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3rd April 2020

Don't forget to look at the pages under Children/Learning at Home, there's lots of ideas for you there. We've just add a weekly Friday Challenge from the Premier League - it's a Maths one!

 

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3rd April 2020, Easter letter to parents from Mrs Greenwood

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3rd April 2020   Free School Meals (FSM)

During this extraordinary time, the Government has set up a national voucher scheme so that parents whose children are eligible for FSM will receive vouchers for them to use in a supermarket of their choice.

 

If any parents of children in Reception and KS1 (years 1 and 2) believe they may be entitled to claim Free School Meals (as opposed to the general entitlement to Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)), please take a look at the eligibility criteria on Worcestershire County Council's website and, if applicable, apply on line via the link on that page. Ignore the fact that the guidance says you should get a form from school, you can apply via their website. Please send an email to office@madresfield.worcs.sch.uk to let us know you have applied. Thank you.

 

For parents of children in Years 3-6, if your circumstances have changed you may also be eligible to claim Free School meals. You can check your eligibility and apply via the same link as above; we will be notified by the Council if your application is accepted.

 

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1st April 2020    Mental Health

The Department of Education has produced Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This advice is to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

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1st April 2020

The Department for Education has produced Guidance on Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers which they are updating as and when necessary. Yesterday this was updated to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online. 

 

6.3 Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)

 

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31st March 2020

How to Stay Fire Safe - from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

You should have working smoke alarms fitted on every level of your home. They give you vital time to ‘get out, stay out and call 999’ if ever you’re unlucky enough to have a fire.  And it’s crucial that you test them regularly – we advise once a week.

With more people staying at home, we are asking everyone to be extra careful, to avoid fires happening in the first place…some top tips

If you’re at home because you’re ill or self-isolating, please take extra care if you’re cooking. Most house fires start in the kitchen. Always ‘Watch what you heat’.

Switch off any electrical items you’re not using.  If you use a charger, for a phone or laptop for example, don’t leave it plugged in and switched on when you’re asleep or not using it.

Candles should be secured safely in a proper holder and never left unattended.  Same with a portable heater, remember not to put it close to things that could easily catch fire, like bedding, clothes, soft furnishings or curtains.

If you smoke, be extra vigilant. Keep matches and lighters away from children, and double check that your cigarette is properly extinguished. Try not to smoke if you’ve been drinking alcohol, and avoid smoking in bed or if you’re feeling sleepy. If you can do so safely, smoke outdoors.

Whenever possible, especially when you’re asleep, keep all internal doors closed. This helps to stop fire spreading.

Plan and practice an escape plan and make sure everyone in the house is aware.  If a fire does happen, don’t be tempted to tackle it yourself. Get out (closing doors as you go), stay out and call 999.

Please share these messages with friends and family, and check in with those who may be older and more vulnerable. If you would like any further advice please visit www.hwfire.org.uk or call 0800 032 1155

 

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30th March 2020 - Key Workers, please read and complete the Key Worker form if you need your child to attend school.

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30th March 2020

We have added some activity suggestions and useful links on the Learning at Home/Whole School tab.

 

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25th March 2020

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

We have been advised about a SCAM that is currently circulating aimed at parents who are entitled to Free School Meals for their children, the link to it is https://twitter.com/educationgovuk/status/1242493721536606209?s=2 . Do not open the link or supply any information.

 

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20th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This has been a difficult time for us all and I wanted to say a big thank you from the DoWMAT and all of our academies for abiding by the advice given by the Government to keep your children at home, wherever possible.

 

In the meantime, our academies remain committed to enabling those workers, critical to the response to coronavirus, to attend their workplace over the coming weeks and months.

 

If you are one of those workers and if you cannot keep your child/children at home, we will do our utmost to provide a safe place for them, while you are at work.

 

Best Regards,

 

Claire Davies

Chief Executive Officer

 

Claire.davies@dowmat.education

 www.dowmat.education

 

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19th March 2020

 

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

You will have heard the government’s announcement on Wednesday 18th March, that schools will be closed to the majority of pupils from Friday afternoon until further notice. Some schools, however, are being asked to stay open to provide support to certain children, including those whose parents are considered key workers. I am writing to reassure you that we are currently consulting on how we can address this.  This is an unprecedented and complex situation that requires careful consideration so we ask for your patience and understanding while we work out the way forward.  I can assure you that further information will be provided by your school, no later than Friday lunchtime.

 

Regards,

Claire Davies 

DoWMAT CEO

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