Family Worker Support
With the May half-term holidays fast approaching, just a reminder that we are closed to term-time children from Monday 30th May to Tuesday 7th June as Monday 6th June is a training day. Please see our Academic Calendar on our “Calendar” page for term dates for the rest of this year.
Although the weather is good at the moment, please ensure your child is always appropriately dressed for Nursery and that all clothes, including jackets, are named. Please also try to ensure that clothing is easy for your child to put on and take off ie. jogging bottoms and velcro shoes or trainers are an excellent idea but open-toe sandals are not a good idea for climbing and exploring the outside environment. Please also ensure that your child has at least one spare changes of clothes at nursery, including socks.
We do ask that your child does not bring in any toys from home, it is not difficult for these to get lost at nursery and it can be very upsetting when they cannot be found at home time.
As with all Schools, I appreciate that parking is very difficult, however, we do ask everyone to park in a safe and courteous manner and avoid parking on the pathways, the yellow zigzag markings or blocking our entrance. We must ensure the safety of our children and other pedestrians and we have had numerous dangerous incidents reported to us lately. The side roads are generally quieter so it is often a good idea to park here and walk round the corner.
As always, if you feel I can help in any way, please do let me know. I am very often at the gate during drop-off and pick-up times so please come and speak to me. If you can’t find me, just call or email. I am here to support you with anything you may need, including support around toilet training, feeding, sleeping, behavioural issues, developmental concerns or starting school, the list is endless. Obviously the staff in your child’s Class are happy to speak to you with more specific questions about the curriculum and nursery life, but please do contact me if you feel I can help. Please also see the links below for further information which you may find of use.
Lois Robins, Family Worker firstname.lastname@example.org
Flying Start Services
Flying Start are slowly starting more and more groups for families with under 5’s. Please keep an eye on their website for up to date times and days of groups or let me know if you are interested in joining any of these groups.
The staff are also available to support you with any issues you may have and if you need any further information, please call them on 01582 548356 or follow the link to their website www.flyingstartluton.com/
Keeping Children Safe On-Line
For details of how to keep your children safe on-line visit these websites:
Please see below details of a new text service from the NHS for parents and young people:
Parentline: for parents and carers of those aged 0-19 TEXT 07507 331886
Parentline offers advice and support on a range of issues such as weaning, sleep and emotional health. You can also find out how to access other local services. For more information please visit: www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/luton/parentline-luton or watch their animation: https://vimeo.com/424779163/afd0181750
ChatHealth: for young people aged 11-19 TEXT 07502 616070
ChatHealth is a similar service for young people to confidentially ask for help about a range of issues, or make an appointment with a school nurse. Young people can also find out how to access other local services including emotional support or sexual health services. For more information please visit: www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/luton/ chathealth or watch the short animation: https://vimeo.com/507051403
Both Parentline and ChatHealth are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Parents, carers and young people can send a text anonymously to a dedicated number from any type of mobile phone. Texts are delivered to a secure website and responded to by the 0–19 team. Out of hours, anyone who texts the service receives a bounce back message explaining where to get help if their question is urgent, and when they can expect a response. Texts are usually replied to within one working day. The service is provided free of charge. Any SMS messages sent whilst using the service may incur the usual network provider charge. They do not usually inform anyone else when you/ your child contacts them. If they are concerned about safety they may escalate their concerns and would attempt to consult with you/them before doing so. All messages are securely recorded and can be seen by other healthcare staff who follow NHS confidentiality rules.
If you feel you need any help or support or are struggling with mental health problems during these very difficult times, please follow the links below or seek professional advice from your GP:-
It is not compulsory for our children to wear a uniform, all we ask is that children are dressed comfortably and appropriately for the weather and for activities both indoors and out. If you would, however, like to purchase Grasmere polo shirts, sweatshirts or fleece jackets, then these can be ordered from JS Sports via the link:
For tips and advice on what to do and whether your child is ready, go to
Sleep Problems in Young Children
For advice on sleep problems, go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/sleep-problems-in-children/
Infant and Toddler Behaviour Problems
For advice and tips on challenging behaviour, go to http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/dealing-with-difficult-behaviour/
Babies and Toddlers
For lots more advice and information, go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/baby/
For help with fussy eaters, go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/fussy-eaters/
and for advice on healthy eating, portion sizes and much more: Dental Letter List of dentists Top tips for teeth Tooth friendly/unfriendly snacks Teeth brushing songs Portion size Teeth brushing Daily Food Clock Brushing Chart Healthy packed lunch How much sugar Balancing your plate Eatwell Plate
Change for Life
For lots of advice on Food Facts, Recipes for Children, Fun Indoor Activities, Sugar Swaps and Your Child’s Weight, go to https://www.nhs.uk/change4life
Keeping Children Safe at Home
For the current advice on leaving older children home alone and at what age this is acceptable, visit http://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/in-the-home/home-alone
FREE Online Learning for Parents in Luton
Flying Start Luton are offering FREE on-line courses for ALL parents-to-be, parents, grandparents and carers of any child from the antenatal period right up to 18 years of age. You don’t need to be struggling as these courses are relevant to all parents of all children including those with special needs, autism and ADHD.
Go to www.inourplace.co.uk and type in the access code: HATTERS
You will then be asked to create an account so that you can resume the courses at any time and will need your Luton postcode for this plus an email address. Just select the course that you are interested in and you are good to go! These courses can be completed at a time and place that suits you and are accessible on most PCs, tablets and mobile phones.