Update on the phased re-opening of schools
Following the direction from government, there will be a phased re-opening of Barnet Primary and Nursery schools for some year groups from Monday 1 June.
Over the next two weeks, schools will begin to admit children in nursery, reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes. The safety of pupils is the number one priority for the council and for schools.
Not all schools will open immediately from 1 June and arrangements for how and when re-opening will take place will vary from school to school.
Many schools will start by opening to one or two year groups and will open to the other year groups later. The majority have decided that the safest way to phase in extra pupils is by operating a rota system for pupils in some or all year groups, e.g. so that half the pupils attend for the first part of the week and the other half over the second half of the week.
Therefore, parents and carers should check the dates and arrangements for reopening with their child’s school.
Each school has carried out a thorough risk assessment to ensure learning spaces are as safe as possible before reopening.
Preparations have taken account of things like the layout of school buildings, availability of staff and the age groups being taught. Headteachers have also worked with school staff, governors, unions and parents in formulating their plans.
Schools will also continue to be open for the children of key workers and for vulnerable children.
Secondary schools have been asked by the government to extend their provision from 15th June to provide Year 10 and Year 12 pupils with some face-to-face time.
Key workers list
Here is the government’s list of key workers
Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans. A legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require.
The government has also outlined that it will put in place a voucher scheme for children who are eligible for free school meals
Child protection services
Our child protection services are continuing to operate as usual.
Online education resources and considerations
Mental health care for adults, children and young people
Advice to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the Coronavirus outbreak. There is also advice for adults to look after their own mental health.
World health organisation has produced a
Caring for yourself and your family when self-isolating
Living in social isolation can be challenging. It’s normal to feel anxious and for relationships within the family to become strained.
Here are some tips to help you keep you and your family healthy and calm during this difficult time. (PDF 0.3mb)
Don’t worry about sticking to anything too vigorously, just do your best.
Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus
Resources for foster carers
0-19 Early help hub service
We are working hard to ensure that we continue to deliver some 0-19 Early Help Services, albeit in a different way. Usual services have been suspended, alternatives we are offering:
Our 0-19 Practitioners are maintaining contact with the children, young people and families they are working with through Skype/Facetime/WhatsApp/Telephone.
We have ceased group activities for the time being, but we are working on developing a virtual platform for some of our parenting groups and activities.
Our Health Advisors, Welfare Rights Advisors and Employment Advisors continue to provide services and will carry out the usual sessions with families, but this will now take place via telephone or video conferencing.
If your child has been engaged in Mentoring through St Christopher’s, or has been accessing creative spaces with Art Against Knives, these organisations will continue to remain in contact but through virtual means such as Skype, WhatsApp and telephone.
If you have any queries, please contact your 0-19 practitioner or your local hub.
Barnet Integrated Clinical Service delivery during COVID-19
Healthy Child Programme
Health visiting, school nursing, infant feeding and healthy weight nursing services.
Due to Covid-19 Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH) will be making significant changes to the way the provide the Healthy Child Programme in Barnet. This is part of the trust wide response to Covid-19 and is in line with the national advice from NHS England.
Health Visiting and School Nursing Universal Service
In response to COVID -19 the universal Health Visiting and School Nursing services have changed their offer in line with the NHSE and NHSI guidance.
The services are now offering:
- All vulnerable (London Continuum of Need level 3 &4) families and young people a range of face to face and video calls or home visit depending on need
- Vulnerable Antenatal women will be contacted and offered either video, telephone or face to face
- All of our New Birth visits will be carried out by a range of video calls and face to face contacts depending on need
- 6-8 week maternal mood assessments will be carried out by phone or video call
- Red Accident and Emergency attendances will be followed up
From the 1st April 2020 the health visiting and school nursing services will be offering a 7 day a week 9am-5pm duty line for parents and young people to call for support and advice. The duty line will be staffed by an administrator, Health Visitor and School Nurse. The number for each borough within your STP is outlined below.
Duty Number Barnet is:
Telephone: 020 8200 2500
Breastfeeding support is being given virtually, the service can be contacted via email at CLCHT.Breastfeedingsupport@nhs.net
Healthy weight nursing services
Healthy weight nursing services will continue to be available to service users they currently work with and healthy weight advice will be available through the CLCH ‘well children’s hubs’.
Further resources for parents and families
The Institute of Health Visiting is dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of all families and are putting together links and resources from trusted organisations and websites to support parents and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.