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Home Learning, and Guidance for Parents

We believe very strongly in the partnership between home and school.  Children can achieve well at school when their family and friends take an interest in their school and schoolwork. Getting involved in your child’s education, even in the simplest way, shows that you care about their school life. Often, the more supported a child feels at home, the more effectively she or he will learn at school. Whatever your lifestyle, or family situation, it is never too soon (or too late) to start helping a child develop a positive attitude towards learning. 

We know it is difficult balancing, home, school and work with your little ones.  However, it is so true that even five minutes a day can help your child.  A great place is in the car whilst on a car journey.  Children seem to love asking you all those questions and telling you things.  You can use this opportunity to help them too! 

Please use the links in the side menu ->    for information about Home Learning at Shirley Juniors, and extra ideas to help with your child's learning.


Other Guidance

Please find below a leaflet for parents of girls who begin their periods before this is covered in PSHE lessons at the end of Year 5:

Period information for Parents

Extended Support for our families

We know that times can be difficult for families in different ways and at different times.   As a school we believe we want to support all our families.  We have an open door policy where you can ask to speak to your child's class teacher or any member within the school.  If we are not able to support you then there are a number of places we can sign post you to access support.  These areas of support can be:

Within our school, locally, national helplines and online 


Karen Allan is our family Support worker who works across both the Infant and the Junior School.  Karen has a vast amount of experience supporting families over her career.  If you would like to have an appointment with Karen please speak to the school office who can pass you her details.

School nursing team

They can support families by providing: 

  • The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) including your child’s school entry review and year six growth monitoring
  • Support and advice for healthy weight
  • Support for growth and development issues
  • Help if you are worried about your child's health
  • Individual care plans for children with health concerns requiring support in school
  • Support for children with complex health needs
  • Enuresis (bed wetting) advice
  • Child protection, working with young people, parents and other agencies
  • Health promotion, education and training
  • Healthy sleep routine information and advice
  • Emotional wellbeing support and help
  • Parent and young person drop-ins
  • Immunisations, including the HPV vaccination for year eight girls
  • Young person’s sexual health and contraceptive advice
  • Young person’s alcohol advice and support
  • Young person’s support to stop smoking
  • We work in Partnership with all agencies across Southampton

Each school is part of a cluster which has a public health nurse lead.  If you have any concerns about your child’s health or wellbeing you can:

  • Contact us by phone or email
  • Speak to your child's school or college
  • Come along and see us at one of our drop-in sessions – ask at your child's school or college for details
  • Request that we come and see you
  • Talk to another health professional who will put you in contact with us
  • Contact your GP

Public Health Nursing Service
Adelaide Health Centre
SO16 4XE

Tel: 0300 123 6661



Southampton City Council Parenting Support links

No Limits

No Limits is an award-winning, local, independent charity providing a unique combination of prevention, early intervention and crisis support to young people, based on a nationally evidenced model.

They provide information, advice, counselling and support through a range of services available ‘under one roof’.



Listening Ear

You might be struggling emotionally and looking for strategies to help you cope. Or maybe you just need to talk to someone who understands the extra challenges you face and who can point you in the right direction to get the support you need for your family.  

To help, the Listening Ear service offer 1-1 telephone appointments with a family support adviser for parent carers looking for a listening ear, reassurance and practical and emotional support. 


Carers in Southampton

Carers in Southampton supports parent carers to look after their own health and wellbeing. The support from the service includes:

  • Help for carers to get in touch with the support and services they need
  • An opportunity for carers to get together
  • Keeping carers informed about relevant local events
  • Letting carers know what their rights and entitlements are
  • Enabling carers to have their say
  • Offering support when concerned about changes in the life of the person they care for
  • Helping carers draw up an 'emergency plan'
  • Offering support through a dedicated telephone helpline

Contact 023 8058 2387

The Buzz Network

The Buzz Network is a group for Southampton Parents/Carers of Children and young people with a disability or additional needs.  It is funded by Southampton City Council who work closely with the Southampton Parent Carer Forum to ensure it is meeting the needs of families.

Contact Name Sam Wiseman

Contact Position Short Breaks Officer


Southampton Autism Support Service (SASS)

Welcome to the journey of Autism. We support families with their journey whether they are at the starting point or on the road. We offer 1-1 support to parent/carers with signposting to relevant agencies, advocacy at meetings for school, CAMHS, housing etc. We can support with form filling and paperwork. We also offer peer to peer matching as well as a group to meet others in similar situations. We promote to reduce isolation for families and hope to increase confidence and acceptance. 

