Personal Action

Government guidance is clear: ‘Stay alert, control the virus, save lives’. This loss of personal freedom is quite a challenge. The Government’s more detailed list of what this means we can and can’t do can be found by clicking here.

Working from home

After some weeks of HarperLees working from home, we have developed our top 5 tips:

  1. Maintain working hours. Create a schedule and stick to it. It is too easy to keep working until 10pm.
  2. Schedule regular breaks and take them. Even if is just a trip downstairs to make a drink. Enjoy having a proper break for lunch.
  3. Ensure you have a pleasant workspace. Regardless of the space available, keep it as comfy and tidy as you can and ensure everything you need is in one place.
  4. Keep in contact with the rest of your team. Video calls are important. Around the office you would catch up for a chat, that shouldn’t change.
  5. Set realistic goals. Work may be more difficult, with slower IT connections or through not having that face to face contact.

Home Schooling

Taking on the role of teacher can just add to the pressure. It needs to be fun too. If you are struggling for resources to help children with their education, or even your own, here are a few of our favourites:

  • Mathletics (making Maths fun for kids). For a free trial click here.
  • BBC Bitesize. For various subjects and various ages, offering free lessons click here.
  • Duolingo. Learn a new language for adults too click here.
  • PE with Joe Wicks. For exercise for all the family that even the adults will find it tough click here.
  • Jump Start Jonny. Another one to get active with, click here.

After school ‘clubs’

Here are our favourites to stop that cabin fever kicking in:

  • ‘Old-fashioned’ board games. Monopoly, Scrabble and Uno
  • Theatre shows online. Discover Ticketmaster’s guide to streaming theatre at home. Click here.
  • Virtual museum tours. There are lots. Try the Natural History Museum. Click here.
  • Virtual tours of Zoos and Aquariums. Try London Zoo. Click here.
  • Cook together. Is it really lockdown if you haven’t yet made banana bread? Try the BBC food recipes. Click here.
  • Science experiments. There are lots that can be done at home. Try sciencebob.com by clicking here.

Coronavirus – a book for children

Written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts

This is a FREE digital information book for primary school age children to help explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. It answers lots of questions in a child-friendly way, and aims to both inform and reassure. Published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Axel, the text had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and also two headteachers and a child psychologist. Download the book by clicking here.

Return to School

The Department of Employment has issued an update for parents and carers to explain the government plans for children to begin the return to school from 1 June 2020. Click here