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Thinking about becoming a childminder?

As a registered Childminder you will look after one or more children under the age of 8 for more than a total of two hours a day, in your own home, for payment. Childminders may care for a maximum of six children under the age…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

On this page you will find the most commonly asked questions about childcare and family information.  If you can't find the answer to your question in the FAQs or by using 'Search' contact the Family Information Service and we'll respond within 5 working days. Contact Us…

Asylum, Refugees and Resettlement Scheme

Information, advice and support to help newly arrived families settle and feel welcomed in Sandwell. Newly arrived families, asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants should feel safe, respected and understood.  Families need support with accommodation, education, childcare, family support, health, benefits and employment. There is lots…

Diagnosis

Coming to terms with a diagnosis of a disability or additional need can be very difficult and can often take a long time. For many parents the most stressful time is when you first receive the diagnosis or are going through the assessment process. Find…

Getting Around (inc. Holidays)

There are various schemes in Sandwell and nationally that can help you and your child with any mobility difficulties that you may have.  Parking Car parking spaces and disabled parking spaces in Sandwell Blue badge parking scheme - allows you to use parking concessions to enable you to park closer…

Social Care, Short Breaks & Childcare

Some disabled children and their parents will need practical support both inside the home and outside it. Local authorities have a legal responsibility to help families with disabled children.  Social care is a term that generally describes all forms of personal care and other practical…

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…

Holiday Activities and Food

Sandwell Council support for children entitled to free school meals during school holidays. Holiday clubs taking part in the Holiday Activities and Food programme will provide a healthy meal and a range of play activities for school aged children during Easter, Summer, October Half Term and Christmas…

Help paying for your childcare

You can get help with paying for childcare if it's provided by an Ofsted Registered provider. To find out what options are available to you the best place to start is Childcare Choices  Use the Childcare Calculator to work out what help you can get with…

Holiday Childcare

Finding suitable, affordable childcare during school holidays can be a challenge. Many  playschemes and childminders are open, and there are usually lots of activities to keep the kids busy. Choosing the right option for your family can take time. It may be that you have…