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IAS May Newsletter
Scarlet Fever and Chicken Pox alert
Coffee, cake and chat 26/5/22
East Berkshire Specialist Wheelchair Service
Nivea Sun Cream for Kids - contains almond nuts
Coffee, cake and chat 11/5/22
May Fair 2022
Coffee, cake and chat 26/4/22
Key Diary Dates for terms 5 and 6 2022
Disablity cricket at Holyport Cricket Club
Coffee, cake and chat 31.3.22
Covid vaccinations 5-11 year olds 3.5.22
The Dog House
University of Reading - Sensory Study
RBWM FUEL Easter Programme
Wheelpower National Junior Games
Parallel Windsor Overview
IAS March Newsletter
Key Diary Dates Term 4
Contact Parent Participation
Solution Focus Hypnotherapy
Coffee, cake and chat 1.3.22
February IAS Newsletter
Coffee and Chat 15.2.22
IAS January Newsletter
IAS Parent Participation
The Dog House 1
The Dog House 2
Random and Rocks Super Heroes party
Coffee, cake and chat 1 February 2022
Covid Testing Consent Form
Parent / Carer Support Group
Parent / Carer Suport Group dates for 2022
Covid vaccination information for 18/2/22
RBWM SEND Consultation flyer
IAS Coffee Morning
Christmas card winners 2021
Key Diary Dates 2021-22 Term 3
IAS December Newsletter
University of Reading Research: Investigation the relationship between built environment, sensory reactivity and classroom behaviour of autistic children
Talking Therapies Information Sheet
Important information for parents/carers regarding the Covid 19 vaccination Dec 2021
Year 8 HPV vaccinations - eConsent Dec 2021
Kidz to Adultz Magazine - Issue 15 - December 2021
Christmas Parents' Share
RBWM Christmas FUEL Programme
Coffee and Chat poster
Cold Weather Plan Easy Read
NHS Stay Well This Winter Leaflet
NHS Stay Well This Winter Easy Read
Keep Warm Keep Well Leaflet
Big PTA Christmas Raffle
Promise Inclusion November Newsletter
Absolutely Together Programmes:
Rogue Leisure Sunday Smiles
November IAS Newsletter
Eating at Eton October 2021 event
Covid offer letter for 12-15 year olds
Covid letter to parents October 2021
IAS October Newsletter
RBWM Learning Disability Partnership Board - Parent / Carer Support Group
Number 22 - support for parents' programme at Manor Green School
CYPDS Eligibility Criteria Briefing 2021
TVAP Family Fun Walk at Dorney Lake on 2nd October
Hear our Voice Group
Bracknell Parent Carer Forum spring-summer newsletter
FUEL Programme for RBWM families
The Dog House
Epic Holiday Camps
Frimley Health and Care
SEND Register Consultation
SEND Register (RBWM) Consultation Briefing June 2021
Special Educational Needs and Disability Registration Form
Disability Awareness Card front - consultation June 2021
BBC Eat Well for Less
Op Aident - Young people exploitation awareness week
Building for the Future
Big PTA Raffle Summer 2021
RBWM LD Day Services Consultation
Bucks Town and Country Show June 2021
MGS Coffee, cake and chat sessions for term 6
University of Reading research
Study Information sheet
IAS Windsor & Maidenhead
GEMS Activities for May
GEMS Workshops for May
GEMS Activities for June
Healthwatch Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead - What Matters Most Campaign
’60 Second Lunchbox Hacks’ flyer
Coffee, cake and chat - 18 May 2021
Meningococcal ACWY & Diphtheria and Polio Booster immunisations for Year 9 - 7 June 2021
Census 21 - online drop in census completion support events
Head2Head Sensory Theatre Presents their new zoom production: Stevie Solvesit & the case of the spooky swamp
Special Voices Newsletter March 2020
Centre for Autism - University of Reading - Speech Therapy
RBWM Library Transformation Strategy
Safe return to school
Junior Bake Off
Prospect - £250 donated to school of your choice
Caravan Rental - Bracknell families. Holiday application form and 2021 flyer
IAS Wellbeing Newsletter February 2021
Children's Lockdown Art Exhibition - Windsor
As the summer holidays approach, we are inviting families to get creative and encourage children to create a piece of artwork for us to display, inspired by life in lockdown. We're thinking wider than the beautiful NHS rainbows displayed in so many windows, however these could obviously play a role.
