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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…

Pregnancy

Congratulations on your pregnancy. It is a very exciting time for you and your family.  Did you know that babies start to recognise their mother’s voice during pregnancy? Help your baby to communicate before they are born. There's lot's you can do. Below are some…

Family Support

Family life is full of rewards and challenges. Finding the right support at the right time is important. Family Support has a range of information and advice services for parents and carers. Search for a local or national service by clicking View All Services Search…

Sandwell SEND Updates

Latest news The information on these pages has been put together to enable parents who have a child with special needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to find the information they are looking for in one place.  There is information on a wide range of subjects and…

Children and Young Adults with Disabilities/Special Educational Needs Register

Under the 1989 Children Act, Sandwell Council has a duty to keep a Register of Children and Young Adults with Disabilities/Special Needs whose home address is in the borough of Sandwell. This is a voluntary register for children and young people, from birth to 25…

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…

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…

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…

Education after 16

All children and young people have the right to full-time education up to the age of 16 and now must attend education, attend training or be employed from 16-18. Many young people with special educational needs and disabilities benefit enormously from these last few years,…