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Parenting in the time of Covid-19 and lockdown

Here is how you can achieve a positive relationship with your child during confinement. We also provide you with helpful links to study material from the Department of Basic Education.

You cannot go to work. Schools are closed and parents’ worries about finances increase.

Many are left with an overwhelming feeling of anxiety.

Most parents also had to step up to the plate and assist their children with schoolwork as schools had to introduce remote online learning, mostly via free online learning tools.

Since President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that lockdown will be extended some schools also took the decision to introduce learners to new curriculum via remote online learning.

Also read: Covid-19 Lockdown: 7 tips for parents to help them assist their children with schoolwork

Bedfordview and Edenvale NEWS and Caxton stepped up to help parents with schoolwork and published a video series in which Johannesburg-based education expert, Ponnie Moodley, introduced our online audiences to proactive steps and tips to help parents guide their children through schoolwork at home.

Find the full video series with Moodley’s top 7 tips here.

Also read: Saheti continues teaching programme remotely with teacher Matthew Hains blazing the trail for the rest of the school

To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, the World Health Organisation also released a series of tips to help with parenting in the time of Covid-19.

These steps will guide parents to achieve one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress and talking about Covid-19.

Scroll down for study material provided by the Department of Basic Education.

Keeping it positive

Structure Up


Bad Behaviour

Keep calm and manage stress

Talk about Covid-19

Find more online study material from the Department of Basic Education here:
Grade 12: Mind the Gap Study Guides
Grade 12: Revision booklets
Grade R: Resource Kit
Grades 10-12: Self-study guides
Grades 1-3: Big Books
Grades 4-12: Siyavula Textbooks
Grades 4-6: Thunderbolt Kids Adventures
Grades 7-9: MST Workbooks
Grades R – 9: Rainbow Workbooks
Second Chance Matric Support Programme
South African Sign Language

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