Highfield Primary School has its own Library which is full of a variety of exciting and educational books for children of Nursery age all the way up to Year 6. We have books for children who speak other languages and also books tailored for children with special educational needs. Our school Librarian is Mrs Oskis.
Parent and Carer information compiled by Enfield Libraries and Museum Service
Enfield Library service: Free local information
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All our publications and many of our leaflets are available to download free of charge! If you visit the council website www.enfield.gov.uk/library
Enfield Library Service
Joining the Library
Enfield Libraries and Museum Service has 16 libraries and each provides a section for children. There are books for children from 0-11 including books for babies and toddlers through every stage of child development and learning. CDs and DVDs are also loaned for a small charge.
Most libraries provide a range of activities for older children in the holidays and after school. All libraries provide facilities to assist children with their homework and some have dedicated Homework Centres with additional resources. Library membership is free and children can join easily without parents/carers signing the application, and no proofs are required. Children can borrow materials immediately.
For children with special needs we have a range of resources, many of which can be reserved and borrowed from any library: such as talking books (stories on CD). Clearvision Braille books, large print (16 point font) books, Bag Books for extra-sensory storytelling, Imagination Board Games to assist with literacy and numeracy skills, and Barrington Stoke books suitable for the reluctant reader and those with learning difficulties. Ask at any of our libraries for more information.
It is free to use libraries and almost all activities operate on a drop-in basis.
Libraries have access to information about services for parents in Enfield and they have a wide range of Local Information sheets and leaflets: These are all free to download 24/7 from the comfort of your own home and available from all Enfield Libraries.
24 hour Virtual Library and homework help
If you have an Enfield Library card you and your family can use our free Online resources. We have something for all the family from homework help (Britannica Encyclopaedias) to learning to drive (Driving Theory Test) and Citizenship Tests.
Learn my Way: Help with learning how to use computers and IT
15 Libraries in Enfield are UKonline Centres, this means adults can have a free introductory session in learning how to use computer using the Learn My Way Programme. It’s a self tuition programme that gives you the confidence to improve your IT skills and reap the rewards such as savings and special offer on the Internet. For More Information click here. Website: http://www.learnmyway.com
Library Activities for Children and Young Adults 5 –19
The library service in Enfield provides a wide range of activities and events for children and young people.
The aim of the challenge is to get children to read six books from their library during the summer holiday and earn prizes along the way. The challenge takes place during the months of July and August. Contact your local library for more information.
Open to pupils aged 8 years and over who want a quiet place to study. Here they can research homework topics, complete and type up course work, and revise for SATS or GCSE examinations with the help of trained Homework Assistants. Homework centres operate in Ponders End, Edmonton, Fore Street, Ordnance Road and John Jackson libraries. For more information contact your local library
Your local library has listings of local tutors; these are also available to download from the council website.
Useful Links about books
Find authors and books that are suitable for your child’s age group. The following links may help you.
This site offers booklists for parents
ReadingZone provides recommendations, information on authors and news generally about children’s books.
Booktrust offers book recommendations and author information.
Internet and Online Safety
UK Safer Internet Safety www.saferinternet.org.uk
The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. It has three main functions: an Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline. Parents can used website to find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
Get Safe Online www.getsafeonline.org
Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. The website provides practical advice and information for parents on how to protect themselves and their children. It cover topics like social networking, cyber stalking, online gaming and general internet searching and a whole lot more.
Think u know www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Think u know was set up by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre so parents could find the latest information Internet safety and staying safe online. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. Most importantly, there’s is a place which anyone can use to report anything they feel uncomfortable or worried about. Has information for variety of age ranges covering ages 5-7, 8-10 &11-16 as well section for parents and teacher. There something on the think u know website for everyone.
Childnet’s work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a safe place for children. Childnet’s work directly with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 18 on a finding out about their real experiences online, and the positive things they are doing as well as sharing safety advice. If the internet is used properly Childnet is a positive tool for children and young people as it promote the positive opportunities, as well as responding to the risks and equipping children and young people to deal with them. Resources and guides on issues such as cyber-bullying; parental advice; mobile chat and interactive services; social networking and information security.
Internet Watch Foundation http://www.iwf.org.uk/
The Internet watch foundation was set up by internet industry for for the public and IT professionals to reporting criminal online content. Reports are confidential and can be made anonymously.
This site provides information and resources for home educating families and those considering home education for the first time, including guidance on home education and the law, SEN and disabilities; downloadable fact sheets covering many aspects of HE; and links to local HE groups across the UK.
A government site which provides Information and support for parents on how to help with their child’s learning, including advice on choosing a school and finding childcare.
The BBC site has a variety of resources on this site which can help you decide how you can best care for your child in their learning and development.
A national service offering help, support and information on different aspects of being a parent no matter how big or small. It has a confidential 24-hour phone line. 0808 800 2222
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech impairment, there is a free textphone 0800 783 6783
A National service offering help and advice to families stuggling with debt
Website: Are you worried about a child contact NSPCC – Call 0808 800 5000http://www.nspcc.org.uk/