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Weekly email - Friday 5th February

Dear Parents and Carers,

I have really enjoyed joining some of the registration and small group sessions over the last couple of weeks. It has been lovely to hear the children chatter away and see the children’s smiling faces. Their confidence online is growing rapidly and I wanted to say what an amazing job they (and you) are doing. Huge well done to them and you!

The news about the vaccines is very promising and we are all hoping to be able to welcome your children back to school as soon as we can. Once we have the information about dates and arrangements for the wider opening of schools I can assure we will be working hard to get everything in place so that we have a safe and happy return to school.

Mental Health Week- Express Yourself

I hope that you and the children have enjoyed the activities about National Mental Health Week. This week MIND have been sharing lots of great links for promoting positive mental health - here are a couple that may be helpful. Also attached to this email are MIND’s weekly newsletters for children and parents - here and here plus February's AFH Calendar.

You’re never too young to talk mental health: tips for parents and carers – Anna Freud Centre This leaflet provides simple advice and guidance to parents and carers about how to make conversations about their child's feelings part of everyday conversation.

Talking to my child – MindEd Tips, videos and suggestions for parents about encouraging their child to open up about their feelings, on a simple interactive website. There is also an easy-read PDF version available.

The Cunch App

Buckinghamshire Council representatives have bought this App to our attention. I wanted to make you aware of it just in case your children are accessing it.

It is a game about running a County Lines (Cunch) operation.  The National Crime Agency and National County Lines C0-ordination Centre (NCLCC) are all aware of this app and the NCLCC is investigating whether any action can be done about it.  It appears to have an in-chat facility which would enable grooming/recruitment and so hopefully action can be taken.

The news this week

Like all of you, I am sure, we were saddened by the news of Colonel Sir Tom Moore’s passing. He provided such light and positivity to the world and he will be deeply missed. The words of his number one hit ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ made me think about the current challenges we are all dealing with and I just wanted you to know that you are not alone. We are here to help where we can and support you despite the difficulties we are all facing.
Elen Peal