For full webpage click here

Returning to classrooms

Thank you to all Hertfordshire schools, who have been providing distance learning as well as staying open for vulnerable children and those of key workers. Find out how new government guidelines will allow a phased return

Transforming town centres

Pedestrians and cyclists need to be able to safely socially distance in our town centres. We are working with district and borough councils to make changes in some Hertfordshire towns.

  

Hoddesdon recycling centre set to reopen

Hoddesdon joins the other 10 sites operating across Hertfordshire by opening from tomorrow. Please only visit the centre if absolutely necessary and do not attend if you are exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms.

Take part in a Stay Alert health walk

Be part of something big this National Walking Month and enjoy the Hertfordshire countryside. Our Health Walks team want those who are able to go for a walk this weekend and let them know about it

 Household Waste Recycling Centres reopening

 

Ten of our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are reopening from Monday for waste that cannot be put in recycling bins or stored at home. The 10 sites will open under tight social distancing controls and can accept a limited range of materials

 Consider fostering during awareness fortnight

Our foster carers are using their time in isolation to highlight the desperate need for fostering. To mark this year’s Foster Care Fortnight (May 11 to 24), we are not only appealing for foster carers to come forward, but also celebrating our current carers.

Virtual’ music lessons for Hertfordshire pupils

 

Hertfordshire Music Service (HMS) is offering online music lessons during the Covid-19 crisis for existing pupils. The ‘virtual’ lessons will ensure that pupils can learn from home during isolation with their trusted HMS music teachers.

 

Do you care for a young person with special needs?

 We are keen to hear your views about improvements to SEND information, advice and support in Hertfordshire. Parents and carers are invited to take part in our consultation exploring new ways to access professional information and advice.

Eligibility for government childcare offers protected

Parents who are normally eligible for the government’s childcare offers will continue receiving the entitlements during the summer term if their income levels fall due to the impact of coronavirus.

 

The government has announced that any working parent usually eligible for 30 hours free childcare or tax-free childcare will remain eligible if they fall below the minimum income requirement due to COVID-19.

 

Subject to Parliamentary approval, parents who are critical workers will also remain eligible for these entitlements if their income has increased over the maximum threshold during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

For more information please visit the government website.

Schools and education settings opening on 1 June

The Department for Education has published guidance for parents and carers on schools and educational settings opening to pupils from 1 June.

 

Read the full guidance 

Do you have hungry little minds?

Hungry Little Minds now have updated ideas to share with you.

 

Playing together can make being at home more rewarding and kids

will make a game out of almost anything you have lying around.

Don’t worry if they don’t know all the words yet – just say them back

to help them remember.

Search #HungryLittleMinds for ideas.

Do you care for a young person with

special needs?

We are keen to hear your views about improvements to SEND

information, advice and support in Hertfordshire.

Parents and carers are invited to take part in our consultation

exploring new ways to access professional information and advice.

Take part in our consultation

Is your child school ready?  Ideas to help

In Hertfordshire we believe that children who are school ready are happy, healthy, curious and ready to learn.

 

We know that children develop at their own pace and that you as parent/carers are your child’s greatest teacher.

 

To ensure your children are supported in the transition to school life, we have come up with some ideas that may help you.

Hungry Little Minds  Read More

The Hungry Little Minds website has been updated, to ensure all the activities are in line with the current social distancing guidance. The website gives families some more inspiration for activities they can do whilst they are at home with their children.

 

 

Local Offer resources  Access the Resources

 

 

We have a resources area on the Local Offer website which we’ve pulled together to support families who are educating their children at home at the moment. The resources area specifically looks to support those families whose child has an additional need, but it can be used by any family, and may have certain educational activities that can help any pupil to develop a skill they may be struggling with.

 

My Story 2020

Posted: Friday 3rd April 2020

A new chapter… tell us your story

Hertfordshire Libraries and Nysa Projects are once again inviting you to share your stories and memories as part of a unique #creativequarantine project. Click here for more details.

At a time when we are being encouraged to physically distance ourselves from one another, it is more important than ever to use stories to bring us together. Everyone has a story to tell about growing up and we would like to share these for the whole community to enjoy on the Herts Memories website.

Stride into 2020 - Walking in Hertfordshire

January to April Health Walks programmes available online

Why not get 2020 off to a fun and healthy start by joining us on a walk?  Moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, can help to keep you healthy and is a good way to ward off colds.

You could always bring along a friend or family member and let them share your joy of walking.

Please contact healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk if you have any queries  

More detail here

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Hertfordshire Adult & Family Learning Service

 

BROWSE the full year 2019-20 course prospectus

More detail here

 

January leisure learning courses @ the Skills & Learning Centre, Hertford

 

Spanish Improvers - £100 – A 10-week course at Hertford – Starts Monday 20th Jan at 9.30am to 11.00am

Italian Improvers - £100 – A 10-week course at Hertford – Starts Monday 20th Jan at 12.00pm to 1.30pm

Italian Beginners - £100 – A 10-week course at Hertford – Starts Monday 20th Jan at 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Photography for Beginners - £80 – A 6-week course at Hertford – Starts Tues 21st Jan at 10am to 12pm

Photography Workshops - £80 – A 6-week course at Hertford – Starts Tues 21st Jan at 1pm to 3pm

Introduction to Gardening - £65 – A 5-week course at Hertford – Starts Weds 22nd Jan at 10am-12pm

