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Apply for 30 hours Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

Apply here You will now see an explanation of the application process. Below this paragraph you should see a green button that says “Start Now” You will be asked to sign in or set up a Government Gateway Account if you don't already have one. You will…

Apply for a 2 year old free childcare place

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…

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…

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…

Childminders that offer Out of School Care

Registered Childminders are self-employed childcare professionals who work in their own homes caring for smaller numbers of children. Not only do Childminders offer full time and part time care they also offer before and after school care and school holiday care. Childminders can drop off…

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.…

Covid-19 Information and resources for families

Sandwell Family Information Service is here to assist and support families throughout the pandemic. We have put together useful information and resources including the latest local Coronavirus information, Government guidance and advice from Public Health England. This information will be regularly updated. Childcare advice and…

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…

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.…

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…