard to use the right language for children. This guidance offers age-appropriate tools for talking about illness. 

Credit: British Psychological Society

This is guidance for families who have been shielding, or who have children who have been shielding. There are many psychological factors to consider, and this document summaries the most important factors clearly. 

Credit: British Psychological Society

Axel Scheffler (illustrator of The Gruffalo) has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children about the Coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. 

Credit: Nosy Crow

This is a detailed guide about  understanding and making sense of worry in the context of Coronavirus.

Credit: Psychology Tools

The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult emotional experiences that we have in life. It can be even more challenging during these uncertain times. This guide on bereavement provides thoughtful support and advice during what can seem like an overwhelming time.

Credit: British Psychological Society

This is a lovely, empowering and visual story, developed to help children all over the world to understand the pandemic and the important role they can play. 

CreditSophie Marsh