Twinkl ends parents' free access accounts created to help home schooling at the start of the coronavirus pandemic
One of the country's biggest creators of digital teaching and learning materials has ended the free access it gave parents to its resources at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
When the government closed schools back in March to halt the spread of the virus, Twinkl made more than 630,000 resources in the form of worksheets, activity sheets, information packs, games and videos, free to parents who were suddenly tasked with homeschooling.
But 13 weeks into lockdown, and with some children now returning to primary and secondary school, the company has chosen to end the free access families had to its full collection.
Vowing that it is 'still committed' to supporting those families teaching children at home, it says the free accounts are being replaced with tools specifically created for home learning.
Whilst parents cannot any longer access all of Twinkl's hundreds of thousands of learning materials free of charge, Home Learning Hubs have instead been created which offer daily lessons and activities for all age and key stage groups.
These are free to join, say Twinkl, and will remain available for as long as it is deemed they are needed.
Parents who do wish to continue with some form of unrestricted access that they had at the start of the pandemic can do so with a monthly subscription ranging from £4.49 to £8.49 for an individual depending on the level of access to Twinkl's materials they want to have.
Twinkl says it has also introduced a new 'planner tool' which will allow teachers and schools using its materials to share content with their pupils learning at home that parents will not need to pay to access.
To understand more about the new options, or to join one of Twinkl's new Home Learning Hubs, please visit www.twinkl.co.uk
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