Cove Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and expects all staff, volunteers and other people encountering our children to share this commitment. We provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We follow Government guidelines on safeguarding children and as such, have all required policies in place including Child Protection – these can be found on the policies page of our website.

All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and Governors) must ensure that they are aware of Safeguarding procedures at Cove Infant School. We will ensure that ‘Safer Recruitment’ is followed at all times when employing a member of staff / recruiting a volunteer or Governor.

Sometimes, there may be a need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a pupils’ welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about a pupil are discussed with his / her parents / carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the pupils’ welfare.

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child at this school, please record your concern and any observation or conversation heard and report to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads as soon as possible on the day.

If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff which could suggest s/he is unsuitable to work with children, then you should report this to the Headteacher, Mrs N. Vass (Or the Chair Of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Mrs N. Vass – Headteacher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:

Mrs R. Webb – Class Teacher

Mrs Z. Reynecke-Andrea – Learning Support Assistant

Chair of Governors:

Mrs S. Doughty – c/o the school office

Safeguarding Governor:

Mrs S. Doughty – c/o the school office




At Cove Infant School we care passionately about the happiness and safety of our children.

If you or a family member is struggling, please reach out for help.

Please talk to someone, these are unprecedented times and we all need to work together to help each other through.



Lockdown can be an overwhelming time for adults and children alike.

As a result, we need to safeguard our mental health during this time.

Below is a selection of advice and tips to help:

The NSPCC have put together a series of articles and advice:

Depression, anxiety and mental health

Young mind have created a blog:

Looking after your mental health while self-isolating

Young minds can help you find support by following the link:

Helplines and services available

Find freedom

When you’re not able to see friends or go out you can feel trapped. It’s can help to notice the freedom you do have, even if it’s much smaller than you’re used to.

It might be that you can choose to go to a different room, look out of the window, connect with friends online or set up a video call with relatives.

Think of someone else who has less freedom than you and call or message them so they feel less alone.

Calming words

Breathe in while you say to yourself “I feel calm”

Breath out while you say to yourself “I let go of stress”

Breath in while you say to yourself “Feel calm”

Breathe out and say to yourself “Let go of stress”

Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm, produced by the Government, can be found here;

Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm

ChildLine have created information aimed at young children to help explain Covid-19.They have produced some online and offline games to help children cope with the pressure.

Here are a few of them, please follow the link to find more useful ways to help children and adults stay calm.

Stress sock

Fill an old sock with something soft.

You could use bubble wrap, foam packaging, a washing up or shower sponge, rolled up socks or scrunched up wrapping paper.

Tie a knot in the top of the sock or use a hair bobble or elastic band to keep the contents in.

In a rhythm, squeeze and release the sock whilst your stress disappears.

The question

Pause and notice what you are saying, doing or thinking.

Write it down.

Ask yourself if that thought or activity is helping you or not right now.

If it’s not helping, choose to think or do something different.

You could try getting out of bed and doing 10 star jumps, thinking about a happy memory instead of a sad one or chatting to a friend online instead of feeling alone