Being a Parent is Never Easy

Without support, families can feel alone or isolated. Home-Start is a local charity which can offer compassionate and confidential support to families with children under 5 in the Boroughs of Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow.

They support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of the support include improved health and wellbeing and better family relationships.

Families could benefit from Home-Start’s help if they are:

  • feeling lonely or isolated in your community, have no family nearby and are struggling to make friends.
  • finding it hard to cope if your child is ill or because you are ill.
  • have been hit hard by the death of a loved one.
  • struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having a baby, young children, twins or triplets. under the age of 5 years

Home-Start Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow are currently offering:

  • Regular telephone support through co-ordinators and volunteers whilst the home-visiting service is on hold.
  • Someone to talk to and emotional support during these uncertain and isolating times.
  • Support for challenges like financial worries, relationship issues or living in poor housing.
  • Guidance on parenting in the early years.
  • Ideas and activities to keep children active at home

Get in Touch:

Tel: 020 8487 8500
www.homestart-rkh.org.uk
info@homestart-rkh.org.uk

How we Intend to Keep your Children Safe

Risk Assessments

The detailed risk assessment have been made alongside the guidance provided to us by the Department for Education. We will be limiting access to the provision to ensure we can reduce any risks to our staff or children.  

Travel Plans

The Government’s guidance has suggested that children, young people and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times. Planning your travel is essential especially if using public transport. To support this, we have arranged staggered drop off and pick up times. Please communicate with us your intended travel plans to and from the provision.  If driving DO NOT park on the church driveway, the parking restriction in only between 10am – 12noon.

Shielding or Self Isolating within the Home

Please keep us informed of any update immediately of any shielding/self isolating or changes to your home circumstances regarding this within your home.  No children are to attend if they or a member of their household has any symptoms of the coronavirus and the setting MUST be informed immediately.

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We Are Open!

We have re-opened and detail below our changes to practice to keep our children safe.

We are operating a waiting list and if you are looking for a place for this September either call us on 07719731062 or email us to register your interest.

How we Intend to Keep your Children Safe – Guidance for Parents and Carers

Risk Assessments

The detailed risk assessment can be downloaded here and the guidance provided to us by the Department for Education can be provided on request. We will be limiting access to the provision to ensure we can reduce any risks to our staff or children.  

Travel Plans

The Government’s guidance has suggested that children, young people and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times. Planning your travel is essential especially if using public transport. To support this, we have arranged staggered drop off and pick up times. Please communicate with us your intended travel plans to and from the provision.

Shielding within the Home

Please keep us informed of any update immediately of any shielding or changes to your home circumstances regarding shielding within your home 

Procedures for Drop off and Collection

Staggered drop off and pick up times have been arranged to avoid crowding during these periods. Please ring the bell for the Main Hall to drop off and collect.

Drop off

  • If your drop off is 8.30am you can arrive between 8.30 am – 9am.
  • If your drop off is 9.30am you can arrive between 9.15am – 9.45am.

Collection

  • If you collect at 12.30pm you can collect between 12.15 – 12.45pm.
  • If you collect at 2.30pm you can collect between 2.15 – 2.45pm.

To keep children safe during this time it is essential that Parents and Carers do not enter the building, however we will be flexible if your child is upset and only one parent/carer to bring your child.  Therefore a practitioner will sign any children in and out. All Parents and Carers MUST social distance at all times when outside the building.

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Coronavirus

Isolate your household. Stay at home. Coronavirus

Playgroup is now closed temporarily due to the spread of the Corona Virus. We will re-open as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

In the mean time if you would like to enquire about a place for September please email us at st.marysosterleyplaygroup@outlook.com and you will be sent an application form. Tours of playgroup will be available when possible.

How Was 2017 For Playgroup

We had a lot of children stay on or started on 3 year funding which meant we were already only getting £13 per session for these children but we filled up with 30 children per day the by summer term with 6 staff and three 1-1 workers for three children who went onto school with statutory assessments (used to be statements). We were charging £20 per session for 2 year olds. SEN workers were paid by inclusion funding.

We paid our staff at least the National Living Wage as of 2014 and had to start the new pension. Our main focus last year was to try and put in place 30 hours to start in September 2017. It was not easy to work out as the government didn’t give any information out until the summer. We had to get all staff on board with extra hours, work out the hours and ask for extension of the hall hire. We had to have a meeting with the hall committee, then the vicar. Then it had to be passed by the Standing Committee and the PCC. We now have a contract until September 2018 of £600 pw for hall hire. The vicar is leaving which may cause changes. Continue reading

Survey about Childcare

Residents who are a parent or carer of children aged from babies to  14 years and those with youngsters with disabilities up to 18 years, are being asked by Hounslow Council for their views on whether childcare in the borough is meeting their needs.

An online childcare demand survey will run until Friday 29 September 2017. People can submit their views at /Childcare_demand_survey_2017  

Knowing what is going well and what could be improved in childcare services is important to the Council.

The information provided in the survey will support future planning to ensure that there is sufficient high quality childcare available in the places and at the times that parents and carers need it.

Ofsted Rates Us Outstanding

We’re very pleased to announced that after an inspection on 4th February 2016 we have been rated as outstanding.

The summary says:

  • Children thrive in a warm, welcoming and highly stimulating environment. The setting provides a wide variety of resources and exciting activities for children to explore.
  • The promotion of equality, respect and tolerance is at the heart of the setting’s work and is thoroughly embedded.
  • Staff work in excellent partnerships with parents and actively involve them in their children’s learning. For example, play plans outlining what children are learning are shared with parents. Parents also have the opportunity to have a say in how the setting is run by joining the parents’ committee and completing regular questionnaires.
  • The relationships between children and their key person are excellent. Children form secure attachments and are confident and ready to learn.
  • The manager and staff have a deep understanding of the curriculum and how to apply it to meet the children’s needs. All children make exceptional progress.

Please read the full report.