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Working in childcare

Working in childcare can be a hugely rewarding career. Whether you are thinking about what to do after leaving school, are already working with children or looking for a change of career you can now gain a recognised qualification in a way that suits you. There are…

Running a childcare business

Find out more about managing a childcare business including marketing, paperwork and buying and choosing equipment. There are many different childcare businesses including day nurseries, pre-school playgroups and wraparound out of school provision. You may wish to start your own business but don't know where…

Libraries

Libraries are places where children discover, imagine and go on magical journeys. There are lots of children's activities run by your local library, storytelling, crafts, science, magic shows, dressing up. Library staff are always on hand to give advice on books to read, help with…

Family Support

Family life is full of rewards and challenges. Finding the right support at the right time is important. Family Support has a range of information and advice services for parents and carers. Search for a local or national service by clicking View All Services  …

Young People

Growing up can be an exciting but difficult time for both young people and parents.  Teenagers have to deal with peer pressure, exams, body changes, sexuality and identity. They still need love and support from parents and family. They also want more freedom and to be…

Financial support for families

Find out what financial support and benefits may be available to families from pregnancy to school age. As a family, you may be entitled to benefits or financial support, depending on your circumstances and the age of your child or children. Get information on employment…

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…

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…

Childminder Briefing Sessions

Childminding is a rewarding career, and provides opportunities for developing new skills and qualifications. Booking on to Sandwell Early Years and Childcare Childminder Briefing Session is the first step towards becoming an Ofsted Registered Childminder. Find out more What is a Childminding briefing session? An information…

Early Years and Childcare

It is important that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families have access to services as early as possible. At the Early Years stage identification is usually through a health agency (e.g. health visitor or paediatrician). Once identified, and with the…