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Welcome to Halfway's Parent Zone

The Parent Zone is an online resource to provide parents and their families with helpful information.

Here you will find a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents and their families, as well as information about events and visitors to Halfway Houses School.


Our Parent Christmas coffee afternoon will be

Thursday 14th December 2017


A chance to chill and chat with a cuppa and a mince pie.

I look forward to seeing you there - Mrs D Spocchia.

MIDAS Parent and Carer Workshops

We are pleased to be able to announce the dates for this years exciting range of parent and carer support courses.


Thursday 23rd November 2017 - Sleep Easy

@ Halfway Houses ME12 3AP



9:30am - 11:30am

@ The MIDAS centre ME10 4NL

Sleep problems can be a persistent and severe problem for children and young people with learning disabilities. Improved sleep can lead to reduced stress within the family and improved educational outcomes for the young person.

In this workshop will  be:

Introduced participants to a range of sleep problems in children and young people with additional support needs.

Identify possible causes of sleep difficulties.

Consider behavioural interventions to improve them.

Provide an opportunity to share ideas with parents and carers facing similar challenges.

This workshop is free to attend.

Refreshments are provided.


Friday 1st December 2017 - Introduction to ASD


Friday 19th January 2018 - Social Communication Difficulties and using and making visual resources.


Thursday 19th April 2018 - Supporting and developing emotional regulation.


Thursday 21st June 2018 - Makaton.


Thursday 12th July 2018 - Siblings and Friendship.


These sessions will run on the dates above at:

9:30am - 11:30am at the MIDAS centre Meadowfield School, Swanstree Avenue, Kent, ME10 4NL


12:30pm - 2:30pm at Halfway Houses Primary School, Danley Road Sheerness, Kent, ME12 3AP


The content of the sessions will be the same at both locations; parents should choose the location or time that is most convenient for them.

This programme is free to attend and refreshments will be provided.


To request a place or request further information please email: or telephone MIDAS Centre on 01795 477788 option 5.


Car Seat Safety

Hi all,

I am giving you a new link for car seat safety.

I am arranging for them to come into one of our coffee mornings. 

Hope you find this useful.

Fire Safety

We had the fire brigade give a talk to parents in July, some of the things discussed were-

Think ahead: Make an escape plan

What to do -How to get out-If you can't get out

Smoke Alarms


Electrical goods

Candles and tea lights

Home Safety Website


Get Out, Stay Out and call 999


Free Digital Parenting Magazine

Today, families use a whole range of different devices that allow us to get online almost anywhere, at any time, and communicate with almost anyone using social media.

Click on the Digital Parenting  picture above to either read online or download the magazine to share knowledge with your family as you explore the digital world together.


If you wish to make some changes to your life ask an NHS Health Trainer.

They can give you free advice and support to get you on your way to a healthier life.

Call free on 0300 123 1220

or visit



Grandparents Plus

Are you bringing up a relative's child?

Call the Family and Friends Advice Line on 0300 123 7015

or visit their website

or email:



Sheppey College

Sheppey College visited our coffee morning explaining about courses on offer and about the facilities available at the college.

Sheppey College website

Useful Websites

Mrs Debbie Spocchia

Pastoral worker