Dear Parents and Carers,

I wanted to connect with you in a different way as I am conscious of how much we are asking you to read online so I have sent my latest update via a loom presentation, please click on the link below. I discovered this resource at the weekend, I hope you are able to open it. I'll try and make my image a little bigger next time!

At the bottom of this email, you will find links to support services the Government, Portsmouth City Council and the BBC are offering.

Take care,

Mrs Carroll

Headteacher

Meredith Infants and Isambard Brunel Junior School

Safeguarding:

You can contact the Safeguarding team via Meredith’s Office (0333 360 2165) or by email if you have any Safeguarding concerns for children or feel you need some support for your family, we will be able to signpost you to services that can help.

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Natalie Palmer n.palmer1@tsatrust.org.uk

Online Safety:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Government guidance for parents around schools closures:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Parent Guide to using the NHS:

https://www.theportsmouthacademy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Parent_Guide_COVID19_Web-14-04-20.pdf

Portsmouth City Council’s Parenting Surgery Timetable:

https://www.theportsmouthacademy.org.uk/parenting-surgery-1-2-1-city-wide-timetable-april-july-2020-5/

Solent NHS Nursing Team Letter to Parents:

https://www.theportsmouthacademy.org.uk/202004covid-letter-to-familiesfinal/

Mindfulness and Mental Health Links:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/47243692

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zjvwkmn

There is a weekly plan that we have uploaded for each year group on the website. To access the home learning page for your child, please click on the curriculum tab at the top of the page, click on your child's year group, then click on the home learning tab. I would once again like to take the opportunity to thank you for your understanding and ongoing support in helping us to manage this unprecedented situation.

Following on from the recent government announcement that the free school meal (FSM) e- vouchers will be available to cover the Easter holidays, we have registered all students entitled to FSM with the DfE provider who will be distributing the e-vouchers using the email address you have provided to the school. We have not been advised when the first voucher will be sent, but any delay will not affect your entitlement. If you requested a printed voucher these will follow on once we have received them but are subject to postal delays at present. Any queries, please use following link https://www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf

If you are worried about how to keep your child safe when using the internet. Here are many useful websites: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online