Information

 

 Important Havering

Parent/Carer Information

 

For 3 and 4 year olds will be starting school in 2022.

Children born between 01 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 will be starting at an infant or primary school.

 

Apply online between Wednesday 01 September 2021 and Saturday 15 January 2022.

 

For school admissions information and to apply, go to
www.havering.gov.uk/admissions/primary

                           

 

****************************************************************************************

               Important Havering

        Covid-19 Parent/Carer Information

 

September 2021

Back to School - what you need to know?

This update is available to read or download from our 'Downloads' section located in the Covid-19 Information folder folder - HERE

Dear Parent/Carer,

Back to school – what you need to know

    Welcome to the new school year. This letter gives important advice about COVID-19 as schools open after the summer holidays.
School teachers and staff have worked hard to make sure that education can look and feel a bit more normal as term starts. Being in school remains vital for all children to make sure their education, wellbeing and wider development continues.
Most children will see far fewer COVID-19 rules to follow than in July, but COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. Schools, staff, pupils and visitors will need to continue to follow some important rules to avoid the spread of the virus:
    1. Test for COVID-19 at home twice a week. This will reduce the risk of the virus spreading in schools or at home.
    2. Wash your hands often and use tissues to “catch it, bin it, kill it” for coughs and sneezes.
    3. Follow our advice on testing and what happens if you think you or someone close to you might have COVID-19.

Schools will be maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes, and will keep fresh air flowing in rooms where people are by opening windows.
To keep COVID-19 under control, schools may still need people to follow some more advice. If this happens your school will tell you what is changing and how this affects you and your family.

What if there are a lot of cases in one school?

If there are lots of cases in one school, teachers and staff know what to do and how to help pupils and their families keep safe. Schools will do everything they can to keep education as normal as possible.
More COVID-19 testing or making face coverings a rule again could be brought back if we see lots of cases in one school. If the number of cases keeps increasing, schools may need to change the number of pupils able to come to school. This would only be for a short period of time and online learning will be available if this happens.

What if someone tests positive or has symptoms?
You should self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if:
    * You have a high temperature.

    * You have a new, continuous cough.
    * You have lost or reduced sense of smell or taste.

You should also self-isolate straight away if:
    * You have tested positive for COVID-19 either through a PCR or LFD test. This
means that you have the virus.

    * If you get a positive LFD test you should book a PCR test. A negative PCR test
means you do not have COVID-19, even if you have had a positive LFD test.
    * Someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive (unless you
do not have to self-isolate – see below if this applies to you).

    * You have been told to self-isolate after you have been close to someone who tested
positive – find out what to do if you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or
the NHS COVID-19 app.

Pupils should only self-isolate if they have symptoms or test positive in a PCR or Lateral
Flow Device (LFD) test.
If your children have symptoms or have a positive LFD test, they should book a PCR test.
If they are asked to get a PCR test because they may have been close to someone else
who has tested positive, pupils may continue to come to school until they get the result of
their test.

What will happen for people who have been in contact with positive cases?

Not everybody who has been in contact with positive COVID-19 cases will need to selfisolate.
You can find more help on how to do this from NHS Test and Trace.
You do not have to self- isolate if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and
any of the following apply:
    *  You have had both COVID-19 vaccination jabs.
    *  You are aged under 18 years 6 months.
    * You were or are part of a COVID-19 vaccine trial.
    * You have medical reasons which mean you cannot be vaccinated.
If this is the case, NHS Test and Trace will contact you. You will be told you have been in
close contact with a positive case and asked to take a PCR test. You do not need to isolate
while you wait to take the PCR test. If you are told to take a PCR test it is very important
to do it.
This autumn term schools will look and feel much more like they did before COVID-19. But
it is still very important that we help each other to stay safe.

Thank you for your help,

  Mark Ansell
  Director of Public Health

 

****************************************************************************************               

 

Important Information update regarding changes to the EYFS Framework for your children coming into effect in September 2021.

25th August 2021.

This update is available to read or download from our downloads section in the PWC Ltd Notices folder - HERE

 

****************************************************************************************

          

We currently have availability for September 2021.

 

We have two Daycare Settings providing childcare for 2 - 4 year olds.

 

We also have places for children in receipt of 15 hours & 30 hours funding.

