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COVID reporting during the Easter Holidays

Returning to Primary School: What parents need to know.

Parent letter regarding opening in September

Updated guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated the guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We have added content on summer provision, school uniform and a package of support worth £1 billion to support pupils to catch up. We have updated content on school meals and the Covid Summer Food Fund.

The guidance can be found here:

Government information regarding Early Years providers, schools and colleges can be found using the link below:

23.6.20 Updated Parent/Carer Risk Assessment

St. Bega’s are COVID-19 secure!

Amended Behaviour Policy re:COVID-19

3.6.20 The government have updated their information for parents and carers about the wider opening of education settings to include details about opening secondary schools to years 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June and to provide links to guidance on safer travel.

The guidance can be found here:

29.5.20 Update on Digital Safety during COVID-19

The government have updated their guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home to include information on the wider opening of educational settings.

The guidance can be found here:

Beat the Boredom Primary Pack compiled by Youth Hartlepool Service

Information regarding Lockdown Resources from Mental Health Support Teams: 


Teenage lockdown life


Teenagers may enjoy online fitness and dance tutorials, exercising together with friends using Zoom or House Party, joining BBC sports quizzes on Twitter and making videos for Tik Tok. There are Radio 1 life hacks with podcasts for teenagers and BBC bitesize has a wellbeing page. People suggested baking at home and arts and crafts. Make a list of activities and select one for each day eg watch a film, paint, practice yoga, wash a car, care for a pet. Useful links below:



Parenting support during lockdown is valuable and the team encouraged families to be kind and compassionate towards themselves. They encouraged parent/carers try being flexible in how they ‘family’ at this time, to limit expectations, reduce stress and conflict at home. The following resources might be helpful:

Useful Blogs

1 – Tips to share with children to help them cope with the new normal


2 - Getting through lockdown with teenagers

Mind also have a section for parents about supporting teenagers:


Online Resources


There are a lot of resources online on emotional wellbeing, the Lancs and South Cumbria Healthy Young minds site is very user friendly for CYP, parent/carers and professionals


Along with Action for Happiness’s 10 Keys to Happier Living (see above document also)


Or focus on building on strengths with the resilience kit


SEND support


Help with autism was recommended as this has been highlighted in the media as some families report the stress of lockdown has felt tough for them – see attached support from the National Autistic Society


School Leaver Support


With Year 11 and Year 13 transitions the following might help provide some guidance –



Please see below a useful link to help CYP with the anxieties surrounding covid-19.

Critical Worker Information and Form

Am I a Critical Worker?

Recent information from the school nurse: 


Hi Everyone


I hope you are all keeping safe. 


Please see resources link below written by Childrens Commissioner for online safety. 


There is both a child and parent link which covers topics such as fake news, video calling, security settings and digital 5 a day.


Many thanks 


Laura Bradwell School Nurse

Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

·         Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)

·         Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

·         Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

·         LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

·         Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)


During the Coronavirus outbreak, if you are self-isolating or unable to leave your home, we’re here to help you to stay safe, stay well and stay connected.

The Hartlepool Support Hub offers:

  • Information and advice
  • Emotional support
  • Delivery of shopping / newspapers / prescriptions
  • Links to other services that can support you

You can contact the Support Hub by:

01429 272905 (10am-4pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am-12 noon Saturdays) (Please provide your contact details and we will get back to you)

There is also lots of information available, and via the Hartlepool Now App, available on the App Store and Google Play.

If you would like to volunteer to support your local community, you can contact us using the same details (call 01429 272905 or and we will let you know what you can do to help.

Some of our residents will receive a letter advising them to self-isolate for a period of 12 weeks and that they can ask for support for food supplies if they need it. This will be co-ordinated at a local level by the Hartlepool Support Hub – but our hub services go further than that and are for all those choosing to self-isolate.

Free School Meals Voucher Scheme

The government has announced today an e-voucher/e-gift card scheme for pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.  All schools are awaiting further information on the scheme so that we can roll the programme out.

The e-vouchers/e-gift cards are for term time only and we are working through the detail as we receive the information.  Our plan is to continue as we have been, offering packed lunches, until after the Easter holidays, but if we can, we will claim your e-voucher/e-gift card this week. 

For the next 3 weeks we will continue to provide FSM’s as we have been so please continue to come into your school to collect your FSM.  We will inform you of further information as soon as we have it.


Further information about the government schme can be found in their guidance:



Please email school your email address or telephone the school office.


Mrs Dolphin 

A message of events and support from Hartlepool Carers:


Dear Carers and Families,


I hope this email finds you all well in this difficult time, without a doubt this is a very worrying time for everyone, especially carers and their family members.


Although the last two weeks have been a bit of a challenge for the Hartlepool Carers team, getting their home working systems set up and organising our own families to enable us to continue working, I am very grateful to the whole team in adapting to do what we do best – Caring for families in Hartlepool.


From the many carers we have chatted to over the last week or so, I am pleased to hear most people are managing well and keeping busy.


We know how important it is for families to keep active and have a break from their caring role and wanted to share activities and events we have planned in the coming weeks!


It’s very exciting and we have lots of opportunities to catch up with others, and meet new carers in our town.


To enable us to keep you up to date we will be sharing information through our Facebook Page and closed Hartlepool Carers Discussion Group and sending a weekly e-mail out with links into Zoom Virtual Meetings.



6th April - 3:45 pm

Young Carers Study Group

Join us in Hartlepool Young Carers Group on Facebook


7th April - 3:45 pm

Young Carers Fun Activity Session

Join us in Hartlepool Young Carers Group on Facebook


8th April – 10:00 am

Care for a Cuppa from your own home!

For All Carers with a guest speaker to answer any questions! https:// (you will need to download Zoom app before the meeting – it’s really easy!)


8th April – 11:00 am

Seated Exercise for All

Join us


8th April – 3:45 pm

Young Carers Group

Join us in Hartlepool Young Carers Group on Facebook


9th April – 11:00 am

Exercise for Young Carers

Join us in Hartlepool Young Carers Group on Facebook


9th April – 11:00 am

Family Quiz

Join us


9th April – 11:00 am

Clap for Our Carers

Send us your pics and short videos of clapping to appreciate the many people who are working to keep our country going!


10th April – 7:00 pm

Movie Night via Netflix Party

Keep an eye on our Facebook pages for joining instructions.


11th April – 3:00 pm

Family Saturday Afternoon Takeaway

Join us (you will need to download Zoom app before the meeting – it’s really easy!)


We also have many challenges for carers to win prizes!!!  Keeping the loo roll up, Scavenger Hunt, Design a Young Carers Logo, Step Challenge, Decorate and Egg Competition and Show us you’re Talent!


I would like to personally thank you all for your dedicated work with loved ones, neighbours and friends, our lines are still open and we are all working so if you require any information or support please give us a call on (01429) 283095.


Stay Home Stay Safe


Christine Fewster


Hartlepool Carers Chief Executive Officer

Resources to Support Parents and Carers

Coronavirus: Supporting Children's Wellbeing - tips for families

Minister Ford's Open Letter to children, young people, their parents and carers and people who support them.