Drawing and Painting - SOLD OUT – A 10-week course at Hertford- Starts Weds 22nd Jan at 1pm-3.30pm

Spanish for Beginners - £100 – A 10-week course at Hertford – Starts Thurs 23rd Jan at 9.30am – 11am

Mindfulness - £75 – A 6-week course at Hertford - Starts Thurs 23rd Jan at 1pm-3pm

French for Beginners - £100 – A 10-week course at Hertford – Starts Friday 24th Jan at 9.30am-11.00am

German for Beginners - £100 – A 10-week course at Hertford – Starts Friday 24th Jan at 11.30am-1pm

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Information for parents and families - December 20,2019

Call NHS 111 if you need urgent medical help for your child this winter

The NHS in Hertfordshire is encouraging parents and carers to call NHS 111 this winter if you need urgent medical help for your child.

Additional advice includes talking to a pharmacist if your medical concern isn’t urgent. Pharmacists are experts in medicines and can give non-urgent medical advice. Many pharmacies are open late and on weekends. They also have a consultation room if you’d prefer to speak in private.

 

If you are worried about your child and need urgent health advice, please call NHS 111 free at any time or go online.

 

Find your nearest pharmacist

 

 

 

 

Does your child receive 30 hours free childcare?

If your child receives 30 hours free childcare please check online to make sure you are still eligible by looking on your childcare service account

 

You have until Tuesday 31 December 2019 to reconfirm your eligibility to ensure your child continues to receive their 30 hours free childcare in January 2020.

 

If you are a parent who may be eligible for 30 hours free childcare from January 2020, you have until Tuesday 31 December 2019 to apply for an eligibility code on the childcare choices website

Information for parents and families - November 6

 

Family centre parent satisfaction survey 2019

We want to know how satisfied you are with the Hertfordshire Family Centre Service, if you have used this service in the last 12 months.

Please only complete the survey once.

Survey closes on Saturday 30 November 2019.

Complete the survey >

 

Do you have a child in reception or year 1?

We are consulting with parents and carers on how it was for parents and children starting school.

Please can you spare a few minutes to give us your feedback?

The survey closes on Monday 2 December 2019.

Take our survey >

 

Best Start Herts

Did you know that Hertfordshire has a Facebook page exclusively for Hertfordshire families?

This page has been set up to provide key messages and support from pregnancy through the early years until your child starts school. 

Follow us on Facebook @beststartinherts >

Information for parents and families - Click here

  • Transfer to secondary/upper school in 2020

  • Do you or your children need the flu vaccine this winter?

  • SEND transformation

  • SEND information and advice service

 Waste and Recycling

Getting your vehicle ready for winter

The 17th National Recycle Week starts on 23rd September and aims to encourage us all to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from all around the home.   For more detail, click here.

Health and Well-being

Online interactive map of sexual health and contraception services in Hertfordshire. Click here

Adult and Family Learning

Wide range of courses and activities offered, including over half term.  See here

Digital skills, Arts and Crafts, English/Maths, Fitness and Well Being, Skills for Work

Additional Needs

Tyre Safety

Adequate tyre depth is essential for good grip on wet roads. Drivers with insufficient tread depth face longer stopping distances, reduced grip and an increased risk of aquaplaning.

 

This year TyreSafe’s campaign Look Who’s Talking covers all three key areas of routine tyre maintenance: Air pressure; Condition; and Tread depth – ACT. The campaign seeks to encourage motorists to check their tyres at least once a month every month, and before long journeys.

 Don’t ignore your tyres, check:

 

  • Air pressure: Use an accurate tyre pressure gauge to check tyres’ air pressure is at the recommended settings. Check the vehicle owner’s handbook or fuel filler cap.

  • Condition: Lumps or bulges in a tyre may indicate internal damage and increase the risk of a catastrophic failure. If these, or cuts and cracks, are found while checking a tyre, the tyre may need replacing and professional advice should be sought.

  • Tread depth: Tread depth should be checked with an accurate gauge to ensure it is above the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm. If you don’t have an accurate tread depth gauge, a 20p can be used as a guide to how close your tread is to the limit if you don’t have a tread depth gauge available.

 

Reputable retailers can offer a free check on your tyres, Trading Standards advise to shop around if you need new tyres to compare prices and value for money.

HAND - Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database

If you have a child with a special educational need or disability you can join HAND, our Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database.

Find out more here

Advice on Scams

Information for Parents and Families

Have you registered with the new family centre?

 

Did you know that you and your family need to be registered with our service to attend sessions or courses?

Even if you registered with the children centres before, to comply with the new Data Protection Laws and the change of service on 1 October 2018 a new registration form needs to be submitted for you and your family.

 

Visit http://www.hertsfamilycentres.org to register and get started.

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A new awareness session: Young Friends Against Scams has been designed to teach young people aged 8+ about:

• Scams and how they can affect people’s lives

• Different types of scams including: postal, telephone, online and doorstep

• How to protect yourself from being scammed

• How to spot and help a scam victim

To find out more or receive the Young Friends awareness session please contact the FAS team here.

Do you have hungry little minds?

 

All the little things you do with your child make a big difference to their development.

 

Search Hungry Little Minds for more information.

Preparing for baby

 

A free 3 week course, presented by midwives, family support and health visitors covering everything you need to prepare for labour and parenthood. 

 

Book your place by week 25 of your pregnancy.