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H&F hosts Easter holiday clubs for children of keyworkers and vulnerable families

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has announced that many local schools and services will be providing Easter holiday clubs for the families of vulnerable children or keyworkers.

The clubs will be held at 19 local primary schools, three secondary schools and three settings for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, during the week from Monday 6 April to Friday 17 April. The clubs will cater for children aged up to 16. 

“Once again, our schools and community partners are going above and beyond to help our families. Working together and sharing resources on a scale never seen before, they are ensuring that key workers are able to remain on the frontline over the Easter holidays,” said Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education.

“At a time when there is jeopardy in all our lives, staff have selflessly reorganised their plans around the needs of our children and families to make this happen. We are eternally grateful to them.”

All facilities will be specially cleaned ahead of the holiday clubs and activities will be designed to maintain social distance, to protect the young people and our staff.

Community partner Let Me Play are supporting H&F Council with delivery of activities during this holiday period.

Headteachers are contacting those parents whose children are eligible for places. Please contact your local school if you need to be referred

The council is still strongly advising parents to keep their children at home if it’s safe to do so. But there will be space for every child and family who qualify and require help.

Contacts

If you have a child aged 0-2 who requires a nursery or childminder place email: contact@family-support.org.uk

If you have a child you’d like a primary school offer for aged 4-11 email: phil.tomsett@lbhf.gov.uk

If you have a child you’d like a secondary school based offer for aged 12-16 email: amy@letmeplay.co.uk

More support

If you don’t qualify as a vulnerable family or a keyworker, you can still get support over the holidays from the Hammersmith & Fulham Family Support service.

This week, Family Support launched three vital new services to help families through the coronavirus outbreak.

These include:

A ‘Time to Connect’ helpline

The new helpline, staffed by the Time to Connect team, provides a listening ear if you are concerned about anything or need help accessing or being signposted to their services.

Home learning guides

The unit have put together home learning guides and references for early years, primary school and secondary school children.

Virtual sessions on Facebook

The new virtual family centre is here and the virtual timetable can be found here. You can still access all the support usually provided at the children’s centres through their new virtual Facebook sessions. Families can drop in for advice, take part in a session or request a call from their Time to Connect Team.

If you need early years support – such as a nursery or childminder over the Easter holidays – the Family Support service team can also help if you qualify.

For more details about the Family Support service, email: contact@family-support.org.uk

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