Farfield Primary School and Nursery

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CORONAVIRUS - LATEST SCHOOL UPDATE

FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHERS

All parents/carers whose children are eligible for benefit-related free school meals (i.e.not the Universal Infant Free School Meals that all Reception to Year 2 pupils get) should have received an email or text from WONDE - the company that are helping school to buy and distribute vouchers - asking them to nominate the supermarket they want to received vouchers for.

If you have not received an email and think that you are eligible then please contact the office so we can look into it for you.

SCAM ALERT 

We have been informed that some parents in Bradford have received an email stating the following:

‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’. 

This is a scam email – it is not from a local authority. Please do not respond to it, and delete immediately.

Never send your bank details to anyone!

WORK FOR PUPILS AND RESOURCES TO USE AT HOME

Teachers will endeavour to keep in contact with parents via Class Dojo and may use it to provide some work or guidance on what pupils can do whilst being away from school. 

During the current situation please be aware that it may take longer than usual to answer messages.

Please follow these links which have useful resources for work that pupils can be doing whilst away from school : 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents

White Rose Maths

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

www.new.phonicsplay.co.uk

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/farfield

Home PE- Stay active and keep fit while at home : https://primarypeplanning.com/home-pe/

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE

Information on the current school closure regime can be found here

CRITICAL KEYWORKER QUESTIONNAIRE - *** w/c 30/03/2020 ***

If, having read the advice and list of keyworkers outlined below, you believe that you are a keyworker and it is ESSENTIAL that your child(ren) are cared for whilst you are undertaking critical work then please complete the attached survey here.

The government has released it's latest update about the school closures here

It includes advice to any parents classed as critical workers :

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

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

***The list of key workers can be found here***

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Latest information on what the UK is doing about Coronavirus and what you need to do to avoid it can be found here.

Please see the attached letter for information from the Headteacher (16/03).

 

For advice on self-isolation click here. Most important rule - DO NOT LEAVE THE HOUSE.

We all have a duty of care to help stop the spread of the virus.

CORONAVIRUS : ACTION PLAN

Please click here for the UK government's guide to what you can expect across the UK. 

It outlines :

  • the actions the government have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak

  • what the government are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes.

  • the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future.

Parents and carers can help by reenforcing the importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.  
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water 
In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

 

OFSTED

Our report is in and it's official - Farfield is a GOOD school.

 

See a copy of the report here

 

NURSERY 30 HOURS - ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?

Dear parent,

Are you looking for support with childcare costs?

Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time. The new Childcare Choices website makes it easy to find out what’s on offer.

Use the Childcare Calculator at www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to see what offers are available to support you and your family.

As well as current schemes, Childcare Choices introduces Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours.

To find out more about the new and existing offers, and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website today at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Alternatively come and have a chat to our friendly Nursery staff or office team, who will both be very happy to talk you through the options.

 

PRE-BOOK ON PARENTPAY

School dinners can now be booked at home in advance by logging onto ParentPay. This allows you to talk to you child about the menu choices and make a selection for them so you know what they will be having for dinner on any particular day.

Breakfast club days can also be booked on the ParentPay system as well. So if you know that you will need the odd day here and there you can book and pay in advance.

For instructions on how to pre-book just click here.

SCHOOL MEALS

The new menu for September 2019 - March 2020 is available to view and download here.

All choices can be made through Parentpay in advance so you can talk to your child(ren) at home about what they want and select it ahead of time. Alternativel, they can still select their option in the class each day.

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FUNDING

With school budgets continuing to be squeezed and costs rising each year, governors have looked very carefully at all expenditure over the next three years in order to ensure we remain in a financially stable and sustainable position.

School has been allocated £63,821 less income than we received last year and overall costs have increased by £116,726. So, overall, there is £180,647 less than last year.

Some difficult decisions have been made for the coming years and a copy of the letter sent out to all parents/carers on Wed 3rd July 2019 can be found here

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

From April 2018 there were changes to the eligiblity criteria for Free School Meals. These are linked to the rollout of the Universal Credit system. 

Full details from the Department for Education can be found here.

MAIN CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY

Who is eligible for free school meals?

Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

• Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)

• Income Support

• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• The guarantee element of Pension Credit

• Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

In addition, the following pupils will be protected against losing their free school meals as follows :

• From 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time.

• In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.

• Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).

The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2022.

 

 

 

 

Teachers will endeavour to keep in contact with parents via Class Dojo and may use it to provide some work or guidance on what pupils can do whilst being away from school. 

During the current situation please be aware that it may take longer than usual to answer messages.

Please follow these links which have useful resources for work that pupils can be doing whilst away from school : 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

www.new.phonicsplay.co.uk

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/farfield

Home PE- Stay active and keep fit while at home : https://primarypeplanning.com/home-pe/

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