COVID-19 Information for Parents
Contained within this page:
- The most recent school information.
- How to apply for Free School Meals
- Food Bank assistance, Helping Dawlish and Scams
- Key information on Coronavirus
- Covid 19 Stress and Anxiety link
- Other useful support links
BBC Headroom - Parents' tips for mental health
Gatehouse staff have a little treat for you... The Masked Singer! Watch the video and guess which staff member is behind the mask!
Spring 2021 Updates from Gatehouse and the FFT
Covid 19 Lockdown 3 School Closure
If your income has been affected as a direct result of COVID-19, or you are facing extreme hardship, you may be eligible to apply for the COVID-19 Hardship Fund with Teignbridge District Council. More information can be found on the below leaflet and factsheet.
Covid-19 Hardship Fund
Please join us in a ‘Wave of Support’ from home.
Draw around your hand, colour in and display in your window for Friends and Family to spot whilst out enjoying some physical activity.
Let’s show our support for each other during these unprecedented times!
FREE SCHOOL MEAL APPLICATION
Have your circumstances changed due to Coronavirus? You might now been entitled to Free School Meals.
Apply at the portal below
Children whose parents are getting any of the following are entitled to free school meals:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).
- Income Support (IS).
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA).
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA).
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190).
- Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment you get for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
School children living on their own (16-19 year olds) who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right can also get free school meals.
Lockdown January 2021 and Helping Dawlish is still in place to help our local community -13 organisations working collaboratively. If you need community support please get in touch and we will try to help.
Helping Dawlish is aware that some people are self-isolating or are being impacted by the effects of the lockdowns on their finances, families, businesses, mental and physical health and may require support. The Dawlish Community Larder is available which can support people in immediate need of food whether due to a medical need or social isolation or need immediate food assistance prior to other help being available. www.helpingdawlish.co.uk
In response to the pandemic emergency HITS - Homeless in Teignbridge Support is changing the way it operates.
People no longer need a referral to receive a foodpack, they or other organisations can phone us directly for help. HITS aim to deliver foodpacks the same day on all requests made before 4pm.
If subsequent foodpacks and/or energy top ups are required a referral from Citizens Advice or similar agency will be required. HITS is happy to make the introductions to Citizens Advice.
HITS believes, passionately, that our foodbank must be about much more than applying a 'sticking plaster' with foodpacks to a problem.
Lack of food often indicates more fundamental problems and HITS want to help people address these issues. That is why HITS ask for referrals and work closely with Citizens Advice and other charities. For example £billions in benefits goes unclaimed, because people don't know they are entitled to it.
HITS seeks to help to raise people out of poverty, restore their dignity and provide a way out of their situation. Fighting poverty, not sustaining it...
Autumn 2020 Covid 19 Documents from Gatehouse and the FFT
Homeless in Teignbridge Support foodbank are opening our doors to any child that needs help over the coming half term.
No referral is needed for this support. Just turn up at Abbrook. Strap Lane, Kingsteignton, or contact us and we will support your children.
Our door is open to all.
Department for Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) Helpline Opening Hours
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline remains available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Please listen carefully to the available options and select the most appropriate to your nursery, school, or college’s current situation.
Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm
NHS Test And Trace Covid-19 APP
NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.
The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over.
Behaviour Policy Appendix Covid-19
Dawlish Food Bank Help
Please call 0772 999 834 - food will be delivered without personal contact
Coronavirus Helping Dawlish
Please be aware of Scams, Devon County Council have advised that these have increased by 400% since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak.
For more information, please click on the link below.
Five simple steps of handwashing:
Wet: Put both your hands under clean, running water.
Lather: Apply a generous amount of soap to the inside and back of your hands as well as your fingertips. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (sing happy birthday) and don’t forget to wash under jewellery and fingernails. Your fingertips are especially important as people often put their fingers on their face, nose, and eyes. This is how the virus spreads.
Scrub: Rub both hands together and move your fingertips around both hands.
Rinse: Return both hands to the running water and gently wash away the soap.
Dry: Completely dry the water from your hands. Using a disposable towel (paper towel) is best to avoid leaving germs on towels. Air dryers, commonly found in public bathrooms, are also effective.
How can I explain COVID-19 to my child?
Parent Top Tips for Online Safety during Coronavirus
For some children, the lack of routine can be an unsettling time. This document can be printed in order to create a daily visual timetable so that children know the structure of their day ahead.
Young Devon Wellbeing Toolkit
BBC Newsround – daily news updates in a child friendly way
Yound minds – strategies to tackle anxiety
Mental health UK
Free Call 24/7: 116 123
Email 24 Hour response time: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy’s Club for Men’s Mental Health
Other Support Groups
Devon Domestic Abuse Support
Call 0345 1551074
National Domestic Abuse Support
Call 0808 2000 247
Call 03444 111 444
Roots Community Enhancement (Dawlish based) can access toys for loan and other baby/children's needs - clothes etc through their networks. Please contact Roots directly on https://www.facebook.com/rootscommunityenhancement
If you've been affected by Covid-19 and are struggling to cover basic necessities, our Hardship Fund may be able to help cover the short term cost of basic essentials. Apply at http://orlo.uk/TDC_GgnTc