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Safety at home

Please see below for update from the Child Accident Prevention Trust

“He swallowed the ‘flat’ battery when it was being replaced with a new one. We removed it within 3-4 hours but he had a nasty burn of his oesophagus.”

– Consultant gastroenterologist

We could be forgiven for thinking that, when a product no longer works, the lithium coin cell battery that was powering it is flat and no longer poses a risk to children.  But, as we have discovered, that’s not the case at all.

The dead or ‘flat’ battery you’ve just thrown into the recycling pot in the kitchen drawer can still do significant damage if a child swallows it and it gets stuck in their food pipe.  Many accidents happen without an adult knowing and with a child too young to tell them.

In some cases, batteries haven’t been detected for weeks.  A scary prospect. Happily, the solution is very simple as long as families know there is a danger.

Will you take a moment to share this simple message with the families you work with?

We know the latest lockdown advice will impact how much you can do with and for families. That’s why we’ve put together a range of digital resources that are simple to use and share, however you may be working.

More information

Share this email with colleagues so they can benefit from the insight and resources.

Here at the Child Accident Prevention Trust, we are committed to bringing you resources and support to make preventing serious injuries one less thing to worry about.  Do keep telling us what’s most useful for your families and we’ll do our best to help.

The CAPT team

Adult Learning Services

Are you interested in undertaking any of the courses below?

East Renfrewshire

Adult Learning Services

in Partnership with West College Scotland

Getting Started in IT SCQF Level 3

Learners will gain an understanding of basic computing including word processing, saving, retrieving and editing files along with Internet searching.

Delivery: Microsoft Teams

Day: Monday

Start Date: 5th October 2020

Time: 12.30pm – 3.00pm (flexibility applies for school pick-ups etc)

Duration: 16 weeks (40 hours)

Play in Early Education and Childcare SCQF Level 4

Learners will develop a basic understanding of a variety of types of play, which contribute to the development of a child. By exploring a variety of types of play, learners will have the ability to describe a range of play experiences and identify each type of play. Once the course is complete learners will have the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the appropriateness and value of play opportunities for the learning and development of children.

Delivery: Microsoft Teams

Day: Wednesday

Start Date: 7th October 2020

Time: 9.30am – 12noon

Duration: 15 weeks (37 ½ hours)


Understanding Mental Health SCQF Level 4

This course is for those who wish to work in or are working in Health and Social Care.  Learners will be given the skills to identify and understand what is meant by the term ‘mental health’ and ‘wellbeing’ identifying a range of mental health issues and behaviours associated with this and how they are portrayed in the media. The course also looks at legislation related to mental health and identifying the role of the brain in relation to mental health and wellbeing.

Delivery: Microsoft Teams

Day: Wednesday

Start Date: 7th October 2020

Time: 12.30am – 3.00pm

Duration: 8 weeks (20 hours)

If you are interested in any of the courses, please contact:

Angela McGoldrick

Community learning & Development Worker

Adult Learning Services

211 Main St, Barrhead, G78 1SY

t 0141 577 8345


Please Note:

These courses will be delivered online, and all learners will need to have access to an IT device to take part in the classes. We’ll be using Microsoft Teams to deliver our classes, which is very simple to use – we hope to see you online virtually soon!

Activity ideas

Here are some videos of activity ideas. If there is anything else you would like us to share with you, then don’t hesitate to ask. Enjoy !!!

East Renfrewshire School Holidays

East Renfrewshire Council – Below is an updated version of school holidays for 2020-2021. For











Teachers return



Pupils return


Last day of school

Extended September Weekend

September Weekend

September Weekend


Last day of school




Last day of school



Monday 10 August 2020

Monday 10 August 2020

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Wednesday 12 August 2020


Wednesday 23 September 2020

Thursday 24 September 2020

Friday 25 September 2020

Monday 28 September 2020

Tuesday 29 September 2020


Friday 9 October 2020

Monday 19 October 2020

Tuesday 20 October 2020


Friday 18 December 2020






Last day of school


Mid Term

Mid Term



Last day of school


Tuesday 5 January 2021


Thursday 4 February 2021

Friday 5 February 2021

Monday 8 February 2021

Tuesday 9 February 2021

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Thursday 1 April 2021






Last day of school

May Day Holiday




Last day of school

May Weekend

May Weekend



Last day of school



Monday 19 April 2021


Friday 30 April 2021

Monday 3 May 2021

Tuesday 4 May 2021

Thursday 6 May 2021


Thursday 27 May 2021

Friday 28 May 2021

Monday 31 May 2021

Tuesday 1 June 2021


Friday 25 June 2021




Good Friday 2 April 2021

Easter Monday 5 April 2021


Are you entitled to grants?

Please click on the links below for more information on grants that you could be entitle to. For more information, please click on the social security link at the bottom.

Thank you



BSG School Age Payment Payment Factsheet v2


Health and Wellbeing Family Update 5

Health and Wellbeing Family Update 5
We hope you have enjoyed the great weather over the last few weeks and are spending
some time exercising outside.
It is great to hear that our pupils are engaging in remote learning – remember you can
do this at the times that best suit your own family and your own needs. This might be
about the number of devices you have in the house or when parents and carers are able
to help. Some of this learning will be about your health and wellbeing, and remember
that if you are finding any of your school work hard then you can still ask your teachers
for support. They will be there to help!
This fifth update gives more advice to families about how to stay healthy during
lockdown – mentally and physically.
Physical Health
Fitness Apps
If you fancy a change from Joe Wicks, you might like to try out one of the many
fitness apps available. This article recommends the “best fitness apps to keep in shape
during lockdown.”
Activities for Younger Children
The pack linked above, called Maypole Madness, has a brilliant list of activities for all
ages during May. For example, on page 8, there is a list of activities linked to sensory
play for young children.
Garden Activities
In the same Maypole Madness pack, on page 6, there is a list of fun garden and outdoor
activities for the whole family. Let’s hope the sun stays out!
Active Schools East Renfrewshire
Please keep checking out our Active Schools Twitter to stay up to date with
their suggestions and especially their weekly sports challenges which are posted every
Mental Health
The National Parent Forum of Scotland
This group have produced guidance for parents on supporting children’s learning this
term. This includes the key point that “the most important thing is to make sure that
your children and your family are safe and supported to cope with the challenging
Healthier Minds
Healthier Minds is East Renfrewshire’s guide to supporting the mental wellbeing of
children and young people. The ‘Talking about Covid-19’ section is being updated
regularly by Educational Psychology Service and there are links to other useful
websites. You can find more on Twitter @eastreneps
On the website, you will find a Children’s Guide to Coronavirus produced by the
Children’s Commissioner. Everything is explained in clear, plain language.
We would especially like to draw your attention to a new document which EPS have
created, It’s Normal To Feel Like This… Covid-19: A Guide For Young People. There is
a lot of information available on the different ways we may cope at the moment, but
little on how we might be feeling. This Young Person’s Guide aims to normalise these

Healthier Minds

Please click on the link below to view East Renfrewshire’s new document on Healthier Minds. There’s really useful information about your child’s health and well-being and links to the various support services available.


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