School Closure and School Hubs

SCHOOL CLOSURE and SCHOOL HUBS – SCHOOL MEALS

With the unprecedented events occurring to help combat the impact and spread of COVID-19 – Corona Virus, schools around the UK closed on Friday 20th March.

Information around essential key workers accessing child care through the six Children’s Hubs in East Lothian was shared – and forms shared to all parents / carers for completion and return.

These forms must be returned to Pencaitland Primary – by emailing to admin@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk on or before Monday 23rd March. If anyone needs help to email this in, please ask for help through a friend / neighbour or Cncllr Shamin Akhtar.  Mob: 07975 543406

EAST LOTHIAN COUNCIL STATEMENT – SUPPORT DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES

East Lothian Council has today (20 March 2020) issued an update from Lesley Brown, Chief Operating Officer (Education) to parents and carers on its plans to continue supporting children and young people during the national closure of schools as a result of the Coronavirus.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday the Education Secretary, John Swinney, confirmed that:

  • Councils will be taking measures to protect vulnerable children who rely on schools for hot meals or a safe and supportive environment.
  • Children of key workers will have continuing access to learning or childcare.

The update includes information on:

    • Children’s Hubs – Pencaitland’s cluster hub is Sanderson’s Wynd (Tranent)
    • Key Workers
    • Vulnerable Children
    • Remote Learning
    • Statement from Lesley Brown

The Full Update from Lesley Brown – Supporting our Children and Young People

KEY WORKER CHILDCARE SUPPORT – RETURN DATE 23 MARCH 2020

As you may be aware, the First Minister announced yesterday that the children of key workers should have continuing access to appropriate learning and childcare, potentially beyond the normal school day, that allows their parents/carers to participate in the national response to Covid-19.

In response to this, East Lothian Council will be providing learning and childcare for the children of keyworkers who are registered in local authority schools and early learning and childcare centres. This provision is for key workers who do not have a trusted adult at home to care for their child/ren whilst they are at work.  This provision will be delivered through a Children’s Hub located in each of our six largest communities in East Lothian.  Where possible, parents/carers will be expected to transport their child/ren to their Hub.

School meals will be provided for those who are currently eligible for free school meals or clothing grants and families wishing  to receive this meal entitlement should order online and collect from Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School 11.30 – 12.30 Mon-Fri.

Scottish Government have identified key workers in three categories:

**Priority will be given to families in Category 1 initially**. 

  • Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response, and associated staff, Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff.
  • Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (e.g. Fire, Police, Prisons, Social Workers etc.) as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.
  • Category 3 – All workers without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised).

If you are a Keyworker and require support with childcare please could you complete the Keyworker Childcare Form (this is an editable PDF which you can enter text and then save) and email this information back to admin@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk no later than 5pm Monday 23 March, 2020 with the subject heading ‘KEY WORKER SUPPORT’. Once this information has been collated by East Lothian Council we will contact you regarding the learning and childcare support we can provide for your child/ren.

Unless a place is confirmed, no children should attend any school.

 

Realising the Ambition – Being Me

Realising the Ambition: Being Me

What is this?

Realising the Ambition: Being Me builds upon the original principles and philosophy of Pre-Birth to 3 and Building the Ambition.

This refreshed early years national practice guidance for Scotland presents key information about the characteristics of child development based on research and evidence.

It explores the range of interactionsexperiences and spaces we need to provide for babies and young children to help them learn and grow best from their earliest days through to being a young child in early primary school.

In essence, ‘Realising the Ambition: Being Me’ increases expectations of high quality but still provides the necessary support for all who work in the early years sector and beyond.

Traffic – and the safety of children at PPS.

Green for Go. RED for STOP….

Our Junior Road Safety Officers have information to share.

Too many people are turning right, towards the school, instead of left for pick up and drop off times etc.

Everyone coming into The Glebe, that doesn’t work in the school or live on The Glebe, should follow the one-way system, but we think that not everyone knows about it. It’s in the handbook for the school we know….but we wanted to share it more clearly.

Please see letter from school – and the map. There is NO RIGHT TURN towards the school after coming into The Glebe.

JRSO letter
Junior Road Safety Officers share the one-way pick up and drop off agreement for PPS

 

JRSO letter to families.
Highway Code – parking near a junction.

There also should be no parking anywhere near, on or opposite a junction – like it says in the Highway Code – and most near misses or damage have happened because of this parking, so please don’t park close to, on or near the junctions and corners.

The Parent Council have been working with local residents, families with children at the school, the pupils and staff and East Lothian Council for some time on these matters. Residents on the main road have also noted an increased difficulty to get in and out of driveways, due to parking on road near junction, and the traffic crossing staff have reported worrying trends too.

A TRO application was accepted and the consultation process is well underway – which is planned to result in yellow lines around the main area of concern. As always, we would ask that parents and family members / adults collecting or dropping off children, park / wait considerately when on The Glebe.

We absolutely don’t want to have children lacking in experience of being around traffic, but we do want to avoid elevated and unnecessary risk to pedestrians, and to drivers / cars as well, so everyone’s co-operation is key. Please do share with extended family who may not be familiar with our one-way and road safety agreement.

– Parent Council.

One Way System
Traffic Management and Road Safety for The Glebe

 

Have your Say – Health and Wellbeing

The draft East Lothian Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Plan for Children and Young People is now out for consultation – only a few days left – closes 23/06/19: https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/draft-mental-health-action-plan

 

 

You Are INVITED

The PPS Parent Council invites all parents and carers to…..

 

You Are Invited!

This year, the parent council would like to invite all parents and carers, with children in PPS / Nursery to come along and take part in our Conversation Cafe. Pupils from the Rights Respecting Schools group will share with us – and PC and PTA are keen to share what we’ve been up to and to hear your views also, so we can set priorities for next session.

PPS AGM 2019 invitation Conv Cafe 2

We are delighted that we will also have David Gilmour (ELC) coming to share insights into keeping our children safe online – and Lena Hutton (Community Learning Development officer) sharing insights into the wellbeing of our children and building resilience. We will also hold our AGM, but it will be a very condensed part of the evening which everyone is welcome to stay for also.

 

Monday 17th June 2019

Pencaitland PS

7-8 pm.