Welcome back, I hope everyone had a fantastic summer. I'm sure your all glad to be back in a routine, with your children back to school where we can keep them busy and tire them out for you :)
Things we have lined up this term are :-
Homework Club - Homework club will now be during Tuesday lunchtimes for all Key Stage 2 children. The children can come and complete their frogplay homework, read, practice spellings or take part in any of the various activities available.
If your finding it difficult to get your child to do schoolwork at home please have a chat with their teacher or give me a call.
The club is very popular, the children help and support each other and I think they quite like the biscuits too !!!
Reading & Maths Mentors - On Monday and Thursday lunchtimes our Year 5 and 6 children will be supporting some of our Year 2 children with their maths and reading.
Parent Reading Mentors - With the success of the programme last term our specially trained parents will be continuing the Mentor programme across school. If any parents are interested in becoming a reading mentor please contact the office.
Advice and Information
Childline 0800 1111
NSPCC also have lots of information and advice if you have concerns google NSPCC
101 Police Non emergency number
You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response. For example, if:
Food Bank - Oldham 0161 622 1061
MIND Counselling Service provide 1:1 support, phone consultation and a referral service for adults and young people:-
Tel: 116 123
Suicide Prevention Hotline 0800 273 8255
Domestic Violence Hotline 0800 799 7233
Social Care/MASH Team 0161 770 7777
(for safeguarding concerns and advice)
Healthy Young Minds (formerly CAHMS) - For advice and or referral ring:- 0161 716 2020 or google
www.onceuponasmile.org - bereavement support
Oldham Bereavement Support 0161 627 8207
Early Help Team 0161 770 6672
for self referral please contact the number above or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Early Help Team can help with a wide range of issues varying from finances, housing and parenting.
School Nurse if you need advice about your child's health please feel free to give the school nurses a call on 0161 621 7564
Gaming and Online Safety
this website is endorsed by the National Crime Agency and has lots of advice and tips to help keep our children safe online.
a website the children are familiar with for games, tips and advice for all ages.
Internet Safety - 0844 3814772 email@example.com
Facebook Safety Centre - www.facebook.com/safety 0844381477
CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) https://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
to report any online concerns
Stress & Anxiety Tips
Tips for under 5's
Put your phone away ......... and spend time with your child
Tune into anything they show an interest in ......... and share their curiosity
Manage your own anxiety ............... through breathing deeply, meditating or writing your feelings in a journal, so you're calm, patient and emotionally available to your child.
Name and describe everyday feelings .............. for example "I'm so excited, my tummy feels full of butterflies". This helps your child connect with their own feelings.
Use simple books ........... about feelings so your child can begin to understand and learn about emotions.
Tips for 5-10 Year Old's
Take time out ......... of busy schedules to ease the pressure on you and your child so you have the space to just enjoy each other's company.
Show physical support ....... through hugs, hand holding.
See your G.P. ............ first without your child so they are not hearing conversations about 'there being something wrong', which they might misinterpret as 'I am wrong'.
Speak to your childs school .............. they may be able to offer support or refer to outside professionals.
Don't expect anything back .............. from your child and prepare to be patient.
If you do lose patience .............. and shout or behave in an unkind way, tell your child you are sorry and explain why you reacted that way. Don't blame your child for your lack of self-control.
Tips to Help Teens
Don't Panic ............. or blame yourself. Depression is one of the most common Mental Health problems in teenagers.
Tell your child ........... you are there to support them and are proud of them. Try to encourage them to try new things.
See your G.P.......... who can do a brief screening and if appropriate refer your teen to a local child and adolescent mental health service
Speak to school......... they may be able to offer support or refer to outside professionals.
Gently encourage ......... your child to get some exercise - even a short walk might help.
Access advice and support .......... from youngminds.org.uk
As always come and see me or give me a call should you need any advice and support.