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The current situation is a huge challenge for all families with children, that have had to adapt to the health emergency and its requirements. Now we can all pull together to turn this challenge into an opportunity to look after ourselves and learn together.

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  • “Estimat diari” was open from 30 March to 3 July, giving a voice to our children and offering them a place to express and share their moods, feelings, concerns and experiences during the state of emergency through drawings, texts, videos and photos.

    The platform has now become a place where you can see all the creations produced and shared by children during these months.

    Teaching materials (PDF) [catalan] have also been developed using the pieces received, for working on emotions with pupils between the ages of 8 and 12 at primary school. 

    All these creations are part of the “Lockdown Memories” project and will be kept at the Municipal Archive as an account of this period and an alternative to adult perspectives. You can now also see them in a travelling exhibition which will visit all the city’s neighbourhoods. 

    Estimat diari (CA)

    Last updated: 15/01/2021

  • Students taking part in the “Barcelona i el Turisme: demanem la paraula” programme produced some very special work in 2020.

    Given the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, they focused their cameras on places within visual reach of their homes, their gaze probing the chunk of the neighbourhood they can see from their balconies, yards or roof terraces.

    The video “Barcelona a vista de balcó” offers a chance to discover new corners of the city through the eyes of these youngsters. They provide an intimate portrait of an empty city, void of its swirls of people, inviting us to gaze on what their surroundings reveal and share the emotions they felt at a time when our only way of relating to the city was from our home.

    Barcelona a vista de balcó (CA)

    Last updated: 15/01/2021

Questions frequently asked by children

We’re a group of experts in different fields, and we want to help to clear up any doubts you might have about the current situation! And that means any questions or doubts – about the coronavirus, how you’re feeling, your ideas and suggestions... in fact, about anything you’d like!

We want to know how you’re all dealing with the coronavirus situation. It’s something that has taken everyone by surprise, isn’t it? Not even the most brilliant screenwriter could ever have imagined this actually happening here in the real world.

There are lots of things we don’t know yet about the disease. But bit by bit, we are making progress against coronavirus. 

There have been big changes in our lives because of coronavirus, so you’re bound to have lots of questions, and you’ll want answers to all of them. That’s why this space is just for you, to help you cope with all these changes in your daily lives.

Children, are you thinking that you’re not really sure exactly what’s happening?  Keep on reading!

For mums and dads

    • Even though they aren’t going to school, try to keep to daily routine and timetable.
    • Limit the time they spend in front of screens. A maximum of one and a half hours a day is recommended. And when they do so, they should look away for 5 or 10 minutes every hour.
    • Where possible, encourage active play: hide-and-seek, dancing, exercises, etc. If you have a garden or a courtyard, get them to play a ball game or do some laps on their bike.
    • Another good option is educational play: building blocks, brain teasers, manual work, calculation activities, and so on.
    • If they can read, children’s stories, comics and novels are a good way to pass some time.
    • This is also a good time for involving children in the household chores: helping to prepare the meals, laying and clearing the table, tidying up their room, and so on.
    • Try to tell them why they have to stay at home, so that their confinement is not a negative experience.
    • It’s also a good time to encourage good hygiene habits, teaching them how to wash their hands properly and doing it with them.
    • It’s really important to find a balance between study time, play time and screen time.
    • And remember to keep a positive attitude.

    Tips for staying healthy during the confinement. Health Channel [PDF] (CA)

  • The changes in routines and new circumstances we are currently experiences may affect children, especially those in the 0 to 6 age group who have developmental difficulties.

    Where children show signs of being very nervous, anxious or disorganised, child-development and early-care centres (CDIAP) provide families with advice or guidelines specifically designed for each child and for the particular circumstances of each nuclear family.

    You are also recommended to:

    • Control the amount of surrounding sounds and materials to foster calmness, and limit the use of screens and games with lights, especially before bedtime.
    • Speak with a calm, relaxed voice.
    • Encourage contact with soft materials such as cushions, mattresses and fabrics.
    • Prepare hot baths to help relax their muscle tone and body and give them a massage, stroking and pressing on various points of the body that help them to relax.
    • Create container spaces where children can feel comfortable and protected, with sheets, blankets or other materials you may have at home.

    Assistance services for children with developmental difficulties

    Last updated: 18/01/2021

  • No time restrictions for children’s play areas, that work at 50% capacity.

    Given the health emergency situation, parents and guardians are asked to pay heed to the following recommendations:

    • Look to ensure that the children are accompanied by just one adult.
    • Choose a park which is close the children's home or school.
    • Ensure that the parks do not get too crowded.
    • Do not spend a long time in the playgrounds to ensure that all children can enjoy some time there.
    • Clean your hands with hydraulic gel before going into the playgrounds, while you are there, and when you leave. Both children and adults.
    • Do not use the swings, slides and other shared-use equipment.
    • Is not allow to eat and drink in the play area.
    • Remember that from age 6 years the use of a face mask is mandatory, and between 3 and 5 years it is recommended.
    • Respect the security distance between people and tell the children they must do likewise.
    • Do not sit on the benches inside the playgrounds to avoid overcrowding.

    Further information

    Last updated: 31/05/2021

  • “Coronavirus et farem petit!” is a series of five videos produced by Barcelona City Council and the NGO Pallassos Sense Fronteres to make young children aware of the importance of protection measures against Covid-19.

    “Coronavirus et farem petit!” offers a light-hearted approach, designed to help families empower young children between the ages of 3 and 6, equipping them with resources for the situation generated by Covid-19 and enabling them to work on emotions and awareness through positive messages on the need to adopt protection measures.

    You can see the videos using the following links:

    Renta’t les mans (catalan)
    Et saludo! (catalan)
    Juga diferent (catalan)
    Mantingues la distància​ (catalan)

    Last updated 18/01/2021

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