Parent and Child Voice

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Tue, 31 Mar 2020 12:31:00 +0000



Hope everyone is keeping safe in these uncertain times.  We would suggest where you are able to encourage the children to be outside, water painting, den building, gardening, treasure hunting and other physical activities when possible to support their well being and keep stress levels to a minimum.
If parents have some ideas they would like to share please feel free to contribute by commenting on the Playschool blog.


                             Stay safe

Update on Keyworker

Fri, 20 Mar 2020 15:36:00 +0000

COVID-19

Dear parents and carers,

The Department for Education has issued guidance today for schools and colleges on maintaining educational provision during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools and educational settings have a key role to play, alongside other partners, in meeting our priority to preserve life, prevent spread of infection and keep critical services going. We are working together with key partners, including the Local Authority, to coordinate our response to the pandemic.

The guidance makes it clear that where children can safely stay at home they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

We are being asked by Government to continue to provide care for a limited number of children including children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
We are working with the local authority to identify all children defined as vulnerable.

The guidance published includes children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, 'looked after' children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

We will talk to these parents directly about how care will be provided.

Please note, as a school, we need to ensure we can prioritise those most in need so that our provision is sustainable and supports the Government's number one key principle from their latest guidance that maintains social distancing:

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response may need support from schools and educational settings and we are working hard to provide that support wherever possible.

Many parents in this category will be able to keep their children at home and where children can be safely cared for at home they should be.

For those who cannot keep children safely at home and who work in one of the critical sectors listed below, your children will be priorities for education provision when you are at work.

However, it may not be possible to provide this in your child's usual school, as inevitably school staff will also be impacted by the virus and our shared priority is to keep children safe and prevent the spread of the virus.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

Health and social care
Education and childcare
Key public services
o This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
Food and other necessary goods
Public safety and national security
Transport
Utilities, communication and financial services

Provision is only available when you are required to work. It is not available at other times.

Where only one parent/carer is a 'critical worker' there is an expectation that the child stays at home with the other parent to ensure the principal and impact of social distancing is maximised.

Further guidance on key workers can be found in the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

If you are a key worker and your child needs educational provision, please send us the following information to broadwaytowerview@gmail.com by Sunday 22nd March.

Your name:
Your most up to date contact details:
Evidence of each parent's / carer's job role:
Name of employer and contact details (for verification):
Student's name and year group:

More information on the closure of educational settings for parents and children can be found in the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Many thanks for your assistance through this challenging situation.


Building fine and gross motor skills through imaginative play.

Sun, 15 Mar 2020 19:51:00 +0000

This week up at Broadway Playschool some of the younger children enjoyed
being outside in the sunshine and enjoyed doing some building & fixing in
the wendy house.  
We encouraged them to really explore and access resources from the outside store which got them to engage in building, shape matching and chalking.

Towerview older children also enjoyed time outside in the sunshine and wind,
the children worked out throwing up a piece of paper and then watching it
floating in the wind!!  It created a lot of laughter.

Great being 'waited' on by some of the children, coffee, tea, cakes and donuts in the home corner, nice chats and great little chefs!!! 

Being led by the children's interest, main interest this week has been dinosaurs, on Tuesday a dinosaur had been and laid eggs in the outside area ( musical instruments that looks like eggs). In forest school today (Friday) the children found frozen dinosaur eggs they could see the dinosaurs inside the eggs, some children managed to get the dinosaurs to hatch by putting the eggs in water. 

With drier weather outside has been used more. The children are playing in larger groups where tag, hide and seek, running and ball play are involved.  They negotiate the games between themselves and taking turns.

The children have enjoyed exploring media and materials in 2 and 3 dimensions. Collectively the children decided that the grandfather clock for their hickory dickory dock activity would be 'rainbow colours' and what a multi-coloured clock it is! It was lovely to observe the children working creatively together on their project with a purpose in mind and how thrilled they were at the end result. Working individually and on a small scale the children created their mice by looking at the example template then choosing the shapes and materials they wanted to use. The end result were a collection of very colourful characterful mice ready to run up and down the grandfather clock! 
We printed an image of a Grandfather clock for the children to work from, many hadn't seen one before, they did a brilliant job. Take a look in the home corner!

Letter to parents

Fri, 13 Mar 2020 18:39:00 +0000

BROADWAY & TOWERVIEWPLAYSCHOOL
Within AppleVale Children's Centre, 
Broadway, Worcs, WR127BD
Jo Bason  Leader.  Becky Davis Manager
                                www.btvplayschool.co.uk 
Towerview PS - Tel 07922025902 
  Email: broadwaytowerview@gmail.com

 












Children and those with family members living together who have a high temperature or continuous cough should not attend Playschooland self isolate for a minimum of seven days.

Washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.

At Playschool the children are washing hands before and after snack and lunch, and are singing the rhyme;

Wash your dirty hands, 
Wash your dirty hands, 
Rub and scrub and rub and scrub, 
And wash your dirty hands

Repeat 


Do not touch your face.

Parents need to keep updated by visiting www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Playschool closures will be on the Playschool website 'blog'

Advice for parents

Why not take a look at our Parent Advice Leaflet

Ideas for parents

PANTASAUROUS - song for keeping your child safe

Follow this link for nspcc information about keeping children safe: Lets talk PANTS