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Harrow Council - Coronavirus Guidance to Families

Please CLICK HERE to see the latest guidance from Harrow Council for details of how you can support your child's wellbeing during the current lock down. There are also some useful links to resources to help describe Coronavirus to your children and to help them cope with the situation.

Guidance about scams that are currently on the rise in wake of the pandemic can also be seen by CLICKING HERE. We recommend you have a read of this guidance to keep yourself up to date with the latest developments. 


Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Please CLICK HERE to see RCPCH's advice for parents during the Coronavirus outbreak.
 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Please CLICK HERE to see the RSPA's home and garden safety checklists for parents.
 

Plans for all children and young people to return to full-time education at the start of the autumn term

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced the Department for Education's plans for all children and young people to return to full-time education at the start of the autumn term in Parliament on Thursday 2nd July.

Nurseries and other early years providers, including childminders, have already been welcoming back children of all ages since 1st June, with a range of protective measures in place. From 20th July, restrictions on group sizes for nurseries, childminders and other early years providers will be lifted, increasing capacity for more children to return, as set out in the updated guidance.

The Department for Education have published guidance for parents and carers on the plans for the autumn term to help reassure them about what to expect for their children. The guidance for what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term can be found here:


Online education resources for home learning update

The Department for Education have updated their guidance for online education resources for home learning to include additional resources and new tips to help parents and carers with home education.

The list of resources can be found here:


New guidance published on keeping children safe from abuse and harm

The Department for Education have jointly published new guidance with the Home Office, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Public Health England on keeping children safe from abuse and harm. This guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be vulnerable to during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and signposts you to help and support available.

The guidance can be found here:


Updated guidance on keeping children safe online

With the Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Education have updated advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include new information on apps to help children stay safe online.

The advice and guidance on keeping children safe online can be found here:


COVID Summer Food Fund

Due to the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department for Education recognise families will face increased pressure on household budgets over the coming months and have launched a COVID Summer Food Fund to enable children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals to be supported over the summer holiday period. This funding is in addition to the free school meals national voucher scheme. 

The COVID Summer Food Fund guidance can be found here:

and the FSM national voucher scheme guidance can be found here:


Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.

The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here:

The latest staying safe outside your home guidance can be found here:


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday

10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday