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COVID-19 update 31 March 2020

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Advice for pregnant mothers and parents with young children

Advice for families with babies and young children

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, families with babies or young children may need additional support to stay healthy. You can find Bradford Council guides for families and health professionals on our website.

It covers topics like keeping your keeping your toddler active, help for pregnant mums and how to keep your home smokefree. 

Parents asked to be responsible when buying formula milk

Bradford Council is urging parents to only buy the amount of baby formula they need following reports some are finding it difficult to purchase infant formula.

Parents are being reassured that they can use a different brand to their usual formula as all manufacturers make their products to the same standards and contain similar nutritional values.

Major supermarkets are limiting the sales of infant formula to ensure that there is fairer distribution.

Local stores, pharmacies and corner shops do not seem to be experiencing the same issues and parents should check availability in these stores as well. Many pharmacies can also order products for their customers if asked. For further advice visit or website.

Do you need help or support?

If you need help or have a particular need please ring and talk to one of our friendly team who will take some details and pass them onto the relevant service. Call 01274 431000

We can help by:

  • picking up shopping medicines
  • delivering a hot meal or food parcel to eligible people
  • ringing for a friendly chat
  • Problem solving

See our website for more information about local support and volunteering to help others.

Stay safe while out for exercise

Please follow the Government’s advice when leaving your home for exercise. It is fine to walk on paths and bridleways during exercise outside, as long as people observe the 2m rule for staying a safe distance apart. For more information, visit our public green space and rights of way guidance page.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. Use the NHS 111 online service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 online coronavirus service at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19/

Helpful links

Government advice: what you need to do

NHS coronavirus advice and information

Bradford district coronavirus advice and information

Support for businesses

 

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COVID-19 update 28 March 2020

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Bradford Council is reinforcing the message that travel to exercise is not essential travel

To help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID 19) and encourage people to limit their journeys to essential travel only, Bradford Council has taken the decision to close its car parks at certain destinations. The closure will take place with immediate effect until further notice.

The destinations where this will apply are:

  • Cow and Calf
  • Whetstone Gate
  • Ilkley Lido
  • Riverside Gardens
  • Darwin Gardens
  • Haworth – Bronte Village Car and Coach park, Weavers Hill
  • Haworth Bronte Parsonage Museum car park
  • St Ives Low Park, Golf Club & Coppice Pond and Play Area car parks
  • Lister Park car park
  • Cliffe Castle car parks
  • Baildon Moor carpark
  • Penistone Hill Dimple Lane Quarry and Moorside Lane

Over the past week the Council has seen an increase in the numbers of people treating the time that they have at home due to the Government restrictions, as a holiday and driving to local beauty spots and overcrowding them.

The Government’s new measures limit travel to essential journeys only, you are allowed to go out for exercise but you must stay close to home. 

The Government has said that they expect the public to act responsibly and follow the new rules. However, if the police believe that someone has broken these rules – or if they refuse to follow their instructions – a police officer may issue them with a fixed penalty notice for £60 (reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days).

The decision by the Council reinforces the work of West Yorkshire Police and also reflects action being taken at other beauty spots and national parks around the country.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “People have got to understand that the Government is telling people to Stay At Home for a simple reason – we need to save lives. People should not be making unnecessary journeys. Unfortunately, we’ve seen that people aren’t following this advice which gives us no choice but to close the car parks for these sites. Please follow the Government’s guidance and Stay. At. Home!”

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Stay At Home Save Lives

25 March 2020 An open letter from Vicky Ford MP

Vicky Ford MP

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families

Sanctuary Buildings 20 Great Smith Street Westminster London SW1P 3BT tel: 0370 000 2288 www.education.gov.uk/help/contactus 

 

Dear colleagues,

This is an open letter distributed through as many of our partner organisations as possible. I would be grateful if you could circulate it as widely as possible to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and all others who support them.

This is an unprecedented, uncertain and testing time for all of us due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is particularly challenging for children and young people with SEND, their families, and those who work tirelessly to support and care for them.

This is why, over the past week, we have made announcements and issued guidance about how we will meet the needs of children and young people with SEND during this challenging time. As the Minister responsible for SEND, I wanted to write to let you know that we are committed to doing everything possible to support you during this difficult time.

We are working in partnership with many organisations, including the National Network for Parent Carer Forums and the Council for Disabled Children, to make sure we are focusing our efforts in the right places. In all our decisions, the needs of SEND children and young people and their families and carers, and safeguarding these vulnerable groups, are at the forefront of our minds.

The Government published guidance about supporting vulnerable children on 22 March. It includes a number of frequently asked questions and is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people. We have also published new guidance that provides household isolation advice for children and young people who live in residential settings, and the staff that support them. This guidance is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-isolation-for-residential-educational-settings.

The guidance on supporting vulnerable children states that local authorities, nurseries, schools, special schools, colleges and other training providers should undertake a risk assessment to establish the individual needs of each child or young person with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. This assessment should incorporate the views of the child or young person and their parents. This will inform the decision about whether they should continue in school or college, or whether their needs can be met at home safely.