All we ask is that they're no smaller than A4 in size and the child’s name is written on the back (first name only is fine if preferred), with contact phone number, and if the family would like the artwork back include the message “Please retain”. Otherwise we will throw it away after the exhibition is over.
We can’t guarantee to exhibit everything, as it will depend on how much we receive, but we will do our best.
We will leave all work for 72 hours before handling it.
Please just drop off at the bar during opening hours - daily from 11am.
Do let me know if you have any questions at all.
The Old Court (formerly The Firestation)
83 St Leonard’s Rd
Windsor SL4 3BL
10 top tips to encourage children to read in support of Reading Together Day
To support the very first Reading Together Day, the DfE have published tips for parents and carers of primary-aged children to help them encourage and support their children to read. They contain ideas on how to plan reading opportunities at home and make reading enjoyable and engaging, including during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Public Health England - Further resources for parents and carers:
The attached list from PHE provides information on the various strands of mental health and wellbeing support available for children and young people.
British Dyslexia Association - Assistive Technology: free webinar for parents
Trying to choose the right technology to support your child’s education can be challenging. To offer some support and guidance, the British Dyslexia Association has teamed up with Myles Pilling to host a FREE webinar for parents. This session aims to take you through some of the options for assistive technology and demonstrate ways to motivate dyslexic children when learning at home.
Thursday 2 July 2020
7.30pm - 8.30pm
This session will cover:
Assistive technology - what's available and how it can help
Helpful resources and practical tools to assist in home learning
Managing expectations of the school and of yourself
Parent vs teacher dynamic
Ideas for short creative activities – building confidence in using online methods
Coping strategies for you and your child/children
Click here to book a place
It can be a challenge for parents to get the advice and support they need - particularly in the early days. If you're just getting started, you might find these talks useful…
A step by step guide to how to apply for an EHC Assessment; participating in Annual and Transitional Reviews
Jane Friswell, SEND Consultant and Parent Advocate
The Education, Health and Care Assessment process of your child's special educational needs can seem like a minefield to many parents and carers. This absolutely should not be the case! Jane will clearly explain how the process should and must operate in your local area and how you can and should have access.
Support in the early years - help when your child has just been diagnosed
Julie Revels, Early Years SEND Trainer and Consultant, Church Park Consultants
Julie's talk looks at ways parents and early years practitioners can work together to ensure that each child's unique learning and development needs are met. Julie explains the role of the key person and the SENCO in supporting children with SEND. She also shows how person centred one page profiles can strengthen how practitioners and parents work together.
Tickets are on sale now
It's just £10 for access to all 12 talks (including the 2 I've highlighted above). You can watch Parent Talks season 1 online, anytime from 26 June 2020. Read more about the talks and the presenters on our website - https://www.virtualsendconference.com/26th-june-2020/
You can purchase tickets on our website - www.virtualsendconference.com/parent-talks. If you register your interest, you will be emailed a discount code to get money off your ticket and keep you updated on the latest news.
If you have any questions, you can email email@example.com.
Parenting Special Children
Are providing a series of 3 linked workshops for parents/carers to support children’s emotional regulation during lockdown. These workshops have been designed for parents and carers of children who are showing behaviours of concern such as anger, aggression and physical harm. They aim to explore the underlying causes of such behaviours and provide practical positive strategies for reducing stress and creating a calm environment.
Workshop 1: Tuesday 30 June, Workshop 2: Tuesday 7 July, Workshop 3: Tuesday 14 July
Time: 7.30pm – 9pm
Cost: Free for families with children living, or attending a school, in Berkshire (£5 refundable booking deposit)
Gareth Morewood's talk - Supporting transition back to school post-closure - outlines practical ideas on how to support the transition back to school/setting after the closures due to COVID-19. The aim of this talk is to enable parents and settings to start collaborating on personal plans for a return to education not in the home.
About Gareth: An Educational Advisor and former Secondary SENCO, Gareth has worked for 25 years in UK schools. The last 17 of which he was the SENCO of a large, inclusive secondary school in the North West of England. As an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, Gareth has worked on SEND related projects focused on the inclusion of young people with complex needs and supporting autistic learners in their local schools. He has a significant body of published works, films and resources on his website.
This talk is part of Season 1 of Parent Talks launching 26 June 2020.
