Child and parents or carers at home

For parents and carers

Brighter Futures for Children provides a range of support and guidance for parents and carers

Activities, ideas and resources for keeping busy throughout autumn.


Local activities or services

  • For parents and carers with children under 5, our children’s centres are running various virtual sessions, or walks in different locations in the borough where you can meet safely with other families and access any support you may need.

– In October, there’s Together Time Family Group, a virtual 4-week programme.

– Walks every Tuesday @ Prospect Park, Wednesdays meet @South Reading Leisure Centre, Thursdays @ Palmer Park, Friday @ Coley Recreation Ground.

Email to book a place and see more of their activities  on Facebook

  • A number of holiday schemes are being run by private and voluntary organisations in the borough this summer. To view which clubs are open, please visit this holiday clubs guide
  • Get Berkshire Active has a lots of activities and challenges to help you stay active together
  • Reading  museum has lots of online activities for all ages to try here, as does Reading University’s Museum of Rural Life 
  • Here are some ideas for days out and things to do in Berkshire
  • For more info and things to do, visit our Family Information Service‘s activities guide

BFfC activity sheets or resources

Other fun ideas

  • Get your kids moving with these fun, Disney inspired indoor games and activities from the NHS, Change4Life
  • The parents hub on Twinkl’s website has lots of ideas, activities and resources which you can access when you sign up – have a look here
  • The Literacy Trust has some great ideas, including encouraging children to write letters to people living in care homes, with #MyDearNewFriend
  • Audiobooks are free while schools are closed with Audible
  • Earn eight Blue Peter badges by completing various tasks
  • CBBC has activities on their website and a section dedicated to keeping busy at home.
  • Each week Girl Guiding are releasing adventures and activities for 4 year olds to 18 year olds.
  • Keep your children entertained by downloading the 30 day Lego challenge 
  • National Geographic Kids is a fun website, with resources to learn about animals, science, history and the world
  • Craft ideas, quick quizzes, wonderful word searches and many more fun ideas to do indoors can be found on Roald Dahl‘s website.
  • Lots of great ideas and resources to help kids and families connect with nature on the RSPB site.
  • Sports England has launched a campaign to inspire us all to keep active: Stay In, Work Out
  • From dough disco with nursery rhymes to 100 things to do indoors, Spread the Happiness have lots of ideas to entertain.
  • There are some simple and fun activities on the Stephen Lawrence Day website that are about connecting with the community.