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COVID 19 latest information and advice

Latest News (COVID 19)

Achieving for Children is working closely with Public Health to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and the local community who use our services. During these exceptional times, there may be some delays to our service. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

If you have any safeguarding concerns please email MASH@achievingforchildren.org.uk or phone 01628 683150 or 01344 786543 (out of hours)

For the latest news and information visit our COVID 19 quick links page

Any children services enquiries please use: Transport@achievingforchilden.org.uk enquiries will then be forwarded to the correct person/team.

News about RBWM Council COVID 19 updates for businesses & residents (external website)

For up-to-date guidance, please go to:

NHS advice
Government information

For schools – please check individual school websites.

List of Childcare Providers that are open

General Updates

The Government confirmed on 4 January 2021 that England has now moved into a full Lockdown which will see schools closed for the majority of our children until February half term.

The Stay at Home guidance section on schools - “Colleges, primary (reception onwards) and secondary schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers”

The Stay at Home guidance section on childcare - “Early Years settings (including nurseries and childminders) remain open”

 Please visit the School website for their latest information.

Whilst schools are all in a much stronger position regarding online and remote learning, this can be extremely challenging for some children, young people and families. 

The Department for Education is providing devices (laptops, tablets) and internet connectivity for children, young people and families that meet certain criteria. 

In the majority of cases, devices for pupils who need them should be provided by schools. Some schools are struggling to provide devices to all children who need them, but the DfE have committed to making more devices available as soon as possible (January 2021) and they will be able to order additional devices soon.

Schools will be able to order an allocation of devices for:

  • disadvantaged children in years 3 to 11 who do not have access to a device and whose face-to-face education is disrupted

  • disadvantaged children in any year group who have been advised to shield because they (or someone they live with) are clinically extremely vulnerable

  • disadvantaged children in any year group attending a hospital school

Children and young people which fit in this criteria should discuss their equipment requirements with their school.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - COVID19 Posters (external link)

 
‚ÄčBBC TV (external link) is to help children keep up with their studies during the latest lockdown by broadcasting lessons on BBC Two and CBBC, as well as online.

Top tips for Autistic and ADHD children returning to school September 2020 (pdf)

The AEP

The AEP has a range of guidance and resources for EPs on their coronavirus pages. These include links to guidance about EP work at this time, union advice, and EHCP work.

This is a survey compiled by the RBWM Youth Ambassadors. We want to capture what young people in RBWM think about COVID-19 and lockdown and the steps being taken as we come out of lockdown.


Website Highlight Emerging Minds - How can we support young people with anxiety & worries


Website Highlight Messages for children from World Leaders

 

Website Highlight BBC Tiny Happy People - Tips, ideas & activities (external link)

 

Website Highlight: MyTutor - Homeschooling during COVID-19 - How one family is doing it

 

Document Highlight: Anna Freud's  practical guide to supporting pupils and students during periods of disruption

Helping children and young people manage anxiety - Download PDF

 

Website Highlight: Kooth, a free, safe and anonymous mental health and wellbeing service for young people. There are no waiting lists, referrals or thresholds to access the service, which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and delivered by XenZone, the UK’s largest digital mental health provider. 

 

Book Highlight: Draw on Your Emotions (Amazon website)
Margot Sunderland. A resource to help people express and communication their emotions.

To support the wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic, East Berkshire CCG have put together three concise guides for parents and carers and for children and young people themselves.

The guides list some of the best reliable and free sources of information and advice to help children and young people and their families to cope with life under lockdown.

Coping Guides


In an effort to keep in touch with all Children in Care and Kickback members during this time there will be a weekly Kickback Catch Up Zoom from 12noon to 1.45pm every Tuesday for the foreseeable future so that young people can log in to have a chat with us and just stay in touch. Our first Kickback Catch Up is Tuesday 14th April from 12noon to 1.45pm. All children in care are  welcome, even if they have not attended Kickback before but you will need to contact Elaine Keating at elaine.keating@achievingforchildren.org.uk to get the Zoom invite and password. 
 

Information on Shielded Patients List

If you wish the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to try and locate a school place, please complete our Key Worker Childcare Application Form. We will then contact you as soon as possible to discuss further

Please click here to complete the Key Worker & Vulnerable Children - Childcare Application Form

Minister Ford's open letter to the SEND Sector - Download PDF

To help reduce the risk and spread of COVID19 RBWM will be closing all Royal Borough owned children’s play areas and play equipment with immediate effect until further notice. Signage to this effect will be going up in the areas shortly. 

RBWM  Council parks and open spaces will remain open to use but please adhere to social distancing guidance which includes keeping at least two meters apart.

RBWM Council are working with our Parish Council colleagues to see if this is appropriate in areas where children's playgrounds are run by them. 

Tivoli who keep the parks and children’s play areas safe and clean will continue to visit the play areas as part of their normal inspection regime.

Updated guidance is now available from the government on schools closures including guidance on key worker status . Schools are planning rapidly what will happen on Monday and they have been in contact with parents and guardians directly. Please bear with as them work through the updated guidance. We working closely with schools on this.  

The government has announced all schools, nurseries and further education colleges will close on Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice, except to the children of key workers (including NHS staff, police and fire staff) and at risk children (including those who have a social worker or have an education health and care plan).

18/03/20

We are working with RBWM Council and partners to look at the impact of the current public health situation on local SEND services and will be providing updates on the SEND Local Offer website as information becomes known and decisions are made

  • From Wednesday 18 March 2020, we will be closing our offices to the public until further notice, unless you have a planned appointment booked.
  • Royal Borough children’s centres and youth centres are now closed until further notice.
  • This is to protect you and our staff as well as ensuring our ability to continue to provide vital services.
  • If you have a planned appointment with us please attend as normal unless you hear from us.