Tickets are on sale now…
It's just £10 for access to all 12 talks (including Gareth's). You can watch Parent Talks season 1 online, anytime from 26 June 2020. Read more about the talks and the presenters on our website - https://www.virtualsendconference.com/26th-june-2020/
You can purchase tickets on our website - www.virtualsendconference.com/parent-talks. If you register your interest, I will email you a discount code to get money off your ticket and keep you updated on the latest news.
If you have any questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Autism Group - updated support sessions
The Autism Group are adding three more Zoom "Talks with TAG" for parents.These sessions give parents a 30 minute talk about the topic with some useful tips followed by an interactive 30 minute Q&A session. To reserve a place please email email@example.com.
10.00 - 11.00 am Wed 24 June Communication Differences and Difficulties
10.00 - 11.00 am Tues 7 July Girls and Autism
10.00 - 11.00 am Tues 21 July Adolescence
Berkshire Autism are also still offering 1-1 support and, via phone or zoom, and can spend time answering any concerns and discuss some autism tips and strategies. Please contact Tricia on Tricia@theautismgroup.org.uk if you would like a 1-1 session with one of our home visit support workers.
You can find more information and other dates here: https://www.theautismgroup.org.uk/calendar/
Updates are also posted on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theautismgroup/
The RBWM IAS service remains open should you wish to speak to an advisor. They can be contacted via their IAS@rbwm.gov.uk inbox, or you can leave a message on 01628 683 182 which is checked daily.
NSPCC: Supporting children and young people's mental health
Carrie and David Grant will be our special guests for season 1 of Parent Talks launching 26 June 2020.
Watch this short video from Carrie and David
Based on their own family experience - bringing up four children with special educational needs - TV personalities Carrie and David understand the challenges faced by parents of children with special needs and the lack of support available.
"Parent Talks can really help parents straight away, helping you to understand what you’re dealing with across every area of your child’s life." Carrie and David Grant
Tickets are on sale now. It’s just £10 for access to 12 talks created especially for parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disability. You can watch online, anytime from 26 June 2020. Read more about the talks and the presenters on our website - https://www.virtualsendconference.com/26th-june-2020
5 reasons to buy a ticket
Hear from presenters with personal experience of SEND - parents, professionals, pioneers - who share their insights and practical advice.
Covers a wide variety of SEND topics - in Season 1 these range from Early Years support, how to apply for an EHCP, and the importance of the parental role in building resilience; to school refusal, getting Disability Living Allowance, how to manage your child’s sensory experience, and so many others. There really is something for everyone!
Access anytime - watch the talks online when and where you want, you can pause and rewatch as many times as you like.
Ease of viewing - each session is a stand-alone talk, so you can view one at a time or several in one sitting.
Great value - one payment of £10 gives you access to all 12 talks, plus the accompanying slides and tools.
You can purchase tickets on our website - www.virtualsendconference.com/parent-talks. If you register your interest, you will be emailed a discount code to get money off your ticket and keep you updated on the latest news.
With the current situation we are all facing it is to be expected many people will be struggling with feeling stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. With schools having been closed during this period and now beginning to reopen we recognise many teachers, students and parents may be in need of some support at this time and Talking Therapies are here to support you.
If you are 17+ and are registered to a GP in Berkshire you can give our friendly and approachable admin team a call on 0300 365 2000 or sign up to support online.
Talking Therapies offer a range of treatments including 1:1 therapy and online support. To find out more about what support we can offer visit our website.
Activity List 10 from Heidi Sheppard, Play Therapist
Head2Head Multi-sensory Theatre for children/young people with SEND
Head2Head Sensory Theatre are a charity that offers Family Holiday Events in the school holidays. These events are inclusive and accessible for all ages and stages of development activity [complex health needs, PMLD, ABI, VI, HI, SLCN, SPD, neurodevelopmental disorders].
This year we cannot tour because of the Corona Virus so we have created a lockdown production of “Come Trot to Camelot” filmed at the home of two team members and at local woods. It is interactive and has Makaton signing. This production is normally performed at our family activity events in school holidays .
We thought this might be a fun activity for your students during the lockdown.
We also have the following activities that students can get involved with: -
On Twitter we have jokes, snippets of rehearsals with Makaton signing and captions: -
Here is a link to one of our Facebook videos: -
As you may know, if you click 'Following' after you have viewed the video, you will automatically be linked to all our other videos.
