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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…

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). Free childcare is an opportunity for your child to play and learn in a quality environment…

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.  Once we are aware of information which is of interest…

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…

Family Support

Family life is different for all of us. What we have to deal with as a family and the challenges we face can sometimes make us feel we are on our own without support. There are organisations we can reach out to when we need…

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…

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…

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…

Sandwell Keeps Talking

Sandwell Keeps Talking is Sandwell’s initiative to promote Early Language and Communication Skills. In Sandwell we are working with our Early Years experts to bring together support and resources in Early Language and Communication. Find the information you need either as a parent or as…

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…