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Childcare and Early Learning

High quality childcare can give your child a better start in life. It can also give you the freedom to return to work or education or simply to take a break from your everyday routine, safe in the knowledge that your child is in good…

Childcare Brokerage Service

Finding the right childcare for your family is really important. Understanding what different childcare options are available, how much they charge, what their Ofsted report means, these things may feel a bit daunting, especially if you are a new parent. Sandwell Family Information Service Brokerage…

Childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Children who have disabilities and their families are entitled to good quality, affordable, flexible childcare, just like any other child or family.  Choosing the right childcare can be a difficult decision for every parent, particularly if your child has a special educational need or disability (SEND).…

Childcare provided by relatives

Childcare provided by a relative of the child, in the child's own home does not class as qualifying childcare. This includes relatives by blood, half blood, marriage or civil partnership who are registered or approved childcare providers. For these purposes a relative means a: parent…

Childminder Briefing Sessions

Thinking about becoming a registered Childminder? Childminding is a rewarding career, and provides opportunities for developing new skills and qualifications. Booking on to Sandwell Early Years and Childcare Childminder Briefing Session is the first step towards becoming an Ofsted Registered Childminder. What is a Childminding briefing…

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

Finding good quality childcare can be a difficult task for parents. There are lots of things to look out for and to remember to ask when you visit a childcare setting. How do you know if your child will be happy? Will they cater for…

Financial support for families

Find out what financial support and benefits may be available to families from pregnancy to school age. As a family, you may be entitled to benefits or financial support, depending on your circumstances and the age of your child or children. Get information on employment…

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 are entitled 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 this from the term after their third birthday. Free childcare is…