We find ourselves in an extraordinary situation with the corona crisis. We wish you all strength in this period and be vigilant and take all the precautionary measures to protect yourself. Imagine a world that has overcome the corona situation and that will be more peaceful, more united, more healthy, more harmonious.



The Corona Song

Last Saturday Briony Vanden Bussche, one of the Alliance for Childhood Partners, sent me a message with a wonderful song that she composed and performed and that she called "The Corona Song". It is uplifting in this difficult period. You can listen to the song when clicking on this link:


The song "Give me a voice"

At an earlier occasion Briony made the song "Give me a voice", which you can listen to via this link:


EMDR Europe gives advice to parents

From the EMDR Europe group I also received a message to help parents to cope with the corona situation if they are together with their children in home quarantine conditions. Please find the documents:



Invitation to Partners to announce other Initiatives

If other Partners would like to take initiatives within the Alliance for Childhood Community you can fill it in on the Google form below:


Creative Ideas for Families and Schools

1.   Music and Singing

i) The Sofa Singers bring together hundreds of people in real time for 45 minutes of simultaneous singing, smiling and sharing songs and stories. This might just restore some sanity for parents after a long day...

ii) The Royal Opera House will be offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural as well as a unique look behind the scenes at one of the world's most famous cultural institutions:

  • Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet - 27 March 2020, 7pm GMT
  • Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera - 3 April 2020, 7pm BST
  • Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera - 10 April 2020, 7pm BST
  • The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet - 17 April 2020, 7pm BST

iii) Sound Connections with music education expert, Sue Nicholls, bring some super ideas for making your own recycled percussion instruments that sound wonderful and can even be washed clean!


2.   Art, Design, Materials and Mixed Media

i) Think with Things Island is a community playing towards a shared goal of learning, designing and sharing practice in play based learning and working with found objects.

ii) Curious Arts Activities by Dr Louisa Penfold - scholar, artist and play-in-museums expert - who shares her delightful imagination with the world in a series of awesome arts activities over the next few weeks.

iii) Fun Palaces connection revolutions ideas include practical suggestions to help local communities connect a little more or simply pass time creatively in self-isolation.

iv) Out-of-the-ordinary, home-made creative ideas for kids (and adults!), cheap and easy to make with most household materials.

v) From the wonderfully adventurous 64 Million Artists comes a series of creative challenges for creative minds! A million and one ideas.


3.   Dance and Movement

i) Anyone who was inspired by Itay Yatuv's infamous movement video with his daughter, Sophie (and thought, 'Yikes! I could never do that!') will be delighted to find he is offering free training for teachers and parents with their little ones through his facebook videos so that YES, you CAN do that!

ii) Northern Ballet's Early Years project introduces young children to dance through music, storytelling and multisensory play, with three different resource packs to help you explore the concepts of colour, Going on a Bear Hunt and Where The Wild Things Are.

4.   Museums

i) Join in with the Google Cultural Institute to explore artists from around the world or take a walk around Machu Picchu as if you were right there, with Google Arts & Culture.

ii) Sit back and enjoy twelve famous museums that offer virtual tours you can take on your couch.

iii) Dip in to the Museum of London's Early Years Toolkit to explore a universe of subjects from how to create learning spaces to messy play to how creativity supports early brain and body development.


5.   Story

i) Discover Audible with thousands of books for you and your little ones to cuddle up and to listen to when nothing else will do (now free).

ii) Get lost in the British Library's beautiful maps, illustrated manuscripts, sounds, histories, herstories, artists interviews, photographs and hundreds of online collections across all historical subject areas.

iii) Cultural ideas from the RSA that might just change the world.