On YouTube we are offering some other fun activities with craft and baking ideas that you can try out at home: -
Consensus - stay home, stay safe advice
New book "The Ickabog" being published for free on the website with a competition for book illustrations: https://www.theickabog.com/home/
Parent Talks - Season 1
A new way for parents and carers of children and young people with special needs to access support and guidance online.
Parent Talks bring parents together virtually to collaborate, learn and take inspiration from today’s top SEND leaders. Each talk is given by an expert who shares their experience, insight and practical advice. I believe that parents need more support and guidance to empower them when getting help for their children. We want to help as many families as we can.
Parent Talks: Season 1 - launching 26 June 2020
Feeling ready will never happen - so let's start anyway!
Person-centred intervention planning: "What's this all about"?
Supporting transition back to school post-closure
A step by step guide to how to apply for an EHC Assessment; participating in Annual and Transitional Reviews
Money matters: Disability Living Allowance and Universal Credit
Making autism easier to understand by bringing the sensory experience to life and supporting your child with the 3 C Pathway
Understanding and managing avoidant and restrictive eating
Supporting a good transition to secondary school
The parental role in building resilience - promoting advocacy and self-advocacy for our young people
Support in th early years - help when your child has just been diagnosed
Dealing with school refusal
What every parent/carer needs to know about Personal Budgets in education, including young people aged 19 or over
3 reasons to buy a ticket....
Access anytime - watch the talks online when and where you want, you can pause and rewatch as many times as you like
Ease of viewing - each session is a stand-alone talk, so you can view one at a time or several in one sitting
Great value - one payment of £10 gives you access to all 12 talks, plus the accompanying slides and tools
For more information, download the programme....
https://www.virtualsendconference.com/downloads/Virtual SEND Conference Parent Talks Programme.pdf
You can purchase tickets on our website - www.virtualsendconference.com/parent-talks, If you register your interest, I will email you a discount code to get money off your ticket and keep you updated on the latest news.
Promise Inclusion (formerly Bracknell and Wokingham Mencap)
The group is still active - see flyer for further details
Activity List 8 from Heidi Sheppard
Parenting special children
Dragonfly: Impact Education
15 Top Tips for supporting children with ASD
COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression
Variety Children's Charity
Scarf and Home Learning
Activities at home
Urban Strides is providing a brand new online learning programme called Resilient Movers. The course aims to inspire students, teachers and parents with an exciting and dynamic online learning programme helping the entire school community stay physically active, resilient, mentally healthy and emotionally uplifted. https://urbanstrides.lpages.co/resilientmovers/
Students, Parents and Staff will enjoy:
Reduced stress, anxiety and fear
Positive impact on mood
Embedding positive habits and routine at home
Learning a new skill with street credibility
Opportunity to see all their friends from school
Live interaction with an Urban Strides instructor
The programme is suitable for:
Keystage 2,3,4 and parents!
Schools that have a focus on improving mental health
Schools that would like to offer a higher level of interaction with their students
Head teachers that want to support families at home and reduce the strain of home education
Schools that want to ensure students have more opportunities to stay physically fit at home
Cost: All it costs is £1 per week for each household
Please sign up for the Resilient Movers program by responding to this email with your preferred days for the 2 live sessions: e.g. Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday
Sustrans Outside In
One Minute Well-being videos
Every life matters - wellbeing and mental health
A&MSSP - SAM Says Stay Active Bulletin - Ideas & Resources for schools, students & families
Working in partnership with our colleague at Slough School Sport Network (Slough, Ascot & Maidenhead…SAM!) we have produced a document that we hope will be of some use to you all. It contains ideas, websites and resources broken down into PRIMARY, SECONDARY, PRIMARY & SECONDARY , SEND, EMOTIONAL HEALTH & WELL BEING AND SOMETHING DIFFERENT!
The World’s Biggest Golf Lesson and support the NHS! Saturday 5th May
At 2pm on Saturday 5th May PGA golf coaches worldwide will be delivering a 15-30 minute golf lesson on putting which everyone potentially can join in. Those without golf clubs could use a cricket bat, hockey stick, tennis racket, broom or worst case their foot or simply roll the ball. This session will take place on Instagram on Martin’s page @martinheysgolf The session will be very simple and will offer something for the total beginner as well as the more experienced player. Anyone who takes part can then make a voluntary donation to the NHS via a just giving link that will be published nearer the time and also be part of the potential Guinness Book of World records challenge for World' biggest golf lesson!
