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School closures have become common over the last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and this may have caused lots of extra stress and worry for parents. Now with schools back open, your child may still have to self isolate on occasion. It is important to remember that your child's school is still there to help and support you and your family.

If your child is not attending school

  • School will make sure that your child receives their free school lunches in the form of a weekly food parcel. Some schools may also provide supermarket vouchers, or a mixture of supermarket vouchers and a parcel.

If your child is attending school

  • School will make sure your child is still receiving their school meal.

If your child is attending school part time, schools should offer a meal in school on the days the child is attending and a food parcel or voucher on the days the child stays at home.


The Big Norfolk Holiday Fun Programme provides holiday activities for children and young people aged 5-16 in Norfolk. If your child is 4 years old but they are in school, they can take part. It helps your child move lots, eat well and have fun.

Booking for this years summer programme is now open and the scheme will run from 25th July to 2nd Sept. All children are welcome to take part. There are a mix of paid for and free spaces.

Children who are eligible for means-tested free school meals can claim free spaces on the activities, whilst paid spots are available on many activities for those who don’t.


Who can Help?

If you or someone you know is facing hardship and needs support now, they can access support from the  Norfolk Assistance Scheme or by calling 01603 223392 (Option 5). They can help provide food, clothes and other essential household items to families in need. 

You can also contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below. 

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