Information for Parents
Welcome to the Parents’ Council page of Tinsley Meadows Primary School’s website.
Our Parents’ Council has been set up to actively engage parents and carers in important school developments. The Parents’ Council is made up of a group of parents who come together once every half term to discuss aspects of the school and feed in their views.
The Parents’ Council is led by Laura Chambers (Assistant Head) and Sheila Sutherland (Governor).
We always welcome new members on to the Council. If you are interested in joining please either pop in to the school office and let the reception team know or contact Laura or Sheila on the school number: 0114 244 0915
Please click on the tabs on this page to view meeting notes and dates of future meetings.
The notes of the meeting held on 8th October 2015 will be displayed here shortly.
Parents in Need of Support
What to do if you are a parent and you need more support to care for your child
Being a parent is one of the most important jobs there is – it is also one of the hardest.
Most parents want to do their best for their children but for many, living with disadvantage can severely compromise their ability. Poverty, unsuitable and insecure housing, domestic violence, lone parenthood, and being a young parent can all disrupt a parent’s ability to cope, and families under stress need extra support. Even without any of these factors present, sometimes a little help can go a long way in helping us to cope with the pressures of parenthood.
- 61 per cent of British parents describe parenting as ‘fairly’ or ‘very difficult’.
- 94 per cent of parents say it is helpful to talk to another person about parenting problems. (Barnardo’s, 2014)
If you are a parent and you think you could benefit from additional support in caring for your child you have a number of options.
First of all – please feel free to talk to someone at school. We have a wealth of knowledge about local support services and we can signpost or refer you to the right place.
You can also contact Sheffield East Multi Agency Support Team (East MAST) for more support. MAST provide advice and support for children and families on a range of issues and can help with:
New parenting skills
Helping parents to build a closer relationship with children and encourage better behaviour, including:
- Teaching new skills
- Coping with stress
- Managing problem behaviour
Being healthy and happy
Supporting families to be healthier, happier and more confident, including:
- Pregnancy support and advice about feeding new babies
- Teaching children to eat healthily
- Details about baby groups (e.g. baby massage and play sessions)
- Support at times of family crisis e.g. separation or bereavement
Help with children’s learning and behaviour
Supporting children through school which can help improve the way they behave, including:
- Supporting families when moving schools
- Helping with anger management or conflict by working with the family
Helping to improve both children’s attendance at school and their performance, including:
- Help with getting children to school
- Working with children in school to improve attendance
- Helping integrate children back into school
Helping families to find out what services are available, including:
- Understanding and completing forms
- Making appointments and attending them with family
- Signposting to other services within the city
MASTs assist with signposting, connection and delivery of a wide range of services for children aged 0-19, and to discharge statutory duties on behalf of the Local Authority on School Attendance.
Here are some useful numbers if you would like more support:
- Tinsley Meadows School Pastoral Team: Laura Hitch (0114 2440195)
- Sheffield EAST MAST (0114 2053635)
- Sheffield Social Care (0114 2037463)
Wanted - Parents of Toddlers!
Wanted: Parents of Toddlers!
Do you have a child aged between 12 and 35 months? Could you spare 10 minutes to complete an online questionnaire?
Ready, Steady, Go!
Developing the Index of Toddlers’ Life Chances
In a study entitled ‘Ready Steady Go’, researchers at the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge have just developed a new scale – the Index of Toddlers’ Life Chances (I-TLC) – to identify families who might benefit from extra support in their child’s first few years of life. This study has ethical approval from the University of Cambridge Psychology Ethics Committee.
The research team, headed by Professor Claire Hughes, needs to gather responses from 1000+ parents of 1- to 2-year-olds from all around the country. As a small thank you, all respondents will be entered into a monthly prize draw for a £50 gift voucher and we will also donate £1 per questionnaire to the NSPCC.
If you’d like to take part, please go to tiny.cc/readysteadygo to complete the questionnaire. More information (including how to get a paper questionnaire) can be found on our webpage (http://www.cfr.cam.ac.uk/involvement/ready-steady-go). Or for queries about the study, contact Naomi White: firstname.lastname@example.org,
CEOP and The Parent Zone
Here you will find useful and important information on how to help keep your child safe online.
Families and Schools Together (FAST)
Tinsley Meadows Primary School recently participated in it’s first Families and Schools Together (FAST) project. FAST is an award-winning early-intervention programme that brings parents, children, teachers and the wider community together, to make sure children get the support they need to fulfil their potential at school – and in life.
The programme consists of an eight-week cycle of activity sessions, as well as help for parents to develop learning at home and ongoing support at school and within the community.
The project was very successful and saw a number of our families coming together to chat, cook and learn new skills to help them help their children to excel.
Here are just some of the photos we captured along the way. Well done and congratulations to all of our families who graduated from the programme in December 2014. We will soon be looking for more families to take part in our next FAST project. If you are interested please drop in to the reception of either school site and we’ll be happy to give you more information on how you can get involved.