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

Should my child come to school - A Guide to coronavirus symptoms.

Should my child come go to school - letter from Department of Education

If a child is unwell with symptoms such as sore throat, earache, stomach ache, runny nose, skin rashes, or a winter related illness such as norovirus with vomiting and diarrhoea, then parents are advised to check online health condition advice – is my child too ill to go to school, and contact their local pharmacy or GP if they need further help.  The NHS 111 phone line should only be used for an urgent medical problem where parents or carers are unsure what to do.  If a child is too ill to attend school, the parent or carer should advise the school as per normal and arrange to care for the child at home until they are well enough to return. Children with these symptoms do not need to arrange a test, and members of their household do not need to self-isolate, unless they are also experiencing a high temperature, continuous cough, or 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.




September 2020

 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.

Details on returning to school

Portsmouth City Council - Stay Alert


Risk Assessements

Whole School

First Aid Room

Office Area

Visitors to School 


Parent guide to Coronavirus

Frequently Asked Questions about returning to school

How to access home learning 

Information from the Portsmouth Education Partnership 

Government Guidance 

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.

Domestic Abuse - Where to get help during the Covid-19 pandemic


Supporting Parents & Children Emotionally

Support for Parents

Victim Care Service

Being Safe

Keeping Connected

Understading Resilience

A Nurturing Environment

Understanding Emotions and Healthy Relationships

Help & Advice for families in a digital world

Should you worry about how much your child is doing during lockdown?


Additional resources

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. has national coronavirus guidance and the latest rules and advice, including information about self-isolation following international travel.