 

     

 

For more information please contact:

Bev Nicholls  - 07752 546910

Andy Nicholls - 07763 412496

Main Office - 01708 706959

Email: info@childcarepwc.co.uk

Website: www.childcare-pwc.co.uk

Facebook: PWC Ladybirds Butterfly Caterpillars & Grasshoppers

 

****************************************************************************************

NEW ADDITION

 

We have a new, fun activity at our Hornchurch Setting.
Our Smoothie Bike, children can have fun whilst keeping fit and making a healthy, nutrious smoothie.

 

  

 

****************************************************************************************

 

 

 

NHS Healthy Start scheme changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

****************************************************************************************

 

 

 

Havering Covid-19 Parental Update 

 

21 July 2021

 

The latest Havering Local Authority Parental Covid-19 Update has been published.

This update is available to read or download from our downloads section in the Covid-19 Information folder - HERE

 

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope you and your family are safe and well at this difficult time. Many of you continue to face significant challenges, and we thank you for your continued support to the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


You will be aware that the Prime Minister has confirmed that the final step of the Government's coronavirus lockdown-easing roadmap will be going ahead on 19th July. Many of the legal restrictions imposed to control the pandemic will be lifted from this date, but in line with Government guidance, our schools and early years settings will continue to put in place control measures to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. It is essential that you continue to follow these measures to ensure the safety of your child, the staff, and the wider community. From the start of the new academic year, some control measures currently in place in all schools will be dropped e.g. keeping children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’). However, if there is a local outbreak, measures may need to be re-introduced for a temporary period in the school or early years setting affected. Frequent and thorough hand cleaning with soap and water or hand sanitiser will continue, as will the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to respiratory hygiene, and more regular cleaning of areas and equipment.

It will remain essential that children do not come into school or early years settings if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have had a positive test result, or have been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace for any other reason. If your child develops COVID-19 symptoms during the day, they will be sent home and must follow all relevant public health advice before they can re-attend. Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection, and over the summer, you should continue to test regularly, especially if your child is attending schools and early years settings that remain open, such as summer schools and holiday activities based in schools.

As children will potentially mix with lots of other people during the summer holidays, all secondary school pupils will receive 2 lateral flow device (LFD) tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the new academic year, and secondary schools will communicate these arrangements direct with families. Secondary pupils should then continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of September, when the Government will review the need for further routine testing.

Primary pupils should also get a test before they come back to school in September to reduce the risk of people without symptoms unknowingly spreading the virus to others in the school and in their community. LFD tests can be obtained from many local pharmacies, and further information on testing can be found on the Havering Council Covic-19 testing website.

Children with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home
guidance. They will also need to get a free PCR test to confirm if they have COVID-19.
Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate. If the PCR
test is taken within 2 days of the positive LFD test, and is negative, it overrides the selftest
LFD test and the child can return to school or early years setting, as long as they don’t
have COVID-19 symptoms.


From 19th July, close contacts in school will be identified via NHS Test and Trace, which
means that schools and early years settings will no longer be expected to undertake
contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work
with the positive case to identify close contacts. Contacts from a school and early years
setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case specifically
identifies the individual as being a close contact.


From 16th August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old and fully vaccinated adults
will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a
close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, close contacts will be advised to take
a PCR test, and we would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if asked to do so.
The requirement to wear a face covering on the Transport for London network will remain
compulsory when the Government’s existing national requirement expires on Monday 19
July, unless you are exempt for age, health and disability reasons.
The delta variant is more transmissible and more likely to result in severe disease. But
vaccination, with both doses, continues to provide excellent protection against severe
illness. Anyone aged 18 and above is now eligible, and we strongly recommend everyone
eligible gets vaccinated, and encourages family and friends to do likewise.
School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and it is priority to
ensure that as many children as possible regularly attend school. Parents and carers
travelling abroad over the summer should bear in mind the impact on their child's
education which may result from any requirement to quarantine or isolate upon return.
Our school and early years & childcare staff continue to work very hard to ensure that
education is not disrupted. Together, we can protect against the many harms caused by
the pandemic including the longer-term impact on the education, wellbeing and wider
development of our children and young people.

Thank you for your help and continued support.

 

Cllr Robert Benham                                                        Mark Ansell
Deputy Leader of the Council                                          Director of Public Health
Cabinet Member for Education,
Children & Families

 

***********************************************************************************************************************************