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Young Carers

What is a Young Carer?

The Downs CEP Whole School Commitment to Young Carers

The whole school is committed to meeting the needs of young carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils/students and achieve their potential.

The school has a designated Young Carers’ School Lead with responsibility for young carers and their families. Pupils and families will be made aware of the identity of this lead and how to contact them to access support.

We are now running a Key Stage 1 Young Carers Group where we will be meeting up on a Friday afternoon and playing games.

The school only shares information with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to support pupils and their families.

The school actively seeks feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support.

The school uses Pupil Premium funding to minimise any barriers to education and learning experienced by eligible young carers.

The school has an effective referral system and strong partnership in place with relevant external agencies, including the school nurse and the local young carers’ service.

Dates for our Meetings 2016-2017

14th October 2016

KS2 were treated by Pastor Seyan who had organised a labyrinth to help our YC de-stress. Barbara taught us how to do the labyrinth slowly and played calming music as we walked around it to the centre. We then used the wooden and finger labyrinths to trace the route with our fingers. 

KS1 made the most of the weather and went to the Gazebo for circle time and a game of 'over / under' with a ball. Mr Turner and Mrs Dalton both thought that their team had won so it was declared a draw.

11th November 2016

KS1; we talked about dialling 999 when someone at home is very ill and that if we do, the grown-up on the phone will keep talking to us all the time until the ambulance people arrive. Then we played 'Simon says' we took turns to be 'Simon' and had lots of jumping to do.

bKS2; we went to Walmer Baptist Church, ate lunch and played lots of games. We are currently learning how to hold a snooker cue and play Battleships.

9th December 2016

KS2; we played games and had lunch in WBC. We were joined by some parents for coffee and tea. Laura from Dover Smart project spoke to parents about the Saturday morning art and craft club they ran.

KS1: we enjoyed circle time and talked about what we were looking forward to about Christmas, then we sang some Christmas songs.

13th January 2017

KS2; we braved the cold to walk to WBC where we played games.

KS1: we enjoyed circle time and amazed Mrs Neary when we told her how and when to phone an ambulance. We had a great game of 'over / under'.

10th February 2017

School was closed for a staff development day

10th March 2017

KS2 children were taken down in groups to have some First Aid training, They learnt that to phone for an ambulance, a phone doesn't need any signal, credit or even a SIM card in it. They learnt how to; put someone in the recovery position, administer CPR, treat a heavy bleed and inject insulin with an epipen (practised on staff!). 

5th May 2017

KS2 enjoyed a bracing walk to the Church where they played games, ate lunch and chatted. 

KS1 had circle time in the gazebo and then had a game of hoop to hoop to warm up and cheered each other on. Mr Turner challenged Mrs Dalton to a race, guess who won??

9th June 2017

30th June 2017

Dates for our Meetings 2015-2016

Friday 9th October

(We enjoyed some Autumn sunshine at Fowlmead and had the play equipment to ourselves!)

Friday 6th November

(The weather was rubbish so we had an indoor picnic in the cabin. We talked about our Christmas trip; a fire safety morning at a fire station and then campfire building and hot chocolate making at Northbourne School in the afternoon! There might even be toasted marshmallows!)

Friday 4th December

(Click on link to the left for photos and more information)

Friday 8th January

There are now so many YC in our school that we can't possibly fit on the minibus! Instead, we went for our first meeting at Walmer Baptist Church. After eating lunch we played darts, snooker, giant Jenga and table football to name but a few! 

Friday 5th February

Thirty Young Carers enjoyed lunch together in the Walmer Baptist Church and then played lots of games; Pastor Seyan had been shopping just for us. There was lots of laughter and great sportsmanship.

Friday 4th March

We all enjoyed the walk in the sunshine down to Walmer Baptist Church. After lunch, we busied ourselves with snooker, darts and loom bands to name but a few activities. 

KS1 Young Carers had their first ever meeting. Circle time gave us an opportunity to share and then we had a game of musical statues; the girls were very good at stopping quickly!

Friday 6th May

KS2 Young Carers enjoyed a lovely walk in the sunshine down to the Church. We saw Pastor Seyan on the way down and sent him our get well soon wishes. As it was such a nice day, we had a picnic in the Church gardens and then played inside and outside the hall.

KS1 Young Carers made the most of the sunshine too as we held our meeting in the gazebo. Mr Turner were taught us how and when to phone for an ambulance. After that, we got into two teams and played the 'over / under' ball game; it was great fun!

Friday 10th June

We are going to spend this session with the rest of the school celebrating the Queen's birthday.

Friday 1st July

On the 1st July our Year 3, 4 and 5 Young Carers went to The Chequers Kitchen. There we met Pieter who showed us how dough was made and we then had the opportunity to create our own pizzas. For dessert we made strawberry cheesecake - as you can see from the pictures it was yummy. For the afternoon we went to Walmer Baptist Church where we presented Pastor Seyan with our Carers Trust Silver Award and had a picnic and some games time with some of our parents. 

Useful Links

Supporting Young Carers

Young Carer website/

Who can help Young Carers

Young Carers Services

Babble

Kent Young Carers

The Federation of The Downs and Northbourne is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all Governors, staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment.