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  1. Childcare News and Events

    Information, resources and regular news updates for childcare providers in Sandwell. This section is for providers and practitioners to use to keep up to date with developments in the childcare sector, access Sandwell Early Years training and support and follow best practice in the profession.…
  2. 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…
  3. Childcare Sufficiency Report

    Local authorities are required by legislation to secure sufficient childcare, so far as is reasonably practicable, for working parents, or for training for employment, for children aged 0-14 (or up to 18 for disabled children). The local authority must report annually to elected council members…
  4. Childminder briefing session

    What is a childminding briefing session? The information session is an opportunity to find out more about running a childminding business. You can ask questions and get an insight in to the day to day routines of a childminder. Attending the session gives you the…
  5. Childminding and Child Development

    A Childminder is one childcare option for families. Childminders look after children in a home environment. They are Ofsted registered and will look after smaller groups of children than a nursery or pre-school playgroup. They can be flexible and may also offer care evenings and…
  6. 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…
  7. Cost of living tips

    Are you struggling with the cost of living? Do you find making ends meet is getting harder to do each month?  Find out more about cutting your energy bills, family meal planning, free activities and days out and how to make your money go further.…
  8. Craft Corner

    Looking for fun activities and crafts for kids during school holidays, rainy afternoons, or times when kids are bored? Craft Corner has lots of easy to make indoor and outdoor projects for all the family.  Have fun learning new skills. Crafts don't need lots of…
  9. Criminal exploitation and gang culture

    There is a growing culture amongst young people to become involved in gangs for protection, a sense of identity, status, friendship, money and sex. Joining a gang will not give you more protection. Being in a gang makes you more vulnerable to becoming a victim of…

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