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Welcome to Milldene School

NEW - Letter to Parents regarding return to school on 2nd June 2020 - Open PDF

 

NEW - Parent FAQs regarding reopening of school on 2nd June 2020 - Open PDF

 

NEW - Letter to Key Worker parents regarding reopening of school on 2nd June 2020 - Open PDF

 

From Essex County Council: Phased school reopening confirmed for 1 June

The government has announced that primary schools, nurseries and early years settings can begin to open to more pupils from Monday 1 June. Secondary schools and colleges will be able to open to more students from 15 June. This is possible because the government’s five tests have been met.

In Essex, we have been supporting schools and settings to develop their plans for wider opening. Each setting has made their own decision on how they will respond based on the completion of a thorough health and safety risk assessment.

This means that not all settings will open full time to all children who are now eligible to return from 1 June. Our current indications are that between 75 and 80 per cent of Essex primary schools will open to more pupils in some form from 1 June.

Schools and settings have been communicating with parents about their individual decisions. To keep up to date on Essex’s approach to schools and settings reopening, including other services, please visit the coronavirus hub. We will be updating these pages with the latest information.

 

Letter to parents regarding reopening of schools - May 2020 - Open PDF

 

Further information for parents and carers can be found in the attached government guidance:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

 

National Home Learning Support Helpline for Parents

A national parent helpline has been set up, known as StarLine, and backed by the new virtual Oak Academy, as well as Star Academies, the Confederation of School Trusts, Triple P UK and a number of academy trusts. It is also staffed by Ofsted inspectors who have been redeployed alongside teachers to provide advice about home learning to parents. The helpline is designed to help parents and carers create regular routines and study habits, offering practical steps to take and access to resources, such as support with a specific topic or advice on how to structure the day, deal with difficult behaviour or manage the learning of several children. StarLine is open six days a week and covers all areas of the curriculum across all phases of education. The number to call is 0330 313 9162 (calls charged at local rate). 

 

 

Support for families experiencing difficulties

As a result of the pandemic, parents, carers and young people are facing a range of issues.

That's why the Essex Welfare Service (EWS) is now supporting families experiencing difficulties.

We can provide you with support on issues such as:

  • managing family relationships
  • parenting
  • managing change
  • coping with anxiety
  • separation and loss

We have a team of friendly family advisors ready to take your call on 0300 303 9988 or you can visit Getting Help in Essex.

 

Every Family Matters – supporting children’s wellbeing

Are you worried about your child’s mental health or how much time they are spending online?

Are you struggling to help your child understand why social distancing is important?

Given the current situation, it’s normal as a parent or carer to feel more overwhelmed than usual, or unsure of how best to support your child. We've gathered resources to help you support your child's wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Remember, you’re not alone – every family matters.

 

 

Feeling stuck? The Educational Psychology Service Parent Helpline is here to help: CLICK HERE

 

Supporting your child with social distancing

Social distancing is vital to stopping the spread of coronavirus and there are practical steps we should all be taking to reduce our interaction with others, including staying at home wherever possible.

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However, this might be a difficult concept for some children and young people to understand. They’ve gone from being at school or college surrounded by their friends every day, to being asked to stay at home and not being able to do lots of the activities they are used to doing.

It can be hard as a parent or carer to try to help your child understand why social distancing is so important right now. If you are struggling to start a conversation, there is information and advice available to help you.

 

Conflict resolution

Spending more time together at home can put additional pressure on family relationships or amplify existing tensions. Disagreement will happen from time to time, but here are 3 steps that you can take to try and resolve the argument.

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Pause - is a disagreement escalating to a point where you are no longer in control and you are just reacting? If so, take a breath and re-assess the situation.

Think - try to reflect on why an argument started. Ask yourself how you were feeling before the conversation started and whether you were already feeling anxious or tense.

Resolve it – take a step back. Is this argument about something important, or can you come back to it when you are both calmer?

More information about how to effectively resolve conflict at home can be found on the Essex Livewell website.

 

Seeking medical help for sick children during the COVID-19 crisis:

Advice for Parents if your child becomes ill - CLICK HERE

Link to the Essex Safeguarding Children Board website for the latest advice, information and updates - CLICK HERE

 

Maintaining the family’s wellbeing while children are at home
Social connections, alongside exercise, sleep, diet and routine, are important protective factors for mental health. Materials to promote and support mental wellbeing are included in the list of online resources we have published to help children to learn at home. Public Health England’s Rise Above platform supports young people. The Department of Health and Social Care is providing £5 million of additional funding to support mental health charities to increase their provision for adults and children at this time. Social isolation, reduced exercise, and bereavement, may affect children’s wellbeing in this period.

Resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing include:

All NHS mental health trusts are setting up 24/7 helplines, and seeking to use digital and virtual channels, to continue delivering support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Full guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

 

 

 Milldene is committed to providing a safe place for the children of parents/carers who meet the critical key worker criteria for as long as it is needed. However, we would respectfully ask that, as per the guidance, in order to protect families, staff and the wider community, you only use this provision if absolutely necessary and NOT if your child should be self isolating.  Please click HERE for more information from Clare Kershaw, Director of Education.


 If parents think they fall within the critical categories previously communicated, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service. Headteachers are entitled to ask parents to verify their critical worker status.

We respectfully request that you do inform us in advance (via the form that was issued on Friday if at all possible) as we will be running a skeleton staff and it will be much harder for us to accept children that we have not been notified of in advance.

Once again, thank you for your continued support at this unprecedented time.

If you would like to help the community through this unsettling time, please click HERE to find out how.  

Kind regards

Mrs S Locke

 

Guidance for households with symptoms

·         if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started

·         if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

·         for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

·         A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

·         A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-16-march-2020

 

 

 

Milldene Primary (judged 'Good' in every category by Ofsted) is a warm and friendly school in the heart of Tiptree.

'Classrooms are a hive of purposeful activity because pupils' very positive attitudes to learning mean they approach every new day with a thirst for new knowledge ..... Milldene Primary has improved significantly since the previous inspection.'  (Ofsted Report November 2016)

Our enthusiastic teaching staff offer a vibrant curriculum coupled with a nurturing learning environment to ensure each pupil reaches their full potential. Through working in partnership with parents, we believe we can really bring out the best in every child, both in their social and academic development.

Find out more about our school community on these webpages.

If you would like further information, please do contact me, via the school office.

Mrs Susan Locke

Headteacher

Living and Learning Together Vision