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Health and Family Issues


Our colleagues based at KES.  Please see their website for the extensive services they provide for children and their families: www.rochfordextendedservices.org.uk

Citizen Advice Bureau

Please see the attached latest CAB newsletter from the local Rochford CAB.

Help with Child Care Costs

If you are entitled to Child Care Funding, you maybe entitled to claim money for Breakfast Club, After School Club and Holiday Club, please see the Government website https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs.

The school Ofsted number is 134978. 


Free School Meals

It is important for children to have a good nutritious meal at lunch time. If you can’t afford school dinners you may be eligible for free school meals.

May 2018 - Changes to the Free School Meal System - please click here to check eligibility: 


To be eligible you must be receiving one of the following:
income support or income-based Job Seekers Allowance;
Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190 (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit)
Pension Guarantee Credit;
income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

To apply for free schools meals please complete the online application form.

If you are eligible for free school meals, and your circumstances change in any way (such as changing address or school, and registering another child) you will need to contact the Team via educationawards@essex.gov.uk to advise the team of these changes.


Every Family Matters

All families face challenges!

Behaviour / reluctance to go to school/ family & relationship breakdown/ debt/ housing/ bereavement/ additional needs

The list is endless!

Rochford Extended Services have a team of experienced, qualified Family Support Workers who can help, support and offer advice and guidance.

Would you like a face to face chat over coffee?

 (Appointments only - call to book)

Or would you prefer a quick chat over the phone?

On 1st Tuesday of the month, term time only,

starting 4th October 2016, families can contact us direct

9 am – 12 pm 1:1 appointments 

telephone advice, call between 1pm to 3pm

Please contact Patsy Alphonse-Peer on: 07787 259342

to book an appointment with either Patsy or Jill Lowdell or to have a chat over the telephone. They will be more than happy to help.


NHS Leaflet / Public Health Leaflet

Childhood Illnesses - your guide to common childhood illnesses and how to recognise and treat them.

Please see the attached report 'Guidance on Infection Control in Schools'.




Drugwatch.com Website 

Children's Comprehensive Health Guide: Newborn to Preteen 


When should my baby see a doctor? How does bullying affect my preteen? What medications are potentially dangerous for children? These are common questions parents have as their children reach different stages of their growth and development. Some children may face obesity, diabetes or hearing loss; others may require glasses or an EpiPen for allergies. You can promote children’s well-being by learning how their bodies grow, what diseases or disorders to look out for and how to identify risky products.


Essex Virtual School Website

Please go to  www.essex.gov.uk/virtualschool - the source of our support for schools, parents, carers, and other professionals who have responsibility for children in care and previously looked after children. 



If your child is unwell please ring the school before 9 am on the day they are ill.  Even though you have rang to tell us we must still have an absence letter confirming why they were off school to authorise the absence when they come back.  Thank you for your co-operation.

Sickness and Diarrhoea

In line with Essex advice, if your child or any of the staff have any episodes of the above they can only return to school 48 hours after being clear.

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Peabody (formerly Family Mosaic)

Head Lice

How common are head lice?

Head lice are a common problem, particularly in school children aged 4-11 years. It's difficult to know exactly how common head lice are because the problem is often treated at home, with people only visiting their GP if treatment is unsuccessful. However, it's thought that up to one in three children in the UK may get head lice at some point during the year.


Head lice can be effectively treated with medicated lotions or by wet combing using a specially designed head lice comb. Click here to see the NHS help pages that give you all the information you will need to combat this problem.


Click on the link below to find a counsellor or psychotherapist near you:



Healthwatch Essex has launched a website about health and well-being for young people. It provides information on topics such as diabetes and asthma, HPV vaccination, drug and alcohol misuse, managing stress, bullying and peer pressure and difficulties at home, as well as guidance for young carers and support for young people with disabilities. It also includes a comprehensive list of health services and organisations in Essex that can help young people, please visit for more information.

Many thanks


Julie Auger

Senior Youth and Community Commissioner

Essex County Council Youth Service

Tel: 03330138826

Mobile: 07747532759

Email julie.auger@essex.gov.uk


Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health

Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental health Service (EWMHS) launches

 From 1 November, all Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Essex will be called Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS).

The new service is provided by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) who will provide targeted and specialist emotional wellbeing and mental health support for anybody aged between 0-18, living in Southend, Essex or Thurrock. EWMHS is also available to anybody with Special Educational Needs (SEN) up to the age of 25 and is free at the point of entry.

Anyone currently receiving treatment as part of CAMHS will be transferred over safely and the same staff will continue to provide the new service; wherever possible children and young people will see the same person in the same location.

Please read the EWMHS leaflet which contains more information, including the conditions and issues EWMHS will treat, the types of support available and referral and contact information for young people, parents, guardians, care givers, responsible adults and other professionals.

If you have any questions about the new service please contact Christina Pace - Head of Commissioning Vulnerable People at Essex County Council, 


Please let me know if this is possible and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Kind regards


Amy Lyon | Senior Communications Officer (People)
Essex County Council

Email: amy.lyon@essex.gov.uk

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