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Exning Primary School

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Support for parents & carers

Need to Contact Us?

We’re available to provide help to parents, or answer any of your questions, during usual school hours.  Please just email Mrs Ruth Clifford-Turner or Mrs Natasha Warren and request a call-back. 

Key workers - please visit our Key Workers page.

For more information on Free School Meals, please click here.

Health and Wellbeing 

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).  The links and advice here are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.

Every Mind Matters Staying at Home Tips - the tips and advice here are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home. 

Suffolk Wellbeing- provide a range of support for people with common mental health and emotional issues, such as low mood, depression or stress. Their services are free and are available to people and for people of all ages.  They are also offering regular online webinars on a range of issues to support you through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Suffolk CC Supporting Wellbeing Information & Resources - Suffolk CC services and resources to support wellbeing.

Suffolk School Nursing Team - you can contact them on 03456 078866 or alternatively you can email the team on childrenshealth@suffolk.gov.uk.  They also offer a Chathealth texting service is for young people aged 11 to 19 years old.  Texts are responded to by a member of the school nursing team between 9am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday. (excluding bank holidays).  You can text them on 07507 333356.

Activities Online - A collection of online resources to inspire you with things to do at home and outside, including activities, events, gigs and groups.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families - Resources and advice for parents to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on children's mental health.

Talking to children about coronavirus

Children worry when they are kept in the dark. Below are some tips on how to talk to them, and some resources you can look at together.  Don't forget to also visit our Support for pupils for stories and links to resources about coronavirus.

Newmarket Coronavirus Community Network

Newmarket Town Council has set up a helpline to support the local community during the Coronavirus pandemic. The dedicated helpline 01638 667227 is available from 8am 8pm seven days a week. The helpline is available to support anyone in the community that needs it including families. It’s not just for those who are over 70 or with underlying conditions, it’s for everyone.
The Town Council is also acting as a hub for volunteers and working with partner organisations to identify ways in which they can support those organisations already working with the vulnerable in our community. They also have links into the wider emergency response being provided by the Suffolk Resilience Forum.

Click here to download their flyer.

Newmarket Churches Together

Newmarket Churches Together have contacted us to offer support for families that have found themselves in financial difficulty following the introduction of the lockdown period.  They are offering a food parcel service, which we can access as a school to support you.
If you are struggling with regards to affording food, and are not already in receipt of support through this scheme, please contact Ruth Clifford-Turner or Natasha Warren in complete confidence, and we will contact you with further details.

Support for parents of children with Special Educational Needs

The Eden Academy have a support page for the parents of children with special or additional needs. Please feel free to take a look.

OneLife Suffolk

OneLife Suffolk’s family and young people’s team offer a range of free fun, interactive and practical webinars, designed to support the whole family to become healthier and fitter. These will run three times a week starting from 22nd April 2020. These webinars are going to be covering topics related to Physical activity, Sugary drinks, Food labels, Eatwell guide and portions, Wellbeing and sleep.  Each session is a stand alone session so if one is missed it doesn’t matter. The link to take part will be online for families to access, all you need to do is visit this website www.onelifesuffolk.co.uk.

Sharing Parenting

Sharing Parenting Online Courses 
These online courses are free and are designed to help give you the confidence you are doing the right thing at home, or, some new suggestions if you are getting stuck with strategies to use with your children.  If you are interested and would like to log on please e mail ruth@sharingparenting.com for a password to start.

Suffolk Parent Carer Network

The Suffolk Parent Carer Network have developed a support system for the parents of children with special or additional needs.

Suffolk Parent Carer Network (SPCN)

SPCN are supporting parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and/or disabilities in Suffolk in a number of ways during the Covid-19 outbreak.

SPCN have produced an information and resource pack for families to help them talk to their children and young people about it, as well as strategies to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing. This is available to download or be posted out in a printed format.

In partnership with SENsational Families, SPCN have put together a mix of free online resources to help keep children and young people occupied at home over the coming weeks.

SPCN are providing peer-to-peer support if parents and carers need someone to talk to, or if they or their child/young person are struggling or if they have specific questions about where/how to access other support. They are signposting any health-related issues regarding Coronavirus to official sources. Please see contact details below.

The SPCN team are sending out family support boxes for children/young people with any additional need and/or disability, (diagnosed or not) and their siblings and also contain information for parents and carers about how to support children and young people and other support organisations that are available. These boxes are personised to each family and can contain a range of items. They are available free to any parent / carer / guardian / foster carers who are members of SPCN and they simply have to email admin@spcn.org.uk with the request. SPCN are accepting new members who will then be able to ask for the free family support box.

• Colouring/puzzle books for children and young people
• Colouring books for adults
• Stress balls
• Pots of bubbles
• Sensory bags

To be eligible for membership you must live in Suffolk or receive services from Suffolk and be a parent carer/foster carer/guardian of a child/young person aged 0-25 with any additional need and/or disability (diagnosed or not). This is not limited to those with an EHCP or on SEN Support. You can sign up for membership quickly and easily here.

SPCN have also created a page on their website dedicated to parent carer support and this includes a regularly updated SPCN support pack containing local and national support organisations and online resources for parents and carers is available to download or be posted out in a printed format.

Parent and carers can contact SPCN by emailing admin@spcn.org.uk, private messaging on their social media @suffolkpcn or calling them on 07341 126455.

Home Learning

We have made a decision to use Class Dojo and Google Classroom  to support learning at home, as these are already well-established in school. We are also on Twitter @ExningPrimary sharing learning resources and activities to do at home.

Learning Grids will be posted weekly on Class Dojo and on Classroom for children. Pupils can upload their work to Classroom and teachers have been giving feedback where appropriate. Photos, videos and screenshots of work can also be sent to teachers through emails or Dojo, which teachers are always thrilled to see! We would love to see a Tweet or two from our families too. We miss your children and would love to see how they are getting on.

The DfE have also put together a list of other resources to support learning at home - click on the link below.

List of online education resources to support home learning