How about a game of SPORTOPOLY?
Borrowed from a London SGO colleague for if this wet weather keeps up – a slightly different take on Monopoly! (attached)
BBC Blue Peter
Apply for a Blue Badge:
Speechlink Parent Portal
Support site for children with speech and language difficulties
Absolutely Together - Smile Boxes - include board games, toys and books
Green Box First Aid Training
Fun and friendly free first aid courses for children
Sir Linkalot - the future of spelling
Spelling on line with videos. You Tube lessons at 2pm daily. Currently free.
The Dinosaur Project
We hope that you are all well and keeping safe as this unprecidented time. We thought it might be helpful to put together some local and national information and resources for you during the pandemic. We are working as usual, albeit from home. If you need to get in touch with us you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our individual email addresses, or leave us a message on our confidential voicemail 01628 683 182. We are picking up messages daily and will respond within three working days.
Stay safe, with very best wishes
Jean, Christine, Lisa & Millie
Covid -19 RBWM Update
The Royal Borough has an up to date designated Covid-19 webpage which includes community response and resident information
Up to date information from The Local Offer
The Local Offer for RBWM provides information on local
services and support available for families including children and young people aged 0 - 25 years with special educational needs or disabilities.
COVID-19 and Your Wellbeing – Coping Guides for Children, Young People and Families - East Berks CCG
East Berkshire CCG has put together a series of Coping Guides for families in the current circumstances - you can read them here
WellChild - Direct Response Service
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and WellChild's recognition of some of the challenges vulnerable children and their families may be facing, WellChild are offering a Direct Response Service to try and help you get the things you need. See more information here.
Parenting Special Children
Parenting Special Children have a detailed information page which also features several social stories around Covid-19 which may be helpful.
They are also offering a series of online courses (for a fee) - you can find a list of events here. Some courses may have eligibility criteria so do check first
Autism Berkshire Online Rescources
Berkshire Autism are launching a series of online autism advice workshops and support groups from Monday, April 20, so that they can help parents and carers and their families in a different way during the coronavirus shutdown.
COVID-19 Support and Guidance from The National Council for Disabled Children
The Council for Disabled Children (CDC), at the Minister’s request, has launched two new email inboxes aimed to answer questions, collate resources and share information on Coronavirus and the impact on children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). They are designed to be used by professionals, practitioners, parent carers and families of children and young people with SEND.
The new ‘CDC questions’ inbox, CDCquestions@ncb.org.uk, provides the opportunity to ask questions about how coronavirus will impact on children and young people with SEND as well as other questions relating to the impact on families; the education, health, social care sectors; and the voluntary and community sector. We will collate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and share them with the Department for Education and Ministers as appropriate, in order to publish an FAQs newsflash each Friday. To receive the FAQs newsflash please sign up to our mailing list here, selecting the ‘CDC Digest’ option.
The ‘CDC resources’ inbox, CDCresources@ncb.org.uk, is designed to enable parent carers, sector professionals and practitioners to share resources, to support families of children and young people with SEND and practitioners across the disabled children’s sector. We will add these resources to our COVID-19 Support and Guidance webpage, which you can find here. The webpage is kept under continuous review.
You can ask your questions by emailing: CDCquestions@ncb.org.uk
Emerging Minds have put together a short pdf guide to supporting people children and young people with worries and anxiety - you can find the webpage and pdf document here .
Contact is the charity for families with disabled children. They support families with the best possible guidance and information. Contact have support and advice during the Pandemic -you can find more information here.
Parent Share - Your ideas
We are always happy to receive ideas of events, speakers and/or services you would like more information on especially for our Parent Share mornings which we hope will be back on soon. Please either call 01628 683182 or email email@example.com.
NCETM (National Centre for the Excellence of Teaching Mathematics)
The NCETM have created a playlist of videos to support learning multiplication using numicon pieces that are used at school: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQqF8sn28L9yTV9WxpHw-9BbqRe_f49fr. Our YouTube channel has also saved the playlist.
7,000 free digital books available:http://www.renlearn.co.uk/products/myon-by-renaissance/
You Tube 'Little Bookworms'
For free (and subscription) access to children's books read aloud try: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkrqPw8tJInA6xm3Hlztxfg
Yoga for Children: 3 Free Videos to Share With Parents
Free yoga video lessons for children (with Autism and without) for use at home during the lockdown.
