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For children, young people and families with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

The Care Act 2014

This advice and guidance is concerned with the Care Act 2014 and how if affects you.

Family Support

Family life is different for all of us. What we have to deal with as a family and the challenges we face can sometimes make us feel we are on our own without support. There are organisations we can reach out to when we need…

School Term Dates

School Term dates and holidays Some academies and voluntary aided church schools may not follow this schedule. You are advised to check with these schools directly. We strongly recommend that you check exact dates with your school - especially before you book a holiday. School Term Dates…

School Closures

Sandwell School Closures Find out about school closures during bad weather School closure updates will be posted on the Sandwell Facebook page as soon as they are announced. Sandwell Council also tweet about Sandwell school closures on Sandwell Council Twitter account. Follow @sandwellcouncil for the latest updates. School Closures…

Education Benefits

Education Benefits Get information about Free School Meals entitlement, help with the cost of school uniforms and help with school travel costs. Many families in Sandwell could get free school meals but don't claim for them. Your child may be entitled to free school meals…

Training and Work

Looking for a job or a qualification? The right skills and the right qualifications will give you the best chance of getting your dream job. There is lots of advice and support available to help you find the right employment or training. Find all the…

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…

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…

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…