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Holiday Childcare

Finding suitable, affordable childcare during school holidays can be a challenge. Many  playschemes and childminders are open, and there are usually lots of activities to keep the kids busy. Choosing the right option for your family can take time. It may be that you have…

Early Years and Childcare

It is important that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families have access to services as early as possible. At the Early Years stage identification is usually through a health agency (e.g. health visitor or paediatrician). Once identified, and with the…

Working in childcare

Working in childcare can be a hugely rewarding career. Whether you are thinking about what to do after leaving school, are already working with children or looking for a change of career you can now gain a recognised qualification in a way that suits you. There are…

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…

Thinking about becoming a childminder?

As a registered Childminder you will look after one or more children under the age of 8 for more than a total of two hours a day, in your own home, for payment. You will work to various legal requirements, and be inspected by Ofsted to…

Provider News

Information, resources and regular news updates for childcare providers in Sandwell

Health

Healthy living is for everyone. We can all make small changes that will improve our physical and mental health and can reduce the risk of long-term health conditions by making healthier choices. The Change4Life website provides a wide range of advice and aims to ensure…

Help paying for your childcare

You can get help with paying for childcare if it's provided by an Ofsted Registered provider. To find out what options are available to you the best place to start is Childcare Choices  Use the Childcare Calculator to work out what help you can get with…

Asylum, Refugees and Resettlement Scheme

Information, advice and support to help newly arrived families settle and feel welcomed in Sandwell. Newly arrived families, asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants should feel safe, respected and understood.  Families need support with accommodation, education, childcare, family support, health, benefits and employment. There is lots…

Parenting guide to fussy eating

Mealtimes are often a time when children learn that they can gain some control over their parents. Parents may become concerned that their child is not eating enough and frustrated when their child refuses food and/or demand alternative meals. Most children go through a phase…