Here’s the link: https://bit.ly/2XS0EVV
The lessons are simply structured, easy to follow and to teach, as well as safe, highly engaging and great fun. Parents and staff do not need any yoga knowledge or experience to do this. I have been teaching yoga in SEN & Mainstream Schools for almost 25 years and have developed these methods over that time.
Although I created the videos for children who are on the Autism Spectrum, they are also ideal for neurotypical children from EYFS, Reception and Years 1 & 2.
The lessons consist of THREE short animated videos, which parents and staff can download from my website at the link shown, and use when it best suits the children. So no Zoom, no streaming problems; no privacy worries.
They can stop, start, freeze, go back, fast forward, when they want…and revisit time after time, after time; thereby reinforcing the activities which, we know, with children on the spectrum, is key.
Children will be learning simple yoga postures, a sequence and a relaxation technique, and the whole family will be having fun at the same time.
Michael Chissick | Yoga at School
T: 020 8508 3653 | M: 07703 586381 | W: www.yogaatschool.org.uk
A&MSSP - Berkshire Active@Home
Two new websites and FREE Healthy Minds online relaxation/meditation/mindfulness sessions have launched with activities to support school. They provide weekly activities.
#This is PE - one of the resources recommended by the Department for Education to support teachers and parents to deliver physical education during the coronavirus lockdown. A new lesson will be added at 1pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Don’t be put off that it is on the Yorkshire Sport website, they are just bringing it to life.
MoveCrew- Move Crew is a programme developed by UKActive with the expertise of teachers and physical activity specialists, elite athletes, kids and coaches. Each mission is designed to help kids unlock their 60 minutes of daily recommended activity. Supported by Nike Athletes, this week it is Dina Asher-Smith leading the sessions.
Healthy Minds – Some of you may be aware of our local Berkshire partner - Healthy Minds, who provide school-based support with relaxation/meditation/mindfulness sessions? Well the great news is they are now fully online! They have had great feedback locally and children and staff who have experienced their sessions have absolutely loved them. FREE online sessions for all schools and families are launched TODAY and these sessions are for children and young people still at school, any children and young people at home, and for parents/families - everyone is welcome to join in:
There are a number of activity packs being produced by CEOP for different age groups that are released on a fortnightly basis on their ThinkUKnow site.
• Safe4Me is Hampshire Constabulary’s free education resource site focusing on keeping safe and making responsible choices: https://www.safe4me.co.uk/
• Family Links who focus more on emotional health have a dedicated area for resources for parents of all ages: https://www.familylinks.org.uk/free-downloads-for-parents/
• The NSPCC have lots of information available online including keeping children safe, managing working from home and how to talk about coronavirus with children: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/
Coronavirus anxiety workbook
Free materials for both parents and teachers to use during the present crisis.
In response to the current crisis we have now set up a “Covid19” section on our website containing an array of free resources that can be used by parents and teachers during this difficult time.
We have specially chosen books that have printable sheets, making them easy to assign as work to be undertaken at home.
As with all our resources, the activities have been designed to inspire and motivate pupils, and with these free materials we have particularly selected activities which will not just enthuse the children during this difficult time but also be easy for the parents to administer.
Among the topics that we are covering for early years are play activities, activities to promote speaking and listening, activities relating to the weather, and science and technology activities for the outdoor environment.
You may particularly wish to note that the range of materials that is offered free of charge is quite large, meaning that you are able to select relevant resources according to the children involved, and the areas that you think they might successfully explore at home.
It also means that whatever the home situation, there will be something that can be utilised for each child.
For details of the free materials that are available, please do visit our website at https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/pages/render_page/134 or follow the link on the Free Resources page.
If you have any questions about these materials, please do contact The Brilliant Team with the email firstname.lastname@example.org
MESSAGE FROM TRACY MUSCHAMP, DIRECTOR OF SERVICES
I hope everyone is keeping safe and well in what are very challenging times for all. Due to Covid-19 we are currently unable to deliver our support to families in the normal way - our volunteers can't visit families to provide practical and emotional support and our children's groups and other project activities have been postponed. Therefore we are offering remote support to families where this is helpful, through telephone and video calls. If you are aware of any families who are isolated, struggling or anxious, please get in contact/consider referring them to Family Friends. Our volunteers are not trained counsellors, but are kind, friendly, empathetic members of our community, willing to offer a listening ear. We also have some capacity to help practically with dropping off shopping/items to families who are self-isolating/unable to get out. If there is anything else you think we can help with, please do contact us to discuss further.
