Corona Virus Update

17th March 2020                           UPDATE – Corona Virus (COVID 19)

In view of the statement made by the Prime Minister yesterday evening regarding social distancing, The Place has made the very hard decision to close all sessions with immediate effect.

We recognise that we are unable to control social distancing at The Place. Children love to play together and explore with their hands and mouths. Whilst we usually promote this exploration, we cannot control the risk of infection. Because of the nature of our work and the fact that families and children who attend our sessions are likely to also be in contact with vulnerable people in the community we believe that we should take this step. The health and safety of all children and families is our priority.

We have also received the following statement from The Health Visiting Team:
In line with guidance on social distancing and COVID-19 all well baby clinics, early days groups and Baby Lunchbox sessions and other Health Visiting led groups across Oxfordshire are closed with immediate effect. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your Health visiting team direct or see the link below for up to date information on COVID 19. Please share widely, we thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/…

We will continue to staff The Place remotely for the time being so if you need us, either contact us through Messenger on the Facebook page or Email contact@theplacefaringdon.org . Alternatively you can call Carole on 07973 678837. We plan to increase our online presence with ideas for play, home learning, advice and behaviour tips so please keep an eye on our Facebook page.

Subject to any new Government advice –

We are also happy to be able to offer 1:1 support if you are feeling anxious or isolated at this time, providing we ourselves are in good health and you are not displaying any symptoms and having to self-isolate. Parenting can be tough enough without all the added uncertainty at the moment so please do contact us if you would like to book a time to come and have a chat and a cuppa with either Carole or Lucy, we always have a listening ear for you. Alternatively, if you are having to self-isolate, we are always happy to give you a call and chat over the phone, just drop us an email and we will call you at a convenient time.

We are also pleased to be able to offer 1:1 support for Breastfeeding, either through a private consultation or telephone call with our Midwife Beth who will do her upmost to support you all at this challenging time. Please Email us if you would like to book an appointment or a call back from Beth.

If you would like access to our Clothes Library or if you are in need of any items please do get in touch and we can arrange getting items to you. We also have very limited donations of nappies and other baby products so if you are in need of any items let us know and we will do our best to source some for you.

If you have signed up to one of our upcoming Parenting, Baby Massage or First Aid courses, we will be postponing these until it is safe to run them and will be in touch in due course. Again, if you have any questions please do Email us.

Please continue to check our Facebook page for any updates or if you do not have access to Facebook and would prefer us to Email you updates then please let us know by emailing contact@theplacefaringdon.org. Please do check your junk/spam folders for any response from us.

This is a difficult time for us all and we hope that you and your families can keep safe.

We hope to see you all very soon

Carole, Lucy & Ashley.

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