Under the current government advice, nurseries, schools and colleges have been closed, except for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

Greater Manchester is working together to support parents and carers with children at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Creative Care Kit for Young People

Recommended age 12+

As we continue to combat Covid-19 the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is leading on a unique initiative to distribute 22,000 a Creative Care Kit to young people across the city-region receive.

If you would like a copy of the 36 page book from the kit, full of ideas, activities and tips to support wellbeing, you are welcome to download it here.

The resource is free to use by young people, families and those who support young people and has been created by arts organisations and charities from across Greater Manchester.

For pregnant women and families expecting a baby

If you are expecting a baby, you can find information about maternity services and care here:

My Birth My Choice

For children under the age of five 

Tiny Happy People has wide range of resources and activities for keeping young children entertained and learning at home.

Tiny Happy People

Hungry Little Minds offers simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.

Hungry Little Minds

If your child is due to start primary school, BBC has information to emotionally, socially and physically prepare your child.

BBC Starting Primary School

For children of school age

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's Training and Development Centre in Bury have created a fire safety in the home workbook for children aged between 7 and 11 years of age to keep children learning at home.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

If your children are of school age, please contact their school for advice and guidance. In addition to the work provided by the school, you can find a number of educational resources for primary and secondary age children here:

Online educational resources

For all ages

Home Start provides a variety of resources to help families during the Coronavirus outbreak, including information for pregnant women, how to talk to your children about Coronavirus, and activities to keep kids busy.

Home Start

Kooth is an online platform that provides mental health support for children and young people.


Manchester City Football Club has games to keep children of all ages active at home.

Cityzens at Home

Resources to help support families during lockdown.

Save the Children