Because of the Coronavirus Government advice is for everyone to stay at home as much as they can.
Schools, local authority nurseries, private nurseries, childminders and out of school care are closed unless they are staying open to provide emergency childcare for key workers. Information about who is classed as a key worker can be found on the Scottish Government website and information about arrangements in your local area can be found on your local council’s website.
We all need to stay at home. The only reasons you’re allowed to leave your home are:
All social events are banned. Any public gathering of more than two people (unless it’s members of the same household or for essential work purposes) is banned.
When it’s not safe to stay at home
For most people, staying at home is difficult, but for some people it is not safe, for example, where there is domestic abuse or housing issues.
For specialist advice on domestic abuse, call the domestic abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234 (it also has webchat and email facilities)
For specialist advice on housing, visit Shelter Scotland’s website or call 0808 800 4444
Keeping a ‘social distance’
Any of us could carry the virus but not have symptoms and end up spreading it wherever we go. So, for now, even if we are well, we’re all being asked to:
This is very important because:
This is a new way of life (for a while). The usual advice is to get out and about and keep active to keep healthy. So, staying put will be hard. A few simple things you can do to keep yourself and your children as healthy as possible are:
One Parent Families Scotland has produced information about how to keep your children occupied during social distancing.
Doing the best you can is what counts
It’s hard for everyone to be staying at home the whole time whether you’re working from home or not. Some people will be trying to continue their children’s education, others will be doing their best just to get by.
Some parents will be looking for information and resources to help with their child’s education at home; others will be just trying to get by.
Just remember, maintaining the health and well being of your family is essential, everything else is optional.
If you are worrying about your children missing out because they are not at school, you might be tempted to do more than you all can really manage, like trying to make them do school work for so many hours a day. You can help as best you can, but they also need you to give them and yourself a break:
Like it or not, we’ll be using our screens more than usual: for fun; for learning; for working; and for keeping in touch with others. We’ll all be on our screens a lot more but try to keep some sort of limit on this if you can.
And more generally, all curling up to a good film or favourite programme is a great way to have family time and wind down.