Please contact us with any support needs or more information

Telephone:  07306 411022/‚Äč07824 995295


Link to website below:

Helplines  - Parents Helpline | Mental Health Help for Your Child - parenting with a mental health problem 

Online - Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation 

Street Sense -

We don’t use the phrase “Stranger Danger”, because the vast majority of strangers aren’t dangerous.

We teach children Street Sense instead. This approach gives them strategies to use if they feel uncomfortable or unsafe when out on their own or with friends.  They use their Clever radars to help them learn when a situation feels safe or unsafe.

Family Lives

Helpline:  0808 800 2222

Empty Nest Syndrome

Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. We know that many people play active roles in raising children, from dads and mums, grandparents, stepparents and non-resident parents. Our role is to support all of you to achieve the best relationship possible with the children that you care about, as well as supporting parenting professionals.  We recognise that the best way to support families is to provide professional, non-judgemental support and advice in a way that all members of the family can freely access. We provide this through our 24 hour helpline, extensive advice on our website, our email and live chat services, befriending services, and parenting/relationship support groups.

Action for Children

Parent Talk

Concerned about Covid-19? You’re not alone. We’ve pooled practical advice on everything from family life to homeschooling.  Down-to-earth parenting advice you can trust.  We’re on hand to support parents, when you need us. Browse our articles on the most common parenting questions from our experts.  Or talk one-to-one with a qualified parenting coach about anything that’s worrying you.  It’s all free, and no topic is too big, small, or embarrassing. 

Channel Mum

Channel Mum is the friendliest and most honest community for mums everywhere.  There is always a place for you here, because we know it takes a village to raise a child.  You can also chat to other mums and professionals in the Channel Mum Support Group.


Find your nearest Home-Start

Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children from birth to starting school.  Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need. 

Young Minds

Helpline:  0808 802 5544 

Parents' Information Service gives advice to parents or carers who may be concerned about the mental health or emotional well being of a child or young person.

One Plus One

One Plus One is an online relationships resource offering information and support through an interactive website Clickand online courses such as See it differently designed to help couples see the impact of their arguments on children and learn how to do it differently, and Getting it right for children to help separated parents communicate without distressing their children.

Mums Meet Up

Mums Meet Up connects mums locally and across the UK. It provides a quick and simple solution for mums to find others in their area, in the same boat, and to go on the journey of being a mum together - creating proper real life friendships for them and their children. Within just a few clicks mums are able to search their county and locality to find mums similar by age, age of child and circumstances (such as mums to be, working mums, single parent mums & more). Additionally, mums of children with disabilities are able to search by similar conditions, as well as location.

Dads House

Dads House aim is to make sure children remain the priority after divorce, separation or bereavement. There are many ways in which we help dads and families, including offering emotional support, combating loneliness and isolation by being available to chat with Dads on the phone or in-person at our drop-in centre, breakfast clubs, law clinics, food banks and accommodation/housing. Our goal is to have drop-in centres around the UK run by Dads.

Single Parent Helpline:  0808 802 0925

One Parent Families/Gingerbread is the leading national charity working to help lone parents and their children.

Families Need Fathers

Helpline: 0300 0300 363

Help with shared parenting issues arising from relationship breakdown whether you’re the mum or dad, married or unmar­ried.

Grandparents Plus

Call:  0300 123 7015

Grandparents Plus is the only national charity (England and Wales) dedicated to supporting kinship carers - grandparents and other relatives raising children who aren't able to live with their parents.

New Family Social

Helpline:  020 3880 2683

New Family Social promotes the care and upbringing of children by LGBT adopters and foster carers by allowing these families to socialise and share support in a safe environment. It helps to create a wide pool of adopters and foster carers by raising awareness and encouraging and supporting prospective adopters and carers, and by promoting their utilisation and fair treatment. It also works to advance public awareness and acceptance of these families in the interest of the growing number of children being cared for by them.

Pink Parents

Pink Parents offer a range of support services and social activities for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual families, whether you are considering parenting, have grandchildren, are fostering or adopting or are an Uncle or Aunty, Pink Parents can offer you support and a place to meet new friends.

NHS Live Well

LGBT Paths to parenthood

If you're a gay man or a lesbian, it doesn't mean you have to go through life without having a family of your own. The options available to potential gay and lesbian parents are wider now than ever before.

Being a Step Parent

Being A Step Parent contains over 90 articles written by experts who continually update and add new content.