Whilst school is closed due to concerns about coronavirus please be aware that those families who have children currently registered for Free School Meals (NOT universal free school meals) can claim help from the Local Welfare Scheme.
You can apply, in the first instance,for six weeks of support to buy food whilst the children are not at school. This will be given through a £30 voucher per child that you will receive via text/SMS to your mobile and can be exchanged for cash at any Paypoint outlet.
Applications can be made from From Monday 23rd March 2020, and the Local Welfare Scheme Team will be happy to help. You can apply using either of these methods:
calling on 0800 4081448 or 01926 359182. You will be asked for each child's name, date of birth and a valid mobile number
emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to include each child's name, date of birth and a valid mobile number
Please be patient when calling the team as they are anticipating a high volume of enquiries. The Local Welfare Team have confirmed that you can contact them at anytime during the six weeks and you will still be eligible for the full amount.
If like our local junior school you are regularly keeping in touch with parents during school closures, may I ask that you please share with them this link? It contains a free book explaining Covid-19 and social distancing in a child friendly manner:
So many children are feeling worried and anxious right now, this could help alleviate some of their fears. It has received some wonderful feedback (included below) so I believe it would be useful to get it to as many children as possible.
If you would prefer a pdf version of this document, please do let me know.
I wish you all well through this unprecedented and horrible time.
Please Read the letter below from Author Clare Shaw who has written and shared this short story to explain Covid-19 to younger children. (just follow the link)
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you know, when your children are in school we have a ‘worry box’. This is a little post box outside Mrs Hodgson’s room where children can post any concerns or worries. Usually children are then spoken with by Mrs Hodgson within a day of their message being posted.
We thought while we were not at school children may like an opportunity to email their worries and concerns to us. They may also just want to tell us what they are up to! So we have set up a designated email address for this. The address to contact is email@example.com
Could we please ask you to share this with your children.
We are ready to welcome you back Year 6