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Barming Pre-School and Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Barming Pre-School and Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Term 6 - Monday 3rd June to Friday 19 July! Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July are INSET days and we are closed to children.
Welcome to Barming Pre-School and Primary School
We are a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 2 to 11 years old. There are currently 416 children on roll.
A Message from the Headteacher
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Support for Single Parent Families

Single Parent Families

The information below comes from the following website:  

Advice for single parents

If you're bringing up a child on your own, do not be afraid to ask for help from friends and family. You may also find that other single parents are a good source of support.


Finding support as a lone parent

You could:


  • accept help from relatives and friends willing to lend a hand for time out, babysitting and school runs
  • suggest a "swap" arrangement with another parent, so you take it in turns to look after each other's children
  • suggest a regular evening's babysitting by a trusted relative or friend
  • ask friends and relatives if they'd be happy to have your child stay overnight sometimes


If you do not know people locally, ask your health visitor what local groups are available in your area or contact Gingerbread, a charity for single parent families that can put you in touch with other parents in a similar situation and give you much needed support.

Co-parenting when you live apart

If you'd hoped to bring up your child as a couple, you may be feeling angry and hurt.


But as a lone parent, it's important to hide those feelings from your child and let them build their own relationship with their other parent.


It's usually better for children to see both parents regularly, even if you start new relationships.   Of course this does not apply if your ex-partner is violent or abusive towards you or your child.


At first, you may find your child behaves badly when they come home after a visit.   Playing up is one way they may let you know they're upset or confused about the situation.


Unless you think something bad may be happening on access visits, the best way to deal with this is to be reassuring and calm.   In the end, your child will learn to look forward to visits and coming home.


You'll almost certainly need to talk about your own feelings.   Try to find another adult to talk to.


Gingerbread has more advice on making arrangements for your children.

Benefits and child maintenance for single parents

Gingerbread offers free information packs for lone parents.   They can also give you independent advice about benefits, housing and child maintenance problems.


If you cannot reach an agreement with the other parent about child maintenance arrangements, the government runs a statutory Child Maintenance Service that can arrange child maintenance on your behalf.


The Child Maintenance Service can collect maintenance payments from the paying parent and pass them on to the receiving parent.


It can also help you find the other parent if you do not know where they live, and help sort out any disagreements about parentage.


If you want to use the Child Maintenance Service, you'll need to contact them first.   You can call them on 0800 988 0988.

  • Barming Pre-School and Primary School,
  • Belmont Close, Barming,
  • Maidstone, Kent,
  • ME16 9DY
  • 01622 726472