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Gumley House School

'Free School Meals'
We have endeavoured to contact every family on Free School Meals in order to help during this difficult time.  We have been sending out vouchers to families via Sodexo.

Sodexo have put together some useful resources to help make it easier for you to communicate with your parents & guardians about the scheme, such as downloadable pdf guides. You can find them all on the new 'School & Local Authority Toolkit'.

As well as the Toolkit there's a 'Parent & Guardian Helpsite' with an instructional video and 'Frequently Asked Questions', to help them use their Free School Meals eCheques and supermarket eVouchers.

https://sodexo-engage.com/p/48OT-A0V/free-school-meals#Video-New

Sodexo are committed to ensuring that your parents & carers are able to easily use the eVouchers they are already entitled to through VoucherShop and hope you find these tools useful.

 

'Vulnerable' or Key Worker Child
If you are a 'key worker' throughout the isolation period, Gumley staff will do all they can do ensure your child is cared for in order for you to continue your vital work.  If we are aware of your situation, you would already have been contacted by Mrs Godwin,

For updates, please visit the following Hounslow link which indicates the provision across the local authority:

Local Authority Key Worker Website

The local authority can provide support for children of critical workers and vulnerable children over the Easter holidays, if necessary.


Mental Health Support
The government has produced the following advice and guidance on supporting mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 oubreak:

Guidance for Parents in supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing

Additional Support from Anna Freud.org

Coronavirus Anxiety Toolkit 

Wellbeing & Support During COVID-19

 

Wellness Guide
Our Pastoral Team have created this PowerPoint with lots of advice and links on how to stay well, physically and mentally, while indoors.

Wellness Guide 2020

 

Keeping Children Safe Online
Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

Keeping Children Safe Online

 

School Nursing Team
If your child lives or attends school in London Borough of Hounslow and you would like to speak to the School Nursing Team during the COVID-19 outbreak, please phone 020 3691 1012 or email hrch.hounslowschoolnurses@nhs.net for free confidential health advice and support between Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

School Nurses can offer health advice on Diet & Nutrition, Growth & Development, Physical activity, Toileting, Sleep, Managing Behaviour, Keeping a Routine, Allergies, Stress & Anxiety, Relationships and More!

Advice to parents to help children cope with anxiety

Advice on Healthy Diet and Fitness

How to support your child if they are feeling anxious about coronavirus

 

Domestic Violence
You may have seen reports of incidents of Domestic Violence increasing by 700% in the UK since the lockdown began.  If you are worried about domestic abuse, the following advice and guidance, with all support numbers needed, will help.

Advice and Guidance on issues of Domestic Abuse

 

Helpful Services
The guides below contain essential contact information for young people and families who may be feeling overwhelmed.

Helpful Service for Families

Helpful Services for Young People

 

Further Resources

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have identified a range of useful websites and information to help parents and children at this time.

The website can be found here: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-resources-parents-carers

The webpage can also be downloaded as a pdf here: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/generated-pdf/document/COVID-19---resources-for-parents-and-carers.pdf

Stay at home activities for children and young people:  https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/stay-home-activities-children-young-people