Changing Lives Through Childcare Workshop

Changing Lives Through Childcare is a short interactive workshop designed for everyone who works directly with families with pre school children. It provides a timely update for experienced staff and a comprehensive overview for new team members from children’s centres teams, health visitors, JobCentre Plus, social care, schools, and other community groups etc. Booking essentialTo book your places, please click here.Here you can register, add the event directly to your calendar, and see who else is attending. Please remember to state your role, organisation and yourlocal authority area when booking. ...
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Training for family carers of those with a learning disability.

Identifying early signs of worsening health in a person with a learning disability – specific training for family carers The NHS England and NHS Improvement Learning Disability and Autism Programme is inviting family carers to take part in a workshop. Attending the workshop will help you to be able to identify when the person you care for is becoming more unwell (deteriorating health) and how to tell a health professional about that. The workshop is free and only for parents with children over the age of 16. RESTORE2™ mini is an award winning tool specifically designed for carers to help you to identify soft signs that someone you care for may be unwell and what you should do next. This version of Restore2min™ has been specially adapted for people caring for those with a learning disability. We are inviting family carers to take part in this important one off 90 minute training session which will help you to identify soft signs of deterioration...
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Over £42 million to extend projects for children with SEND

Over £42 million to extend projects for children with SEND

The UK Government has announced "further funding to help raise educational standards, improve services and provide practical support to children with SEND." This includes the Government re-awarding "current contracts and grants which enable schools, colleges, families and local authorities, to support thousands of children with SEND. This includes extending an advice helpline and increased funding for local parent carer forums, support to improve how councils provide local services and improved training for education staff in working with children and young people with specific needs such as autism." Family Fund: £27 million awarded to Family Fund which "supports low-income parents raising children with serious illnesses or disabilities"Providing up to £17,500 for each Parent Carer Forum (an increase of £2500 compared to 2020-21)Funding has been extended for: Council for Disabled Children, Contact, Kids, National Network of Parent Carer Forums, Whole School SEND, Autism Education Trust, Education Training Foundation and Family Fund The aims of the £42 million funding are: Targeted support: monitoring, support and intervention to...
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Autistic children facing mental health crisis during lockdown, charity warns

Autistic children facing mental health crisis during lockdown, charity warns

The mental health and emotional wellbeing of autistic children is worsening amid the current coronavirus lockdown, a survey has revealed. Three quarters of more than 2,000 autistic children and their parents surveyed said they feel more anxious since the health crisis and think they will need ongoing mental health support. More than half (56 per cent) said they feel stressed. A similar proportion (54 per cent) said they felt overwhelmed during the pandemic, according to the survey by the charity Ambitious about Autism. The disruption to the routines of young autistic people's lives amid the crisis is causing stress and additional mental health issues including eating disorders, the survey found. “Medical services have been cancelled, routines lost, there are things we can’t do and people we can’t see anymore,” said one respondent. “For me this has caused trouble with an eating disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder- almost agoraphobia.”  Social distancing measures, especially for those who have an exemption from wearing a facemask, are also causing concern. One autistic young...
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Schools to remain closed till March

The Prime Minister has today been giving statements to the Houses of Parliament, including the plans for the reopening of schools. He has made it clear that: A 2 week plan/warning will be released when it is deemed safe for children and young people to return to schoolsThis is currently not expected to happen till March at the earliestChildren and Young People with EHCPs can still attend schools ...
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SEND Engagement Survey

SEND Engagement Survey

The Leicester City Council is running a survey on the following: Overview "Key partners and stakeholders were asked for their views on a draft Special Education Needs and Disabilities Strategy in 2019. As a result of this consultation, a new strategy was developed and launched in April of that year. We would now like to develop the strategy further, by encouraging families, schools, colleges, community groups and partner organisations to work together to further improve services for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities across Leicester." Survey SEND Strategy can be read here: ...
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Covid-19 school support resources

As we move into another week of working from home and home-schooling, you may find these resources from the Education Endowment Foundation useful. 7 top tips to support reading at home7 top tips to support reading at home – for Key Stage 2Helping Home Learning: Read with TRUST infographicHelping Home Learning: Read with TRUST comicHelping Home Learning: Talk with TRUST infographicHelping Home Learning: Talk with TRUST comicSupporting home learning routines: Planning the daySupporting daily routines during school closures ...
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Support for Formal and Informal Carers

The Leicester City Council offers a variety of information about looking after a family member, friend or neighbour who would not cope without your support during the coronavirus pandemic. Please note if adult social care are already helping you to arrange care for the person you look after, please do not cancel that package of care. Carers UK have also shared a Press Release on the new advice on when unpaid carers will receive vaccinations. If you have not done already, consider applying for a Carers Passport, as this can help you prove your status as a carer. ...
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Disadvantaged pupils offered free data in bid to tackle digital divide

Disadvantaged pupils offered free data in bid to tackle digital divide

The Department for Education is partnering with broadband providers to offer disadvantaged families free data to support home learning during the latest Covid-19 lockdown. Through the partnership schools are being urged to identify children without internet access to request the free data through the government’s Get Help with Technology programme. Providers involved in the programme include EE, which announced this week that it is offering disadvantaged families 20GB of free data per month. Also involved are broadband providers Three, Sky Mobile, SMARTY, Tesco Mobile and Virgin Mobile. This free data offer is available until July 2021. The move comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that schools in England will close until at least February half-term as part of a fresh national lockdown to curb rates of Covid-19 infection. ...
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