On Monday 23rd March all schools closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Schools are now childcare facilities for children who have absolutely no one else to care for them at home. Staying at home is the safest thing for our staff and children. If you are a citical key worker and have no choice but to go into work, then we are open to your child for as long as you need us.
Each Thursday we will ask you about critical childcare through an online survey so we can plan adequate childcare and ratios to ensure school staff can also stay at home as much as possible too.
We will be open during the Easter holidays for critical key workers' children.
Your child's teacher will plan work for your child to complete each week. It is NOT home schooling, as home schooling is a choice parents make to remove their child from school to teach them. We are NOT asking you to teach your child as that is our job, not a parents' job. The work that is planned will be work that is familiar to your child.
We understand that you are also working from home as well as balancing work for your child to complete so there is NO pressure to get through it all. We are all trying to adjust to a new kind of normal and this will take a while.
You will receive a timetable of activities to complete each week via email. If you do nothing else, then READ, READ, READ - to your child and ask your child to read to you.
Physical activity is equally as important too!
We will keep in very regular contact with you and look forward to hearing about all that you do.
Below are some useful links that may help your child understand why they are staying at home;
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/ (Online Safety Activities)
Some CBBC advice if you are worried; Are you worried? CBBC
Could your family be entitled to food vouchers
At present children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM). The government have decided that pupils in receipt of UIFSM are not entitled to food vouchers.
However pupils whose parents are on a low income and in receipt of certain benefits are entitled to Free School Meals and hence food vouchers regardless of which year group they are in.
You will qualify for free school meals if you are receiving one of the following benefits.
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
If you believe you may qualify you can apply for Free School Meals online via the Cheshire West and Chester Council website https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/education-and-learning/school-meals.aspx
or by contacting them on 0300 123 7021 or emailing
If you are eligible for free school meals the Council will inform us and we will be able to arrange food vouchers for your child.