If needs are best met at schools or colleges, we will support their school or college to meet their needs, wherever possible. For those on SEN support, schools, colleges and local authorities have discretion to use the same risk judgement to decide whether home or school is the safest setting for these children. It is, however, important that as many children as possible remain at home during this time in order to help reduce transmission rates.

On 19 March, the Government introduced new legislation into Parliament, in the form of the Coronavirus Bill (‘the Bill’), in response to the outbreak (https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2019-21/coronavirus.html).

Our overwhelming aim for SEND, through the Bill and the proposed changes to regulations that are to follow, is to balance the needs of this vulnerable group to receive the support they need with managing the demands on local authorities and health bodies to respond to this outbreak. As a result, we have included in the Bill temporary emergency powers to enable us, where necessary, to modify the legal requirements on local authorities in fulfilling their duties in relation to EHC plans.

In practice, this will mean that where a local authority is, because of the outbreak, unable, for example, to put in place stated provision, they will need to use their reasonable endeavours to do this, but won’t be penalised for failing to meet the existing duty as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. These emergency powers will only be exercised for the shortest period and where necessary, and will be regularly reviewed. We will also be seeking to amend regulations on the timescales for EHC plan processes where this is appropriate because of COVID- 19. I want to reiterate that these decisions are not taken lightly but I believe strike the right balance in these difficult times.

I encourage you to keep up to date by regularly checking the www.gov.co.uk webpages, and raise awareness of the DfE Coronavirus helpline we have established for local authorities, providers and parents to get information on the latest Government advice. The number is 0800 046 8687, and lines are open 8am-6pm (Monday – Friday), and 10am – 4pm (Saturday and Sunday).

I realise that the impact of these extraordinary circumstances on this group of children and young people can be particularly acute. This is why I have asked the Council for Disabled Children, in partnership with Contact, to ensure that their websites and forums regularly update both families and services on information, which is available to support them. I have also asked them to collate any questions and queries from stakeholders so that we can maintain as many routes of contact as possible into Government to ensure our actions continue to be focused on prioritising where help is most needed.

The challenges we are now facing serve to further highlight the importance of ensuring the system of support for children and young people with SEND is as effective as possible in the future. Rest assured that completing our review of the SEND system remains a priority for me and for the Government. In light of the current situation, we will think carefully about the right way and timescale to do this. Right now my focus, like yours, is on managing the current situation and keeping vulnerable children safe and supported.

I know that by working together, we can ensure that children and young people with SEND receive the support they need during this difficult time.

Yours sincerely,

Vicky Ford MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families

The official copy of the letter from Vicky Ford MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families

24 March 2020 - further update information
 

Following the Prime Ministers announcement last night of stricter measures to contain the spread of the corona virus. The government have sent an updated guidance for Early Years and Childcare sector.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures

 

COVID-19 update 23rd March 2020

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Schools update for families with key workers and vulnerable children

We know this is a very challenging time for parents and carers across our district. Our priority is protecting vulnerable children, making sure children are fed and that key workers’ children are cared for during the day.

The government has announced that due to Coronavirus (Covid-19), schools will close on Friday 20 March for the foreseeable future, except for children who are vulnerable or whose parents are key workers. The government has issued guidance about the children of Key Workers (whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response) and for children who are vulnerable. Schools and all registered childcare providers have been asked to continue to provide childcare for these children.

We are working with schools to ensure as many of them as possible are open from Monday 23 March to relieve pressure on families and key workers.

You can find more information about key workers here.

You can find details and advice on school closures in on our website

For parents of children under 5 looking for childcare as a result of the closure of schools and childcare settings, please use the Bradford Childcare Finder to assist you. If you need further help to find childcare please e-mail sufficiency@bradford.gov.uk and a member of the team will contact you.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

The advice from the NHS is to protect yourselves and reduce any risks by practicing good hand hygiene. Specifically:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • wash your hands with soap and water often for 20 seconds
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands are not clean

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. Use the NHS 111 online service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 online coronavirus service at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19/

Helpful links

Coronavirus UK government response

NHS coronavirus advice and information

Government travel advice

Guidance for employers and businesses

Bradford district coronavirus advice and information

 

19 March 2020 Coronavirus update 
 

For the latest advice and information on COVID-19 @ 19.3.2020

  • People are advised to visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
  • When schools and early years providers close from Friday, do not let your children visit elderly people (age 70 or over), those who have a long-term health condition, those who are pregnant, or people who have a weakened immune system.  
  • If any of your family develop symptoms of a high temperature and a new, continuous cough, follow the advice on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. DO NOT visit your GP, pharmacy or hospital. If symptoms persist or get worse use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service - 111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ - you should only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.   
  • If you have an underlying health condition follow the government advice
19 March 2020  School closure update

Dear Parents

Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education last night, we are currently starting to put plans in place for next week. At this moment in time, the key worker groups have not been identified and we are awaiting further guidance from the Cabinet Office which is due to be published today and guidance from Bradford Council. Please can we ask that you do not phone the office at this stage as currently we have no further information on this matter. As soon as we have any information we will update on how we plan to move forward.

Thank you for your understanding in this very challenging time.

 Jayne Taylor

Headteacher

18th March 2020
 As a preventative measure , we would ask parents not to allow children to bring toys from home into the Nursery. Many thanks in for your support.
Jayne Taylor , Headteacher