Our contact numbers are as follows:
Tracy Muschamp 07710 085681
Shahida Omarsha 07714 735042
Kerry Byde: 0300 800 1005
On-line risk of radicalisation - educational/awareness tool
Please see attached provided by the Home Office. They have also provided the link below to provide information and support to parents/guardians, pertinent to the current pandemic restrictions.
Stephen Lawrence Day
We have put together some simple and fun activities that require no specialist knowledge from parents or young people, but that provide a great way for them to get involved in Stephen Lawrence Day whilst they learn. These are all free on-line at https://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/stephen-lawrence-day/home-activities/. Stephen Lawrence Day is about the part we all play in creating a society in which everyone can flourish, and this year in particular we want young people to feel that, even in the current circumstances, they can make a difference. All our new materials are themed around the small things individuals can do to make a positive difference and how together we can build stronger communities.
Booklet for children
Brilliant new booklet for children (and parents) by a professor, two Headteachers and a psychologist and the Grufffalo illustrator answering children’s questions about Coronavirus: https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus_INS.pdf Publishers Nosy Cow have asked for donations to the NHS instead of payment: www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk
Anna Freud website:
Please be aware that there are a lot of scams currently in operation, designed to obtain money from frightened people: https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/article/505/beware_of_covid_19_scams
Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19
We know how difficult it is for schools and colleges at the moment and we want to do all we can to support teachers and students over the coming weeks. In line with this, we've made all Challenge Day and Project Premium Resources on the Hub freely available to all Skills Builder member schools and colleges until 31st July. We have also set up a Home Learning Hub so that students and parents can easily access essential skills building resources from home.
Tom Varley, Senior Associate for SEND and Alternative Provision
Tel: 07443 225004 / Office: 020 7183 6292
Government advice is that schools should add an addendum/appendix to cover safeguarding arrangements during current situation. We have added the following:
On a weekly basis, the Leadership Team will review our students that will be provided with a place at school whilst school is formally closed. Decision as to which students will be offered a place will include considerations such as whether parents' are critical workers and/or there are significant safeguarding concerns. This will be balanced against known health factors and whether the safer option is for the student to remain at home.
Where a student has an allocated Social Worker for safeguarding purposes, communication will be had with the Social Worker to update them as to our decision on whether the student can/can't come into school.
For students that are being home educated, weekly communication with them or the their parents will be carried out by class staff. Any safeguarding concerns that staff have during this communication will still be reported to a member of the safeguarding team, in the same way that a concern would be reported were the student in school. However, given that most staff will be remote working at this time, safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Head of Wellbeing and Safeguarding via email (with Head of Department also notified)
For students that are in school, safeguarding concerns will be reported in the usual manner i.e. face to face or on a safeguarding concern form to a DSL.
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Virtual museum tours: http://a.msn.com/03/en-us/BB119nm6?ocid=scu2
Useful website that parents can sign up to for active activities: https://www.gonoodle.com/
Online maths activities for middle school: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/kids-activities/fun-maths-games-and-activities/
The following are the links to the general information which was contained in the Bucks SENDIASS update on 20.3.20; these website details have already been provided to families and details of Childnet are on the school website in the safeguarding > internet safety section.
