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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…

Children's Centres

Children's Centres provide support to families with children and young adults 0-19 years (up to 25 years if they have special education needs or disabilities). They offer family support, early learning , information and advice on health, parenting, money and benefits, education and school readiness. …

Education

What does special educational needs mean? If a child has a learning difficulty or a disability that makes it harder for them to learn than most children of their age, they may have special educational needs (SEN). As many as one in five children may…

Travel Assistance

Some children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) may require help to get to the school that is right for them. This may be because the school is too far away or because they are not able to get to the…

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…

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…

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. What is a Childminding briefing session? An information session providing everything…

Parenting classes and support

Parenting programmes provide you with the opportunities to learn and improve your parenting skills, helping you understand your children's needs and helping you cope with present and future difficulties. They also provide you with a chance to meet and share experiences with other parents and…

Pregnancy and Babies

Pregnancy and having a baby is a time when you need lots of support and advice. Getting the right information will help you to give your baby the best start in life. Find everything you need to know about pregnancy and caring for a new…