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Somersham Primary School


Primary School

Additional Support for Parents

Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme

The Holiday Activity & Food (HAF) Programme is funded through The Department for Education.

HAF enables children and young people to access enriching and fun activities, particularly those who receive free school meals. (If you think that your child may be eligible for benefit related free school meals please check and apply here: Apply for free school meals - Suffolk County Council)

The holiday activities allow children & young people to have fun with friends during the  Easter, Summer & Christmas school holiday periods.

In order to book onto these activities, guardians of eligible children will need to book spaces though directly contacting the provider via EEQU.

See below list of providers offering Free HAF Places for children in receipt of Free School Meals:

  • Kicks & Tricks - Holiday Camps

All Activities can be booked via eequ at: Suffolk HAF


Suffolk Holiday Activity & Food Places

Please find below details of parenting classes, support groups and additional information available to families. 

Online courses dedicated to improving emotional health and wellbeing in parents, children, teenagers, adults and grandparents.

Free online courses - contact the school office for the Access Code

Every month Suffolk Family Carers run 2 drop-in sessions facilitated by family advisors from the ND Team. These provide an opportunity to meet with other parent carers of neurodivergent children and young people for peer support
Meet other parent carers, discuss your experiences and sw
ap ideas...

Free online mindfulness course from Gatehouse Charity, specifically for parent carers.
The course is led by a clinical psychologist who is also a mindfulness teacher.  


Information about the course: 

The mindfulness for parents' course is for parents who; 

  • Care or are former carers of a child with additional needs. 
  • Care or are former carers for an adult family member or friend. 

The care given can be formal or informal.  We know that current or previous caregiving can deplete the people who provide it, and this course is designed to provide support to all, wherever they are in their caregiving journey. 

The course starts on 8th January, but others will be run throughout the year. 

Parents can book via our website by clicking on the apply now link on the home page here: 

As you may know, at school, we use Zones Of Regulation to help children explore their own emotional responses and find ways of managing them effectively and appropriately.

You may be interested in the information below. The apps are games for use by individuals. The games help players to recognise emotional states in themselves and others, identify their own triggers, build a personal 'toolbox' of strategies and much, much more.

Zones of Regulation APP (to purchase)

The National Sleep Helpline - 03303 530 541

This free resource can help parents and children to learn more about their sleep and develop better bedtime routines. Sleep is essential to brain function, by helping children to sleep better, we can help them to succeed in school.

At any given time up to 40% of adults and 50% of children (this rises to 80% with a SEND diagnosis) have difficulties with their sleep. Yet in a recent survey, almost 60% of adults felt there was a lack of support for sleep issues. Sleep problems can leave people feeling isolated and lonely.
Our free helpline is run by trained sleep advisors, many of whom are specialists in working with SEND. We can talk to young people directly, or parents (we can also talk to adults, including older people, about their sleep issues).

The helpline is open 5 times a week, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings 7-9pm, and Wednesday mornings 9-11am. The number is 03303 530 541.

You can read more here:


An updated Cost of Living leaflet is available online now: Cost of Living Support (

The School Nursing Team







As a reminder the School Nursing website and how to contact us can be found at 
School nursing | Suffolk County Council

Neurodevelopmental Differences

Suffolk Family Carers are offering support to family/parent/carer/child  that is related to the Neurodevelopmental condition in some way, diagnosed or undiagnosed. This can be a wide range of areas that they may be struggling with due to the ND condition/behaviours. Please see the support the services offers, workshops, drop-ins etc on the following links:

Neurodevelopmental Differences