Useful Resources during lockdown
You will find below many resources that will help you stay well, particularly while we are experiencing a pandemic. The resources are to help support children, parents and families. However, please know we are also here for you should you feel in need of any kind of support. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's Head of Year and we will refer you to the pastoral team as appropriate.
'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 Wonde. If you are experiencing any difficulty in receiving the vouchers, or believe you are entitled, please visit our dedicated page on Free School Meals.
'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:
The local authority can provide support for children of critical workers and vulnerable children over the Easter holidays, if necessary.
Supporting Parents Helpfinder (Young Minds)
Times are tough for many people right now. Parents find themselves pulled in many different direction and children may be struggling being in the house for so much longer than usual.
A mixture of concern about covid, work from home and children at home, along with a possible financial impact make for a stressful household.
Young Minds have created a useful 'Supporting Parents Helpfinder'. By answering six questions, parents can find out how to support their child's mental health during the pandemic (and beyond).
Find the help finder here: https://youngminds.org.uk/supporting-parents-helpfinder/
Mental Health Support
The government has produced the following advice and guidance on supporting mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 oubreak:
EU Settlement Scheme Applications
All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK before 31 December 2020, and their families, can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. Do you need help with your applications?
Our Pastoral Team have created this PowerPoint with lots of advice and links on how to stay well, physically and mentally, while indoors.
Staying Active During Lockdown
With lockdown and social distancing measures in place we're all spending more time at home, which is why physical activity is more important than ever:
Keeping Children Safe Online
Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
The guides below contain essential contact information for young people and families who may be feeling overwhelmed.
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