Published:  11:46 PM, 09 August 2021

Top tips to help kids catch up this summer

Top tips to help kids catch up this summer
Dana Abdulkarim, senior lead teacher in PE andPSHE and the first Muslim woman to represent England in any sport, andHerminder K Channa OBE, executive principal at Ark Boulton Academy, are here toreassure parents that help is at hand.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone,not least children and young people who have had their education and schoolexperience disrupted by lockdowns, self-isolation and remote learning. Its no surprise thatparents, teachers – and even pupils have expressed concern about the effectsthe Covid-19 outbreak could have on their education.

To support parents to fillgaps in their childrens learning, the Department for Education haslaunched a new website featuring catch-up programmes and funresources for children and young people in England this summer.

Everythingfrom support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities andearly years to mental health is covered. And there are a range of resources tosuit children of all ages and suggestions for activities parents can do withtheir children and ones that kids can do independently.

Dana Abdulkarim and Herminder K Channa OBE reassure parents that theycan support their childrens learning over the summer through fun and educationalactivities.

Here theyshare some of their top tips on how you can help your kids catch up over thesummer holidays.

Encourage healthy eating andexercise through the Holiday Activities and Food Programme

Maintaining a healthy andactive lifestyle is important for all of us, but especially children. A gooddiet and regular physical activity is essential for childrens health anddevelopment.

Before and throughout thepandemic, Ive seen first-hand how providing nutritious meals can be difficult –or even unattainable – for some families, especially during the holidays. The Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF) is here to provide healthy food andenriching activities to children who need them. The key here is about makinggood food and movement choices part of your lifestyle, rather than something to try.

Plus, families who take part inHAF receive access to information and support to help them develop theirunderstanding of nutrition and food budgeting.

The programme is run bycouncils and is free for children who receive free school meals.

To find out how to getinvolved, contact your local council.

For additional summer support,your child may still have the opportunity to take part in a summer school. This combination of lessons and fun activities isaimed at new Year 7s. For more information, contact your childs school.

HerminderK Channa OBE

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