At Central Primary School, we have a designated Family Support and Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Guthrie, who is dedicated to supporting parents with any concerns, needs or issues that may arise.
COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Over the school year, Mrs Guthrie will be working with our Family Support Worker to facilitate a wide range of courses and workshops to support parents. These workshops will include; positive parenting, screen time and online safety, school anxiety and quality time. The courses will be advertised on the school website as well as by flyers or word of mouth.
Delivering Special Provision Locally
DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, reviewing and developing the range of provision and support services available to their local community that :
- Meets the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), aged 0-25, as close to home as possible.
- Improves outcomes for well-being and attainment
- Widens choice for children and parents/carers
- Removes barriers to learning
- Uses resources more effectively
Please visit their website for more information.
The local authority recognises that parents may not be able to meet all the costs involved in providing for their children’s needs at school.
Consequently, you may be entitled to various grants and other types of assistance. These are, depending on financial circumstances:
- Free school meals. Apply here.
- Free travel to and from school (GOV.UK)
- Assistance towards the cost of instrumental tuition (Hertfordshire Music Service)
No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)
A person with no recourse to public funds is only excluded from claiming benefits that are classed as 'public funds' for immigration purposes. Therefore, a person with no recourse to public funds may be able to claim any other benefit if they meet the qualifying requirements.
The government has permanently extended free school meal eligibility to children in all households with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) subject to maximum income thresholds.
If you meet the criteria above and would like to submit an application for free school meals you will need to contact the office who will support you to complete an application. You will need to provide:
- Proof of no recourse to public funds
- Proof on income
This is a new UK-wide government scheme to help parents with the cost of childcare – click here for more details
Our PSA organise and run pre-loved uniform sales where we can offer quality uniform at a significantly reduced cost. If you need support in the interim, please contact the school office who will be happy to help.
We can also send Watford Foodbank vouchers to families in need. Please contact the school office if you need Foodbank vouchers and include the number of people living in the household and their ages. Email this information to firstname.lastname@example.org