Childcare for key workers
All schools within the Learning For Life Partnership are committed to supporting the key workers helping to combat the spread of COVID-19 with their offer of childcare. The health and safety of all staff and pupils on and off site is the main priority and we are following the guidance that where children can, they are safer staying at home. We recognise that some parents/carers may feel their child should have been offered a place and we would ask any parent/carer who is not satisfied with the school’s decision to firstly re read the letter setting out the criteria and if still dissatisfied follow the procedure in the complaints form below.
How to request emergency childcare
Childcare can be offered as a last resort to children of key workers only - workers whose role is critical to the country's response to COVID-19.
Before we could agree to emergency childcare we need to confirm that this is a last resort. Therefore, we would need to request:
Wherever possible, children should be kept at home - this is the safest place for all children to be during the coming weeks. Childcare are school should be an absolute last resort, therefore full time care is not usually reasonable or practical at this unprecedented time.
If you require emergency childcare, email all of the above information to this email address and please confirm dates and the specific times required, i.e. Monday 6th April, 10am to 3pm, in advance. This will help us to plan staffing. Please note that somebody may call you to discuss your request.
Home learning is parents' responsibility. The school is setting home learning for children to complete at home. Completing this work is entirely optional and at parents' discretion. This work can be found on Year Group Pages. We also have lots of links to online learning on our Home Learning Page. We will be delighted if the children complete the work set but teachers will be unable to feedback directly. (Please note that home learning will not be set during normal school holidays.)
The most important thing right now is for the children to be safe and happy at home. It would be amazing if the children returned to school after the closure having read every day; practised their times tables and their number bonds; enjoyed real conversations with family and friends (possibly via video chat or phone); having made or achieved something amazing - something to be proud of; having learned to do something new.
A member of staff from school will be calling every week just to check in with families - to find out if the children are safe and to offer some words of encouragement. During these calls we will ask to speak to the children, where possible. These calls will usually come from an unknown number so please try to answer. During normal school holidays, only one call will be made.
Please note that if we are concerned about a child's welfare, or if we aren't able to speak to the family, we may have to contact social services for advice.
If you have any urgent safeguarding concerns about a child during the school closure, you can contact the Cheshire East Consultation Service (CHECS) on 0300 123 5012 (option 3). Further details can be found here.
If you need to contact school regarding a safeguarding issue you can email us.
Keeping children safe when they are online is really important at the moment.
This is a challenging time for all families but at the moment tensions in some households will have risen and, as a result some homes will not be safe places.
Help for parents
There is additional support for parents facing financial difficulties from local organisations who can provide food parcels.
If you would like to offer support or need to access help vulnerable people in the area please visit this website.
Mental Health Helpline - 0300 303 3972
Local NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP), has launched a new mental health helpline for residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral.
Open 24 hours a day, seven-days a week, it is open to people of all ages including children and young people who need urgent mental health support.
What to do if you need urgent mental health help:
We have received assurance from the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) that they are open for business as usual apart from face to face.
For further information:
For any new referrals, please use the online referral form on their website or call on 0330 363 0063. You can also email.
Useful links for parents and carers
We will share useful information for you here
Supporting families and children with grief
Help with explaining the COVID-19 response to children
Part of our response is managing children's worries. Here are some resources that might be useful.
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often. Soap and water and regular handwashing for at least 20 seconds is the best way of staying safe. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
Resources for children with Special Educational Needs
You may need some help to explain things to children to help them to understand the current situation. We hope the resources below are helpful.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zh9v382 This section of BBC Bitesize is dedicated to SEN needs
https://www.theschoolrun.com/supporting-sen-children-during-coronavirus This website discusses how to support children with SEN during COVID-19
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-with-send-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19 This is the latest government document (19.4.20) which centres around educating children with SEN whilst schools are closed
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/specialeducationalneeds-sen TWINKL resources for a range of SEN needs
https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/distance-education-resources-for-children-and-young-people-with-send/ More resources for a range of needs