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Childcare and Early Learning

Childcare providers can now open but this does depend on government advice and arrangements at individual childcare providers.

Sandwell Childcare providers are following guidance from the Department for Education and Sandwell Council. Plans are being made to reduce the risk of infection in childcare settings as much as possible.  Risk assessments are being carried out.

Arrangements will vary, as what is needed in one setting may well be very different in another.   Classes will potentially be very different, as measures will need to be put in place to help keep children and staff as safe as possible.

Latest government guidance for parents and carers is available here:

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term

Home Learning Resources

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Childcare providers have been asked to keep their information on this website up to date. However, we cannot guarantee this so please contact providers for their most up to date information.

Useful advice and information

Choosing Childcare

Choosing childcare is an important decision for you and your family. There are many different types of childcare settings and entrusting a stranger with your child is a big step.  It can be particularly challenging if your child has a disability or special educational need. More…

Childcare for children with special educational needs and/or disability

Children who have disabilities and their families are entitled to good quality, affordable, flexible childcare, just like any other child or family.  Find here lots of information to help you find and decide on the childcare that suits you and your child/children's needs, what childcare providers should More…

Free Childcare for 2 year olds

Free childcare is available for eligible 2 year olds, for 15 hours a week during term time. Your child will have the chance to have fun, play, learn socialise and make new friends. If your child is eligible, they can take up a place at More…

Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds - 15 hours (Universal Entitlement)

All 3 and 4 year old children can access up to a maximum of 570 hours of free childcare a year (15 hours a week for 38 weeks a year). Your child can normally access their free childcare from the term after their third birthday. More…

Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds - 30 hours (Extended Entitlement)

3 and 4 year old children whose parents are working may be entitled to an extra 15 hours a week of flexible free childcare entitling them to 30 hours a week for at least 38 weeks a year (1140 hours a year). Some providers will More…

Holiday Childcare

School Holidays Arranging childcare through the school holidays can be a challenge. The good news is that many activities, schemes and childminders  do open during school holidays. The change to the usual routine throws up all sorts of difficulties we don’t have to think about More…

Paying for childcare and help with childcare costs

The cost of childcare can eat up a large chunk of the family budget. Fortunately, there’s plenty of help available from the government and employers - from tax credits and tax-free childcare to free childcare. The following information provides sources of help with childcare costs. More…

Children's Centres

All you need to know about the Children Centres in Sandwell. Children's centres are the delivery mechanism for the Family Offer in Sandwell.  The aim of the service is to deliver better outcomes for children and their families. They are based on a commitment to More…

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