Blackpool FC Community Trust in partnership with Blackpool Council are delighted to announce free child care provision at a number of locations across Blackpool. This provision is part of the ‘Blackpool Summer of Fun’ programme aimed at supporting vulnerable children, pupils on free school meals and children of key workers.
Blackpool FC Community Trust will be running activity camps targeted at vulnerable children/ children on free school meals at Revoe Learning Academy and Westminster Academy and an activity camp for key workers from Highfield Leadership Academy. As well as free activities the children attending will also be provided with a free meal, drink and snacks for the day.
*This service is limited to 30 places per site so it is essential we try and support the families most at need*.
In order for us to deliver to these targeted families most at need we require the support of local school to direct the appropriate families to the booking services available.
We would appreciate if you could contact any parent/ guardian you feel falls into any of the categories stated previously.
We are happy to confirm that we are able to reopen our Blackpool shop on Monday 20th July.
Our opening times will be 9.30am until 4pm and we will be opening 5 days a week from Monday to Saturday (Closed Tuesday's, Sunday's and Bank Holidays). In august we will be open on a Tuesday.
Due to things being slightly different this year, we have had to do a lot of planning so that our shops can be as safe as possible for both customers and our staff. Safety measures have been put into place and all our staff have been trained to adhere to these. As we know, this is our busiest time of the year, so we are expecting a large volume of customers both in the shop, ordering online and ringing the store. Can we please ask all customers to be patient with all our shop staff and make sure that all guidelines are followed so we can work as quickly and safely as possible.
Therefore, once we are able to open we would like to encourage those who are NOT new starters, to order online if this is possible. Our website is www.ualonline.com
This will allow for us to cater for the new starters (Reception and Year 7 pupils) who need to try uniform on for the first time, we would also like to advise parents that the changing rooms will be closed therefore we would advise girls to come in leggings that they will be able to try skirts over the top of these and a vest top if they need to try on PE kits, and the boy’s shorts that they will be able to try trousers over if they need to, and keep the queue outside the shop down as much as possible.
As well as trying to minimise as much contact as possible, we are asking for only one parent and one child per family to come in and try their uniform on. Unfortunately, any families who bring more than one adult with them, will be told to wait outside. We understand that some of our customers are single parents, meaning they have to bring all children, therefore we will use our discretion upon arrival and allow this under these particular circumstances only.
We thank you for your continued support.
Blackpool Shop Manager/T2T Manager
Click here to download the update from uniform provider, 1st Class Kids on Highfield Road.
Blackpool Council is committed to helping schools to make the right decisions for themselves as well as for our families and children.
In addition to the current provision for the children of key workers, the Government has proposed a limited expansion of schools over the coming weeks from June 1 onwards.
Before expanding the numbers, schools will need to consider, amongst other things, changes in work practices including reducing social contact, enhancing hand and respiratory hygiene, as well as increasing cleaning regimes.
The opening of schools is important in supporting children’s welfare and education, and also allowing those who are caring for children to resume their normal working lives.
There is clear evidence that the risk to children from COVID-19 infection is lower than in the general population. It also now appears that children under the age of 12 are no more infectious than adults and might actually be less infectious.
There is speculation around what is commonly known as the R number, but I would stress that in getting a clear picture of the local position it is important that we don’t solely focus on the R value and fully understand where transmission is occurring.
Taking all this into consideration and balancing the risks of COVID-19 with the potential detrimental impact on child welfare and educational outcomes, we are now in a position to support schools to start to invite children back to school in the specified year groups.
This, of course, can only be done when individual schools feel that it is safe to do so.
Any lifting of restrictions is likely to introduce some element of risk, but the risks with this particular proposal are low, particularly if the working practices within the school are changed and positive cases are promptly identified and contacts self-isolated in the appropriate way.
Along with all the changes in working practices outlined in the guidance to schools, Blackpool Council will be offering support through its Outbreak Management Hub in collaboration with Public Health England to respond to cases that might occur within a school.
Working closely with the Diane Booth, the Council’s Director of Children’s Services, I will be closely monitoring how the pandemic is developing and will, of course, keep schools informed of any changes or developments in guidance.
As a precaution, we are closing Christ the King Academy and St. Mary’s Catholic Academy sites for all
staff and pupils for the next 48 hours. We have taken this decision as a very small number of the
Academy community have recently tested positive for Covid-19.
We are currently working closely with Public Health England to determine our next steps. We have
taken this precautionary decision to temporarily close while we undertake detailed risk assessments.
We are also taking the opportunity to clean all sites thoroughly. We do not wish to expose any pupils
or staff to additional risk whilst we are undertaking these steps.
Any staff or pupils directly affected have been contacted already by senior staff.
Thank you for your understanding and support. We appreciate your concerns and are working hard
to address these as soon as possible.
If you are concerned about your child’s health, in the meantime, please contact 111.
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