Activities and support during coronavirus

Information on services and support is listed below.

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School and college

Attending school

East Sussex schools and colleges will open for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities on Monday 8 March. Attendance will be compulsory for all pupils, except those who are clinically vulnerable or self-isolating. Primary schools will reopen fully on 8 March. Secondary schools and colleges are arranging Covid tests for pupils. They will have a phased return during the first week to help them to consider how best to deliver the tests.

Re-opening of schools from 8 March- information for families of children with SEND in East Sussex

Learning at home

If your is child is learning from home, because they are clinically vulnerable or self isolating, your school will provide materials and guidance. You may also find these websites useful:

Online lessons- Oak Academy website

Learning at home- BBC Bitesize

Help and advice


Your child’s school is your first point of contact. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, or you have a query about an ISEND service your child received, contact Customer Relations Team
Phone 0345 60 80 192 option 5, 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

Independent advice for parents and young people

Amaze SENDIASS Advice Line
Phone 01273 772289
Amaze SENDIASS website

Educational Psychology helpline (from January 18th)

Phone 01273 481967. Leave your name and number and ask for a call back from an Educational Psychologist.

East Sussex Parent Carer Forum

ESPCF represent the views of parent carers in East Sussex. Call 07949 430359 for an informal chat or text for a call back. You can also join ESPCF on their website.

I-Rock advice and support for young people

i-Rock are currently offering online, phone and email support with emotional wellbeing, jobs, education and housing.See i-Rock website.

Therapies and disability equipment

Children’s Integrated Therapy and Equipment Service (CITES)
Phone 0300 123 2650
CITES website

Mental health

Local children’s mental health support on C360 website

Local mental health support for adults in the Mental Health Directory

Calm Zone from Childline

Free Calm Pack from Relax Kids

Parent carer support

Local parent carer support groups on the escis website

One to one ‘Listening Ear’ sessions for parent carers from Contact

Parenting during covid advice on Open for Parents website

Coronavirus advice and support information from Amaze

Other guidance

Coronavirus returning to school toolkit from Mentally Healthy Schools

Preparing your child for returning to school from Royal College of Occupational Therapists

My Back to School Bubble storybook – translations available in several languages from

A list of websites giving advice on supporting children with change

Routines and timetables (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 1258k)

Learning through play (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 765k)

Emotional wellbeing (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 2119k)

Routine, sleep, exercise and more from Council for Disabled Children

Story book about Covid 19 in several language on Maniela Molina website

Mini-blog for siblings of disabled children on Sibs website

Coronavirus information for people with learning disabilities on Sussex Partnership NHS Trust website

Activities at home

Please note, some of these activities are online and children should be supervised. See our guidance on staying safe online.

Wellbeing boxes from libraries

You can order online and collect a Family Activity Box, a Teen Wellbeing Bag or a Wellbeing Box for adults. Click and collect from East Sussex Libraries.

Ideas for disabled children.

Live online activities on The Sensory Project website

Interactive activities on Disability Challengers website

Get Set Club 10 day home challenge on Wave Leisure website

Video activity demos for young children on Dingley’s Promise website

10 activities for children with autism (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 69k)

Daily activity videos for disabled children from Swings and Smiles on Swings and Smile Twitter and Swings and Smiles Facebook.

Disability accessible workout videos on Superhero Series Facebook

Videos to help you make play inclusive on Sense website

MAKATON signed stories on Singing Hands website

Ideas for the whole family

Online books, comics, competitions and more at East Sussex Libraries.

Short indoor activities for older children on the Scouts website

Covid time capsule pack on Long Creations website

30 day Lego challenge from Fun Learning for Kids

100 things to do indoors from Spread the Happiness

Live sports and exercise online daily from Active Sussex and Reboot

Regular yoga videos on Cosmic Kids Yoga website

Live P.E lessons every day on Joe Wicks You Tube channel

Activity sheets from David Walliams

Childcare and community activities

Most childcare is open. Most youth clubs and groups will need to close for this period, but some some youth services may be able to continue, such as one to one youth work and support groups.

See providers’ websites or contact them for up to date information. If you can’t find what you need, contact the Customer Relations Team
0345 60 80 192 option 5, 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday

Childcare providers

Find childminders, nurseries and playschemes on the escis website.

Inclusive activities

Most of these activities are currently closed but you may wish to contact them for when the current restrictions finish.

i-go leisure providers offering discounts and accessibility information

Buzz Active watersports at Cuckmere Haven and Eastbourne

Active Hastings clubs for age 8 plus

Accessible Spirit of Football sessions at Eastbourne Borough Football Team

All inclusive teams for under 16s at Seaford Town Football Club

These links will keep you up to date on leisure centres:
Wave Leisure- Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Ringmer and Seaford
Freedom Leisure- Bexhill, Hailsham, Hastings, Heathfield, Rye

Special needs activities

Activities for children and young people with special needs on escis website