Well, it's not long now, the trees are going up and presents being sent to Santa.
Christmas is a wonderful and magical time for most of us but there are those who may need a little extra help or support. I have listed some numbers you may find useful below but as always if you need to speak to us, drop in or give us a quick call.
At the bottom of my page I have also included some safe gaming and social media tips for all those new devices and games consoles given as presents this year. We can always benefit from some extra info.
Food Bank - Oldham 0161 622 1061
Food Bank - Rochdale 01706 713701
www.onceuponasmile.org - bereavement support
Oldham Bereavement Support 0161 627 8207
Winstons Wish support for children who have lost a parent or sibling - freephone 08088 020021 or www.winstonswish.org
Tel: 116 123
Suicide Prevention Hotline 0800 273 8255
Domestic Violence Hotline 0800 799 7233
Families Greater Together - can support with current or historical domestic violence
Childline 0800 1111
NSPCC also have lots of information and advice if you have concerns google NSPCC
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 behaviour.
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:
MIND Counselling Service provide 1:1 support, phone consultation and a referral service for adults and young people:-
Social Care/MASH Team 0161 770 7777
(for safeguarding concerns and advice)
These are some of the things that will be carrying this term:-
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.
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.