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Feedback on SEND Local Offer

Your feedback on the Local Offer is important in a number of ways. For example: It allows us to identify problems with the site (e.g. broken links) Users can point out terminology that has not been explained properly Gaps in information can be reported Please…

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.…

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.  

What is the Local Offer?

Our vision for children and young people in Sandwell with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is that they will be able to achieve their aspiration for a healthy ordinary life through meaningful employment and fulfilling relationships within the community of their choosing.To help with…

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…

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…

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). Children can start with an approved provider the term after the child's 3rd birthday. Free childcare…

Early Years Pupil Premium

If your child is 3 or 4 years old and receiving the universal 15 hours free childcare in Sandwell, your childcare provider may be eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP). The Early Years Pupil Premium is extra funding paid to your registered childcare provider…

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

Additional funding is available for providers to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Children aged 3 and 4 years old, who are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and claiming an Early Education Funded place could be eligible to apply for the Disability Access Fund (DAF).…

Leisure and Recreation

We all need time to relax and get away from the daily routine. Maybe spend family time kicking a football in the park, swimming at the leisure centre or discovering something new in the libraries and museums. Whether you are looking for a Zumba class…