Please click here for a list of services and support available for help during the pandemic
A reminder that the symptoms of Covid-19 which mean that the household must self-isolate and the parent advised to arrange a test are:
- · a high temperature
- · continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if the child usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- · loss of taste and smell
Test and Trace App - To find out more abouth the NHS Track and Trace App please click the links below.
Tips for preparing for going back to school
We have prepared some practical tips and advice to help families get ready for going back to school. These can be used on your website and within information sent to families. We have also prepared some graphics with tips that would work particularly well for social media.
- Talk to your child about what they are looking forward to about going back to school. For example, seeing their friends, the playground, or their favourite subjects.
- Chat about what school may be like when they go back. Some schools will share videos or pictures of the classrooms online that you could look at together.
- Listen to your children's concerns and let them know its ok to feel anxious about going back to school. Address any misinformation they have and encourage them to ask questions.
- Let them know that teachers and staff will be there to support them and answer their questions. Teachers will be focussing on helping them feel settled, safe and happy above all else.
- Think about your school routine. Try on the uniform, check arrangements for breakfast and after school clubs and get into the habit of getting up early and going to bed at the right time.
- Plan ahead for how you will get to school. Think about a fun way to actively travel to school. Try out the route before terms starts and consider if there are any social distancing measures in place on the way.
- Encourage your child to see friends before term starts to help them feel part of the school community again. Arrange a small outdoor get together or online catch up.
- Talk to your children when you feel calm as they'll pick up on adults' anxieties. It's ok not to have all the answers yourself but remember local support and information is available if you want it.
Parent guide to Coronavirus
Information from the Portsmouth Education Partnership
Support for Parents
At Manor Infant School we aim to work closely with children and parents to support and empower them to overcome any difficulties they face. These may include low self-esteem, emotional issues, behaviour difficulties and poor social skills.
In consultation with individual parents/carers, teachers and pupils our staff can support children and families who are in need of additional help by:
- Facilitating Social Skills Groups for children.
- Listening to children and giving them the opportunity to discuss any worries or fears.
- Encouraging positive relationships between home and school and offering parent/carer strategies for behaviour management, routines and so on.
- Delivering Triple P sessions for parents and carers.
- Completing CAFs
- Weekly parent / carer drop in sessions
- Liaising closely with outside agencies such as Children’s Social Care, the Multi- Agency Behaviour Support Service, the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and many others.
Supporting Parents & Children Emotionally
Here are some helpful sources of information about preparing for back to school
Portsmouth City Council has up-to-date information and advice about returning to school in September on its coronavirus information pages for schools and families.
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health has prepared a video and information to help parents and teachers deal with apprehension and anxiety when returning to school.
Portsmouth Education Partnership provides an overview of the coronavirus support available to children and families
Portsmouth Parent Voice has support for parent carers of young people with additional
needs and disabilities.
Portsmouth Local Offer lists the information, support and services available in our local area for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and or a disability.
Portsmouth City Council has advice for families whose children are moving on from nursery to reception or primary to secondary school.
Gov.uk has national coronavirus guidance and the latest rules and advice, including information about self-isolation following international travel.