Ready, Steady, Nursery

Has the time come for your little one to attend nursery already?

Help you and your child feel prepared by coming along to our stay and play sessions, full of lots of useful support!

No need to book, just turn up.

SEN Monthly Support Group

Calling all families with children/teenagers with special educational needs (SEN)…

We are excited to introduce a new monthly group, that will run on a Saturday from the Ash Green School top site hall, that is specifically for children/teenagers and families with SEN. The group is for 0-18 years. To help us plan and meet the needs of the group, booking is essential so please call 01422 243941 to book your place.

Important Information about Measles

There has been a large increase in the number of people confirmed as having measles nationally in the last few months and there has been an increase in measles cases in West Yorkshire in the last few weeks.  Measles is the most contagious of all of the diseases that are transmitted by coughing and sneezing or breathing air with infected particles.  

Many of us don’t think about measles and don’t know anyone who’s had it.  Public Health are working with partners including health services, nurseries, schools and colleges, to be ready to prevent measles spreading further when we have cases.

Two doses of the MMR vaccine gives life time protection against getting measles and passing it on.  The good news is that uptake of the vaccine is high in Calderdale with over 80% of children having had 2 doses.  However, when uptake is lower than 95% there is a risk that measles will spread and this has been seen happening in other areas of the county at the end of last year.  

It’s never too late to get the MMR vaccine.  Public Health are encouraging parents/carers to check that their child has had 2 doses, and if they haven’t, to contact their GP practice to make an appointment for the jab.  If you are unsure whether your child has had 2 doses, you can contact your GP to check.

The symptoms of measles start with a high temperature, a runny or blocked nose, sneezing, a cough, and red sore watery eyes.  You may notice white sports in the child’s mouth.  A few days after the cold-like symptoms, a rash appears.  It usually starts on the face and behind the ears before spreading to the rest of the body.  Measles can be nasty and rarely it can lead to more serious complications.

If measles is suspected, Public Health advise that parents/carers contact their GP by telephone and ask for an urgent appointment, explaining that it might be measles.  This is so they can arrange for you to visit the practice in a way that reduces the risk of passing measles to others.  It’s very unlikely to be measles if your child has had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.

It’s also important to think about the vaccination status of staff in nurseries, schools and colleges. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated, who has been exposed to a child with confirmed measles will be asked to stay away from work and isolate for 21 days.  This is because measles has a long incubation period and it can be 2 or 3 weeks between coming into contact with the virus and getting the symptoms.  People with confirmed measles are infectious 4 days before the onset of rash to 4 days afterwards.

Find out more about measles here:

Find out more about measles vaccination here: MMR Vaccination

Have you had a Positive Breastfeeding Experience?

Calderdale Public Health would like to hear your stories of breastfeeding your baby.

In Calderdale there are areas where breast-feeding rates are low. Calderdale Public Health are gathering stories from mums in these areas who have had positive breastfeeding experiences, to understand what has worked well and how to make it even better.

The insight gathered will inform Calderdale’s Infant Feeding Strategy – a plan to create more of the good stuff.

They are particularly keen to hear from mums who live in Central Halifax (Park and Town ), Ovenden, Mixenden and Illingworth areas.

* To take part in the survey, you must be currently breastfeeding your baby with any amount of breastmilk, either fully breastfeeding, expressing, exclusively pumping or combination feeding or partially breastfeeding or have been in the last 5 years.

* All feedback will be anonymised – you don’t need to give your name; we won’t say who said what.

Here’s the link to the Google Form that you can fill out

The survey should take between 10-15 mins to fill out. You have only until the 23rd February 2024 to share your feedback.

If you are unable to access the online form, you can complete the survey over the phone or arrange a conversation to provide feedback by contacting Kate from Ideas Alliance on 07469507296

Story Time with Arts and Crafts

Join us for a magical journey into the world of imagination!

Immerse your little ones in the wonders of storytelling, and watch their creativity come to life through exciting arts and crafts activities.

We have various sessions coming up across our Children’s Centres, get in touch to book your place.

Family Support Coffee Morning

Speak to one of the Family Support Team for advice and support on issues that are affecting you and your family.

This takes place at Deanfield Primary School at 8.45am – 10am on the following dates:

Thursday 18th January 2024

Thursday 1st February 2024

Thursday 29th February 2024

Booking not required

This is for parents whose children attend this school only, if you require additional support please contact 01422 251090.