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

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to a maximum of 570 hours of free childcare a year (15 hours a week for 38 weeks a year). Children can start with an approved provider the term after the child's 3rd birthday. Free childcare…

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

Working parents with 3 and 4 year old children may be entitled to an extra 15 hours a week of flexible free childcare giving them 30 hours childcare a week for at least 38 weeks a year (1140 hours a year).  Free childcare is an…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

On this page you will find the most commonly asked questions about childcare and family information.  If you can't find the answer to your question in the FAQs or by using 'Search' contact the Family Information Service and we'll respond within 5 working days. Contact Us…

Getting Around (inc. Holidays)

There are various schemes in Sandwell and nationally that can help you and your child with any mobility difficulties that you may have.  Parking Car parking spaces and disabled parking spaces in Sandwell Blue badge parking scheme - allows you to use parking concessions to enable you to park closer…

Going to school in Sandwell

Your child's journey through school and college should be rewarding and successful. As parents and carers it's sometimes hard to know where to find all the information and resources you need. Having lots of information in one place makes it easier to find out about school…

Going to university

Higher education is an opportunity to study a subject to a higher level, such as a bachelor's degree or foundation degree. If you are a student with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) you are not covered by the same law that covers colleges but…

Health

Healthy living is for everyone. We can all make small changes that will improve our physical and mental health and can reduce the risk of long-term health conditions by making healthier choices. The Change4Life website provides a wide range of advice and aims to ensure…

Health and Wellbeing

Looking after your own health and the health of your family is an important part of everyday life. Feeling good and functioning well both physically and mentally means you and your family can make the most of opportunities and enjoy life to the full. Eating…

Help paying for your childcare

You can get help with paying for childcare if it's provided by an Ofsted Registered provider. To find out what options are available to you the best place to start is Childcare Choices  Use the Childcare Calculator to work out what help you can get with…

Help with your household bills

Dealing with household bills can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. Am I on the best tarrif? Can I afford to pay this month's bills? What can I do if I can't pay my bills? Who can I turn to for help? There are lots of…