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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…

Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is a Government scheme to help with the cost of childcare. Parents can open an online childcare account which you can pay into to cover the cost of childcare with a registered provider and the government will add to the account. Apply For Tax-Free…

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…

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).…

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…

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…

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 and Child Development

There are many childcare options available, some may even be free if you are eligible From childminders to day nurseries, breakfast clubs to preschool playgroups, your child can benefit from childcare, including school readiness. See below to uncover some of the key benefits of childcare…

Working with Children

Do you want to build a career working with children? Are you interested in working in early years childcare, education, playwork or becoming a childminder? If the answer is yes Sandwell Early Years and Childcare Team are here to help. Whether you are thinking about…