Free school meals:
Staying safe online:
The following are links for each Local Authority to any dedicated Coronavirus (Covid-19) information page, Local Offer page, SEND IAS Service (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service) and Parent Carer Forum
Dedicated Coronavirus (Covid -19) residents and business page: https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/news/article/400/covid19_resident_and_business_update_page
Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates from Achieving for Children: https://rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk/local_offer/blog_articles/2620-afc-rbwm-coronavirus-updates
Local Offer page: https://rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk/local_offer
SEND IAS service: https://rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk/local_offer/organisations/29317-information-advice-and-support-service-ias?term=IAS+service
Parents Forum (Parents and Carers in Partnership PaCiP): https://www.pacip.org/
Slough Borough Council:
Has a dedicated Coronavirus (Covid-19) webpage: https://www.slough.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/coronavirus.aspx
For children with SEND: https://www.slough.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/children-with-special-educational-needs-or-disabilities.aspx
Including a link to Slough’s SENDIASS: https://www.slough.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/slough-send-information-advice-and-support-service-sendiass.aspx
Slough Family Information Services: https://www.sloughfamilyservices.org.uk/kb5/sloughcst/directory/home.page
Slough’s Parent Carer Forum is “Special Voices”: http://specialvoices.co.uk/
Has a Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice page that directs you to the websites of Gov.uk, Public Health England and the NHS :
Local Offer page: https://bracknellforest.fsd.org.uk/kb5/bracknell/directory/localoffer.page?familychannel=6
Family Information Services: https://bracknellforest.fsd.org.uk/kb5/bracknell/directory/service.page?id=D_Kzx88Tez0&familychannel=6
IAS Service: https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/children-and-family-services/special-educational-needs/information-advice-and-support-service
Parent Carer Forum: https://www.bracknellpcf.com/
Dedicated Corinavirus (Covid-19) info page: https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/health/public-health-campaigns/coronavirus/
Family Information Service: https://directory.wokingham.gov.uk/kb5/wokingham/directory/service.page?id=g-Lc9Ugao6k
Local Offer page: https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/local-offer-for-0-25-year-olds-with-additional-needs/
SENDIAS service: https://directory.wokingham.gov.uk/kb5/wokingham/directory/service.page?id=V_v5R2e-Qew&familieschannel=300
Parent Carer Forum: https://directory.wokingham.gov.uk/kb5/wokingham/directory/service.page?id=HpaDoMAV430
Dedicated Coronavirus (Covid-19) info page: https://www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirus
Services guide: http://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/home.page
Family information services: http://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/family.page?familychannel=0
Local Offer page: http://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/localoffer.page?familychannel=3
Reading SENDIASS: http://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/advice.page?id=zeoPMiXSY6g
Parent carer forum: http://www.readingfamiliesforum.co.uk/
It is highly likely (indeed happening already) that individual organisations/charities (such as the National Autistic Society, MENCAP etc) will also be compiling summaries of Coronavirus (Covid-19) support information and guidance, so it’ll be worth checking out their websites and social media pages. Ensuring of course that any links followed are from a reliable and trusted source.
If parents still can’t find what they’re looking for, please contact Sharon Carrigan: email@example.com.
COMMUNITY GROUPS AROUND THE RBWM AREA
Below is a selection of community groups around the RBWM area and their contacts who are offering support to families that are struggling due to the current virus situation. These groups are coordinating shopping, essential items etc. These details have been checked and collated by the police community engagement officer.
Jubilee Community Church
Holyport Community Board
C19 Support - Holyport Cares
Maidenhead Community Service Group
Cllr Helen Taylor & Cllr Singh
Oldfield Residents Group
Cllr Helen Taylor
Malvern Road Whatsapp group
Waltham St Lawrence Link
Cookham SOS Group
Covid Mutual Aid
Danielle Lane Radian
19 support groups
Windsor (UK) Community Emergency plan Volunteers
Datchet Corona Volunteers
AGG Good Neighbours
Ascot & Sunnings
Wraysbury & Horton Voluntary Care
Clewer Village WindsorCoronavirus comm. Response
Eton Support Group
Burnham Village Residents
Burnham / Taplow Community Page
Cox Green SOS
Manor Green School Maidenhead Parents & Carers
Special Voices Newsletter for Slough parents/carers
RBWM Local SEND Newsletter June 2019
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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE FAMILY INFORMATION SERVICE
The Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS) is a free, impartial service providing information, advice, and guidance for young people, families and professionals. We provide information on a range of topics relating to family life, from childcare, local services and education, to health, money and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Buckinghamshire County Council
4th Floor, County Hall
Aylesbury HP20 1UZ
Tel: 01296 383065
We are an Asian mums’ group that meet every Tuesday between 9:30-11:00 at Manor Green School. Our main aim is to discuss a variety of topics and issues that will help us in our daily lives as well as give support to each other regarding our SEN children.
The group is led by the mums so this year we have decided to take part in a variety of activities such as yoga, days out, massage and beauty, career talks and confidence building, as well as learn about the school system in more detail, such as transferring your child’s statement to an EHCP.
Meetings are thoroughly enjoyable with lots of laughter and fun so if you are an Asian mum with a child at Manor Green School why don’t you get in touch. Contact Katie Gear in the first instance at firstname.lastname@example.org