How to have a kōrero

Explain what is happening and how it may affect your whānau

Spend time listening to how your kids are feeling. Explain what you and others are doing to keep them safe.

Keep things simple and listen

Use simple, short words so they can understand what you are saying. Answer questions, and provide comfort and support. 

Be a role model

Try and be calm even when you're not feeling it. Don’t be afraid to get help if you think you need it.

Be open and honest

Find the latest, factual information on the Unite Against COVID-19 website. If you don't know the answer yourself, it's okay to tell them that. 

Talk about healthy habits

Let your tamariki know that the best way to stay safe is to properly wash our hands (with soap for 20 seconds), coughing and sneezing into our elbows and keeping a safe distance from others

Think about different ways to share thoughts

Sometimes tamariki might find it easier to draw a picture, or write down their thoughts. Hear Tamati Ellison talk about how he gives his children a method to openly share how they're feeling.


Nanogirl resources

Nanogirl has created some awesome videos for tamariki. There are more videos and experiments you can try at home on the Nanogirl website.

Coronavirus explained for kids

Teaching your children handwashing

How soap destroys coronavirus


Posters for your whānau from Protect our Whakapapa

You may also find these resources from Protect our Whakapapa useful:

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