Newsletter 25th March 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week has felt warm, sunny and happy. The sunshine really does make a difference to wellbeing and mental health for us all.

As we near the end of the Spring Term we are seeing great examples of the progress children have made with their learning in all subjects. Teachers plan in ways for children to remember their learning. We call this ‘retrieval practice.’ When children understand their learning, they are more likely to remember it.

Partnership News

Staff from each school have visited the other school and seen the learning environments and talked to school leaders. This helps us with transition for children moving from Mousehold to George White, as well as to aim for more consistency in some aspects of school curriculum and learning environments.

I have spent time with children at George White, asking them about their experiences at school, as well as looking at their writing books with them. It has been a real privilege talking to children who I remember from Mousehold and to see and feel the improved confidence and self- esteem. It is a very rewarding part of my role.

Open Classrooms

It was lovely last Friday having parents and carers back in school for ‘Open Classrooms.’ This is after school and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Comic Relief Day

Last Friday the children had enjoyed wearing something red and taking part in fun activities to celebrate ‘Red Nose Day’. We raised an amazing total of £215.89 which will be used to aid lots of different charities. Thank you for all your support.

Safeguarding – Online Safety

It is not always possible to prevent children seeing something inappropriate online. Sometimes innocent searches can result in children viewing inappropriate content.

O2 and NSPCC have put together a series of suggestions for parents to follow if their child has seen something that upsets or confuses them. See the link below.

NetAware – What to do if your child sees something inappropriate online

Please remember you can always speak to a class teacher or Designated Safeguarding Lead, if you are worried about your child’s digital well- being.

Please see our website for all of our policies and more information about safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre

These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:

CADS – Children’s Advice and Duty Service – 0344 800 8020.

A message from our mental health champions

This week we have chosen to highlight a UK based charity called Care for the family.  They support many aspects of family life.  We wish to draw your attention to their their provision for parents who have children with additional needs:

Care for the Family have set up a befriending support network where you can be matched up with someone who has first- hand experience of supporting a child with additional needs

“Talking with another parent in a similar situation helps me to deal with the well-meaning but often inappropriate comments from other parents around me who just don’t get it.”

Additional needs support – Care for the Family
Becoming a parent is a life-changing event with new routines to get used to and a whole new set of priorities. But when your child has additional needs, there are even greater adjustments to be made. Our befriending service, articles and resources aim to encourage and support you.

If Facebook is more your thing click below to join the group and meet other grandparents, parents and carers supporting children with additional needs.

Care for the Family – Additional Needs – Home – Facebook
Care for the Family – Additional Needs. 3,318 likes · 10 talking about this. …because family life matters

Click here for links to their parenting blog –  read supportive articles written by parents offering advice on relationships, education and self- care:

Parenting blog – Care for the Family

Latest Articles Love: it’s all Greek to me! Find out more Having talked to many parents of children with additional needs, I recognise that their unique parenting journeys

There is also a Useful Contacts section featuring a helpful collection of charities who highlight charities such as Sibs (who support siblings of children with additional needs), or Working Families (a charity based on helping working parents and their employees find a better balance between responsibilities at work and home).

Help for parents of children with additional needs

A list of helpful organisations that provide information and support for parents of children with additional needs.

Life as a parent can be full of highs and lows, being there for a friend or family member to support them when things are tough and celebrate with them when things are great, is so important.  Please remember Mrs Derer our Parent Support Advisor is here to provide support as a listening ear.  As Mental Health Champions, we would love to chat. Please contact the school office if we can help.  Here’s our photo to remind you of our faces!

Mental Health Support – Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

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Dates for your diary

Friday 1st April – Last day of term

School reopens to children on Thursday 21st April (our extra day due to the Jubilee means we have one more day of the Easter holidays compared to most other schools.)

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mrs Rebecca Westall

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust