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12 to 23 months

From 12 months onwards, children start to explore and try out new things. They begin to move around the room independently and enjoy playing with toys by themselves for a short time. They are also communicating and developing their language skills. You can help your…

2-3 years

Your child will do a lot of their development at this age. They become busy little people, running, walking up stairs, using their imagination when playing and will follow simple instructions like "bath time". The time between 2-3 years old is often known as the…

3-4 years

Good communication is key to children's relationships and development. Your child is now becoming much more independent and will want to do more things by themselves, such as putting on their coat or getting in to the car. They will also want to talk and…

6-12 months

Leading health experts around the world agree the first 1001 days of a child’s development influence a child’s future more than any other time in their life. From 6 to 12 months, your baby will be developing quickly, babbling, gesturing and recognising some words. They…

Birth

Congratulations on the birth of your baby. Becoming a new parent is often exhausting but also a magical time. Your baby is ready to learn and grow with you. Take a look at some ideas you, your family and friends can do to help your…

Childminder Briefing Sessions

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 session? An information session providing everything…

Early talkers and readers

Children begin to develop the skills they need to become confident with language from a very young age. Early literacy skills include looking at books, following a story, making marks, recognising printed writing and singing or saying rhymes. Read aloud to your child from an…

Early Years Support

Sandwell Early Years information, advice and support. Find information on EYFS Framework, Ofsted regulations, DfE guidance, marketing, social media and business support. Get the latest guidance and stay up to date with changes to regulations. Check out the information and resources, statistical data and early…

Education Benefits

Many families in Sandwell could get free school meals but don't claim for them. Find out more about how to apply for free school meals, help with the cost of school uniforms and help with school travel costs. Your child may be able to get…

Education, Training and Work

Find information on how to apply for a school place in Sandwell, school term dates and support and advice for parents and carers on all aspects of education and learning. Thinking about training or looking for a job? Get more information and advice on local…