COVID 19 Information, Advice & Resources

Covid-19 Quick Reference Guide for SEND Families (Jan 2021)

Easy Read Guide to Covid-19 Vaccination

Top Tips for Autistic & ADHD Children returning to school in September 2020

Education Psychology - Information packs for parents on:Sleep, Supporting ADHD, Mindfullness, Balancing Anxiety, Parents & Carers

#Coping Young Persons Guide (Senior school age) - Information from CCG & WBC

#Coping guides that are aimed at CYP and their families. Public health information to keeping yourself and family/ friends well during our lock down period and phases. - Primary age & Secondary age

WBC SEND Team - Parents Q&A's

Easy Read Social Distancing

Easy Read Corona Virus & Mental Health

#Coping Family life during the lockdown - Information from CCG & WBC

WBC Children with Disabilities Team - Parents Q&A's

CAMHS Prescriptions during Covid-19

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust CYPIT Services during Covid-19

Wokingham Borough Council

Wokingham Voluntary Sector Useful Contacts during Covid 19

AnDy Clinic - Supporting Children & Young people with worries about Covid-19

Dingley's Promise - Support for any 0-5 year old with SEND

Hospital Communication Passport & information

Council for Disabled Children (CDC) COVID-19 Support and Guidance

IPSEA update on COVID-19, school closures and SEN provision

UK Gov Guidance - COVID-19: residential care, supported living and home care guidance

Downs Syndrome UK


Carers UK

Well Child (National Charity for Sick Children)

NHS Easy Read/photo posters: How to stay safe, Coronavirus and Health issues, What if you get ill?

Information from Wokingham ASSIST (Social Stories etc)

The following resources may be helpful to you when explaining about the coronavirus COVID-19 to your children and young people. Hopefully, alongside showing the importance of washing hands etc., it may also be helpful in allaying some anxieties.

As always with a generic written story – you may have to change language and/or adapt the story to suit your needs, but the basic information is there! Have a look and hopefully one or two will be useful to you. - BBC news article with visuals on washing hands and keeping safe – also parental advice to keep it simple! - hand washing tips for an individual with sensory difficulties - a social story written by Carol Gray – a social story from a special school - a social story written by Amanda McGuinness - a teaching resource to download – a comic strip story from the USA

Home Education, Activities & Resources

Here are some useful links to for activities and educational resources while schools are closed:

Gina Davis Autism Centre - Ideas for all children with attention or listening difficulties

School is closed explanation graphic

WBC Educational Psychology Tips for Families

Online resources:

- BrainPop
- Curiosity Stream
- Tynker
- Outschool
- Udemy
- iReady
- Beast Academy (Math)
- Khan Academy
- Creative Bug
- Discovery Education

YouTube Channels:
- Crash Course Kids
- Science Channel
- SciShow Kids
- National Geographic Kids
- Free School
- Geography Focus
- TheBrainScoop
- SciShow
- Kids Learning Tube
- Geeek Gurl Diaries
- Mike Likes Science
- Science Max
- SoulPancake

Lots of board games, library books (and Kindle), tinkering/upcycling with household junk, etc.
Some resources to help with kids at home:

*Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.…/learnathome.html

*Pretend to travel the world..Go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums.…/museums-with-virtual-tou…

*This is the awesome free curriculum that we use. Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here!

*List of thinking games by grade:

**More awesome free learning websites that we like to use**

What is the Local Offer?

The Local Offer provides information on the services in the Wokingham Borough available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25. The Local Offer was published as part of the SEND reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014.

Links to our Local offer here:

Wokingham Borough Council Local Offer

Local Offer Explained leaflet

Local Offer What's On Guide

Local Offer Survey

How will the Local Offer help me?

  • Provide you with clear and accurate information about the local education, heathland care services making it easier to choose and access the services you need.
  • Help you find the nearest and most suitable services, support groups and leisure activities.
  • Make service provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations

What makes the Local Offer different?

It is more than a directory of services. It brings everything together in one place. It provides all the information you need to help you identify suitable support. You can then make informed decisions about the resources needed, to enable the child or young person with SEND to participate and achieve their outcomes.

The Local Offer is being collaboratively developed by children, young people, their parents and their carers.

The Local Offer will inform joint planning and commissioning of services within Education, Health and Social Care. It is constantly developing based on the feedback received by the local authority.

Links & Support Groups

Local Authority Contacts

Wokingham Borough Council

If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child or young person, a general enquiry about their social care, or an enquiry about an assessment for a direct payment or personal budget.


SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service, formerly Parent Partership) provide impartial advice and information to parent and carers of children who have SEND.

Wokingham SENDIASS


Telephone: 0118 908 8233

The CAN (Children with Additional Needs) Network

The Children with Additional needs (CAN) Network is an information and support service for children and young people with additional needs and their families.

Looking after parent carers - Carers support Wokingham

Berkshire Carers Hub provides information and support for carers in Wokingham. Visit


Telephone: 0118 324 7333

CARERS HEALTH TEAM at Wokingham Borough Council

Web Link: Wokingham Support for Carers


For help with accessing government benefits for children with SEND.


Provides fun, leisure and social activities for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities outside of the school day. There are certain criteria to be able to access Short Breaks, emails the for more information.

Web link: Wokingham Short Breaks & Respite Care

Other Local Authorities

Reading Borough Council

Bracknell Forest Council

Charities/Support Groups

All Disabilities

Building for the future

Camp Mohawk

Dingley's Promise

Parenting Special Children

Go! Great Opportunities - Wokingham

Me 2 Club

Wokingham Healthwatch

Berkshire Carers Hub


National Autistic Society

Autism Berkshire

ASD Family Help

The Autism Group


Physical Disabilities


Learning Disabilities

Wokingham & Bracknell Mencap

Downs Syndrome

Hearing Impairment

The National Deaf Children's Society

Visual Impairment

Berkshire Vision

General Information

Thinking ahead : ABOUT ME a planning guide for families

National Network of Parent Carer Forums

Local Offer Jargon Buster

The Local Offer Survey