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New online resource provides leisure activities for young children and teens 

An online activity portal has been set up by Northumberland County Council to assist parents with leisure activities for children and teenagers who are being homeschooled. 
The portal will provide a timetable of free, daily online exercise and dance classes, craft, arts and story-telling sessions that will be delivered by the library service and by Active Northumberland. 

There will be regular live content which will add to the experience and encourage more interaction between the participants. 
The aim of the portal is to assist parents to keep children occupied and help build some routine into their day by letting them know in advance what activities are coming up, and providing them all in one place.  It is aimed at children and young people aged 16 and under. 

A variety of live exercise sessions will be provided by Active Northumberland instructors which will be geared specifically to younger children and teenagers. 

A story-telling session from the library service will help children have some quiet time during the day. 

A bank of stories, activity sessions and exercise videos will be stored on the portal and can be accessed at any time. 

Northumberland County Councillor Jeff Watson, Cabinet member for healthy lives said:   

We know this is a really difficult time for many parents who are trying to balance working from home and homeschooling.   We know too it is a confusing time for young people who are separated from their friends and trying to navigate their way through these uncertain times. 

“Over recent months our library and leisure services have done some fantastic work, producing online activities for our communities to access during the lockdown periods. 

We hope that by providing a timetable of fun and constructive activities, all in one place, we will be able to help parents to keep their children occupied in a fun and positive way.” 
For the exercises classes  go to: 
For the story telling and library activities go to: 
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