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Easter Holidays

🐰 Easter Holidays - keep the fun at home 🐰

While the Easter holidays will be very different this year for families who are usually out and about, they can still be full of fun and excitement from home! Did you know:

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum has their own virtual tour PLUS you can listen to Sir David Attenborough narrate a virtual tour around Hintze Hall!

Natural History Museum virtual tour

Six Shakespeare’s Globe productions will be available to watch free on Globe Player, from 6 April.

Take a look at Globe Player

Shakespeare's Globe

You can do a virtual tour of museums all over the world - including the British Museum!  

Museum virtual tours

British Museum

The Royal Opera House is bringing both ballet and opera to every home:

Get cultural with some ballet

The Royal Ballet

💛 For more inspiration and new additions of activities and ideas (we're always adding more!), visit our school holidays page for the latest updates 💛

Visit our Easter Holidays page

Latest news

Free school meals voucher scheme

Fresh fruit

A new voucher scheme has been launched for children who are entitled to free school meals.

Parents will be able to get shopping vouchers worth £15 each week to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed to most pupils. 

Your child’s school should offer either a meal or a food voucher. This scheme does not include the universal infant free school meals entitlement.

To find out more, contact your school directly or visit the following links.

Read more about the scheme

Find out if your child is eligible

Funding for childcare providers to stay open over Easter


We are investing £300,000 to help childcare providers stay open during the Easter holidays so that critical workers, whose children cannot be cared for at home, can continue to work.

If you are a parent, and you need advice or support, please email 

Read more about childcare closures

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Helping kids understand Coronavirus

A useful guide for children

Children's guide to Coronavirus

A children's guide to Coronavirus has been created by the Children's Commissioner, aimed at children to help them understand the current situation.

The guide answers common questions, teaches children how to stay safe and offers suggestions of how to make the most of the time at home.

Download a copy for your child 👇

Download kids' Coronavirus guide

'Coronavirus Explained! (For Kids)' is another helpful guide for kids in video format.

Information and visuals are used in an easily digestible way to explain the current COVID-19 situation to children. You and your kids can watch the video on YouTube.

Watch the video

Keeping the family's mental health in check

Tips for mental wellbeing

Mental health

There are lots of things that you can do to help your family's mental well-being while staying home.

Some helpful tips include:

Deciding on a routine and sticking to it, eating well and staying hydrated, finding ways to be creative and keep your mind stimulated, trying to keep active, and staying in touch with friends and family online.

Mental health charity, Mind, has much more advice to help you and your family cope during this uncertain time.

Visit Mind

If you're anxious, struggling to sleep, or just not feeling yourself, take the Every Mind Matters quiz for practical NHS tips on improving your mood or sleep pattern.

Every Mind Matters Quiz

Don't forget that you must stay home to avoid the spread of Coronavirus, even over Easter.
We encourage you to take your daily form of exercise and get the family out of the house for a walk every day, but please don't drive to local beauty spots and parks, as this is classed as non-essential travel. Take a walk to a local park and remember to stay 2 metres away from people who aren't from your household.

Easter holidays



Win a 3 month baking at home subscription!

Veolia competition

Our waste contractor, Veolia, has an exciting Easter competition for you!

Test your recycling knowledge and take part in Veolia's Easter word search competition. One word from the list is missing from the word search, when you find it, enter it on the Veolia website to be in with the chance to win a three month Baking Club subscription with a different recipe and ingredients kit arriving each month. Good luck!

Download the word search

Visit the website