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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…

Money, Welfare and Benefits

Worried about paying the bills and feeding your family? Find out what benefits you could be entitled to, what you can do about gas and electric bills, rent arrears, paying for school meals and travel, paying loans and credit card debt. Talk to a service…

Going to school in Sandwell

Your child's journey through school and college should be rewarding and successful. As parents and carers it's sometimes hard to know where to find all the information and resources you need. Having lots of information in one place makes it easier to find out about school…

School Term Dates

School Term dates and holidays Some academies and voluntary aided church schools may not follow this schedule. You are advised to check with these schools directly. We strongly recommend that you check exact dates with your school - especially before you book a holiday. School Term Dates…

School Closures

From time to time schools may have no other option but to close, if heating breaks down, bad weather or public health emergency. School closure updates will be posted on the Sandwell Facebook page as soon as they are announced. Sandwell Council also tweet about Sandwell school…

Education Benefits

Many families in Sandwell could get free school meals but don't claim for them. Find out more about how to apply for free school meals, help with the cost of school uniforms and help with school travel costs. Your child may be able to get…

Training and Work

Looking for a job or a qualification? The right skills and the right qualifications will give you the best chance of getting your dream job. There is lots of advice and support available to help you find the right employment or training. Find all the…

3-4 years

Good communication is key to children's relationships and development. Your child is now becoming much more independent and will want to do more things by themselves, such as putting on their coat or getting in to the car. They will also want to talk and…

2-3 years

Your child will do a lot of their development at this age. They become busy little people, running, walking up stairs, using their imagination when playing and will follow simple instructions like "bath time". The time between 2-3 years old is often known as the…

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…