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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…

Short breaks for parents and carers of disabled children

Sandwell Short Breaks Offer is a list of specially commissioned short breaks for children and young people with a disability or SEN. If you have a social worker from the Children with Disabilities team, talk to them about short breaks. Short Breaks eligibility for more information…

Health

Healthy living is for everyone. We can all make small changes that will improve our physical and mental health and can reduce the risk of long-term health conditions by making healthier choices. The Change4Life website provides a wide range of advice and aims to ensure…

Early Help and Care

Some families of children and young people with SEND will require additional help and support and may need help with accessing community activities whether these are universal or specialist. What is important is that this help is effective and that it can be accessed early…

Preparing for adulthood

Preparing for adulthood means moving on from being a child to becoming an adult. The principles and processes of effective preparation for adulthood Early planning at the point which is right for the young person, but as early as possible between the ages 0-25. Holistic…

Provider News

Information, resources and regular news updates for childcare providers in Sandwell.