The DfE have issued new guidance on how schools can reopen safely in September and welcome back all pupils

Dear All, The DfE have issued new guidance on how schools can reopen safely in September and welcome back all pupils. This will be possible with a careful system of infection controls and other measures designed to  keep staff, pupils and their families as safe as possible. We will be updating our risk assessment to reflect this and will let parents and others know how we will be doing this over the next few weeks.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term Antony Dutton...

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The DfE have sent some detailed guidance and advice for parents on keeping children safe from abuse and harm.

The DfE have sent some detailed guidance and advice for parents on keeping children safe from abuse and harm. It brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be vulnerable to during the coronavirus pandemic and signposts you to help and support that is available. If you have a concern about a child, please speak to me or one of the other deputy designated safeguarding leads in school, or contact First Response on 0161 912 5125, or out of hours on 0161 912 2020.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm/advice-to-parents-and-carers-on-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm Best wishes, Antony...

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29th June 2020

Dear Wellfield family, I hope you’re all continuing to smile. We spoke before about deep breathing and how it is an extremely important tool in relaxation. No matter what kind of emotion you’re experiencing, if it’s a big one, and you’re struggling with it, deep breathing will help. Whether you’re angry, sad, worried, or something else, give it a go, it is sure to make you feel better. I want to talk a little more about relaxation today, and taking it one step further. When we’re having a big feeling our bodies get super tense- try squeezing the muscles in your hands by making a fist shape, and notice that feeling. You’re feeling tense. When we’re having a big feeling, our whole bodies feel tense, and it causes lots of not nice feelings, like tummy ache and headaches- nobody enjoys those. When we learn to relax our bodies, it sends a message to our brain, we are relaxed now, and the aches and pains start to get smaller, as do the big feelings. I’m a huge fan of guided relaxation (sometimes referred to as progressive relaxation), especially for those of us who aren’t familiar with how to completely relax our bodies. As always, if you’ve worked with me before, you know how much I love this technique, and you will know how sleepy you feel afterwards- because your body is totally and entirely relaxed, without strain or stress. Guided relaxation involves getting yourself comfortable, in a place that is quiet, where you are unlikely to be disturbed. You can either do this with an adult (or for an adult- as we get stressed too, believe it or not). Calming music should be played in the background (a quick YouTube search will provide tonnes), and the person joining you will read the relaxation script. The scripts can vary a little, so it is important to find the one you like (I’ve attached some below, but again a quick Google search will provide you with plenty to try out). The script will guide you step by step in relaxing every part of your body, and teach you to understand and notice when you’re feeling tense versus relaxed. If you’d prefer, you can also take a look on YouTube for some ‘guided relaxation’, where the music and script is already there, waiting for you to press play and listen (again, see below for some links and recommendations). I also highly recommend the ‘Calm’ app, though there are some recordings you have to pay for, there are also lots of free ones to take advantage of. Once you have become familiar with it, you may wish to teach others in your home all...

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15th June 2020

Good afternoon Wellfield family, I hope you’re all doing well, and remembering just how very much all of the adults at school are missing you. With there still not being an awful lot to do outdoors, I wanted to talk about one of the things that we can do that can make us feel better. Going for a walk, breathing in the fresh air, and getting your body moving is brilliant for your wellbeing. Despite knowing this, I’ve found that if we have had a busy day at home with grown-up work, and have been working hard all day with my daughter’s school work, our daily walk can be a bit of a rush and a faff, and can often feel like the last thing we all want to do. I know that through conversations over the phone with some of you, that I’m not the only one, and lots of us feel that way after a day of pushing our brains to their limit. Some people love to wake up early, and take themselves straight out for an early morning walk, to clear their mind, and get some fresh air, which is fantastic, but I know that not all of us feel that way, I know that sometimes it can feel like a lot of effort. That effort is worth it, I promise you. As much as you may be incredibly comfy and cosy in those pyjamas, and not feel like going out, it’s important that you do. I can guarantee, without fail, it will make you feel better than you did before. Walking is a brilliant time to practise mindfulness too, which is really the focus of today’s post. Mindfulness is about being present in the moment, about noticing the beauty around you. Not overthinking something that’s already happened and cannot be changed. Not worrying about something that hasn’t even happened yet (and may not ever happen, may I add)- just being present, enjoying the right now. Practising mindfulness decreases stress in our bodies, and increases the ability to just feel happy. Happy in the moment. This link on Positive Psychology has plenty of ways to practise mindfulness, some of my favourites include ‘the mindful jar’, and using a ‘texture bag’. Whilst taking a walk is such a huge part of our daily lives right now, I’d like you to see if you can practise mindfulness during your daily walk. Have a listen to this video, and give it a go (if you want to do it outdoors, I’d recommend being seated somewhere safe, rather than whilst walking to ensure you’re aware of your surroundings around roads etc). During your walk, you can also practise mindfulness by...

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