Summer Break 2020

[Please note updates to picnic times in red following feedback.]

This page has been created following parent forums to consider ways we can support each other during the Summer break. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.

Parents acknowledged that this year we may find the holiday period more challenging. They encouraged everyone to prepare for this by linking up with other families, sharing childcare, arranging playdates etc.

Staying in Touch

Parents recognised that staying in touch with each other is key. They recommended several different strategies:

  • Joining our PTA Heathbrook Mummies and Daddies Facebook page by emailing HeathbrookPTA@gmail.com
  • Be part of a year cohort’s WhatsApp group (email PTA to join)
  • Keep looking at this webpage for any updates.

PTA Picnics

A number of families enjoyed picnics in the first week of the holidays, including several with children starting in Reception! Initial feedback has been that 10am to 3pm is too early… so from now on we are encouraging people to come from 12 noon to 3pm.

Following the success of the part-time return to school, parents and carers requested further opportunities for children to reconnect. They also wanted a routine through the six week holiday.

As a result, picnics will take place in Heathbrook Park on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm; Tuesday 21st July, Friday 24th July, Tuesday 28th July, Friday 31st July, Tuesday 4th August and Friday 7th August (initially for the first three weeks and then this will be reviewed before sharing further dates here). Please note:

  • You can turn up at any time between 10 12 noon and 3 4pm
  • Bring your own food and drink
  • Bring your own rugs and games
  • Families of children starting Nursery and Reception in September are being encouraged to take part
  • Remember to respect everyone by following the government’s latest social distancing guidance
  • Please encourage others to join us!

Other Events and Activities

Ben Roberts wrote to all families on Tuesday 30th June about schools being closed and Lambeth’s intended holiday activities.

Lambeth Summer Activities
[Please note there is a higher demand this year – with more families and young people looking for provision – but lower supply, as the limitations of groups and venues means all provisions have lower capacity this year.] Find details on the young people’s guide to summer activities 2020 website. Lambeth hope to continue to add to this directory throughout the next month as organisations confirm their details.

Summer Reading Challenge
To support learning during the holiday period, we are once again encouraging children to take part in the public libraries’ summer reading challenge. This year you will need to register online and there is a YouTube video explaining how.


Useful Advice Services

Centre 70 useful contacts is a comprehensive list of over 80 free and affordable support services for adults who are facing social, mental, financial or other personal difficulties.

You may also want to use the Brixton Advice Centre.

If you are worried about a child you can report your concern to the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Partnership or the NSPCC.

Childline offers confidential support to children including: help with moods and strategies for calming anxiety, advice on cyber bullying, 1-2-1 counselling.