Respiratory virus surge in children

During the pandemic young children have not been exposed as often to the usual viral illnesses that they would normally develop immunity to. We are therefore expecting more than the usual numbers of viruses in children particularly in the 0-5 age range in the coming months. we are taking this opportunity to circulate material to parents to give advice and confidence on managing a poorly child and to help highlight if your child needs more immediate medical attention.

We have attached four documents to assist you, but always trust your instincts and call for help if you are not sure:

  1. Covering letter to parents -
  2. Local guidance with contacts to help you know when to seek advice -
  3. National guidance for under 1s -
  4. National guidance for over 1s -


New DfE Guidance; Letter from Dr Varney

Every Mind Matters campaign


Every Mind Matters provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them.

The new advice available on the Every Mind Matters website has been developed in partnership with leading children and young people’s mental health charities, including Young MindsThe MixPlace2Be and The Anna Freud Centre. It is designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and support them, and also provides advice that can help maintain good mental wellbeing. The site also provides tools to help young people build resilience and equips them to look after their mental wellbeing.

WHNS Operational Plan September 2020

September 2020 Induction Booklet

Washwood Heath September 2020 Settling and Induction

Wash Tunes: Wash Wash Wash Your Hands

It is advised that you should wash your hands more often than usual, particularly after arriving at your setting, touching your face, blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, and before eating or handling food.
To clean your hands, you should wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly, or use alcohol hand rub/sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.Sing this song to the tune of 'row row row your boat' when it's time to wash-up. For best results have your Big Kid wash for 20 seconds with water and soap.

Use the video below to learn the hand washing song with your child and washing hands for 20 seconds.

Time to Come In, Bear: A Children's Story About Social Distancing Written by Kim St. Lawrence Read by Ryan St. Lawrence

We will do our best to support distancing, but parents must understand that in returning to school there is a very real likelihood that children will touch adults and one another and come into close contact. The nature of the school site and the age of our children is such that this is unavoidable.

Try and talk to your child at home about what school might look like when they return.
Share the photos from the Parent Information booklet.
Be open and honest, using language they will understand.

The story below is great for youmg children and uses simple explanations to help.