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An equal start for children in Tottenham

North Middlesex University Hospital has partnered with Haringey Council and the Bridge Renewal Trust in Haringey to work with Lea Valley Primary School in north Tottenham to support local families in lockdown.

The project, called ‘An Equal Start’, aims to support the wellbeing of families in this challenging time, including supporting a culture of learning at home. This includes the provision of equipment and wrap around community support from the voluntary sector and partners.

On a recent visit, Maria Kane, Chief Executive at North Mid and Russel King from the Bridge Renewal Trust visited the school to launch the initiative and donate laptops to enable children to access teaching from home.

Maria Kane, Chief Executive of North Middlesex University Hospital, said: “Many of the children at Lea Valley will have been born at North Mid, and have parents who work with us here. It was wonderful to meet some of them and I was so impressed with how the school leadership and staff have adapted so successfully to the challenges of providing a mixture of face to face and remote teaching.”

Maria Kokotsis, Head Teacher of Lea Valley said “We were thrilled and honoured to welcome our very special guests to launch the project and so grateful to accept the delivery of devices for some of our families. Partnerships have always been at the heart of what we do but even more so during these challenging times. On behalf of our community, thank you.”

Zina Etheridge, Chief Executive of Haringey Council said: “We know that being away from the routine and dedicated learning environment provided by our fantastic schools like Lea Valley has been really challenging for children, as well as for parents trying to juggle childcare, work, other caring responsibilities – and now teaching. Ensuring children and young people aren’t excluded from learning due to lack of access to equipment and data is so important in easing some of the pressure lockdown has brought, and preventing digital disadvantage from impacting educational outcomes. I’m really happy we’ve been able to be involved in such a positive piece of work across sectors and organisations.”

This is a joint partnership pilot project between North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and North Mid Charity, Whittington Health, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, Haringey Council and the Bridge Renewal Trust.

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