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In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak Sandwell Early Years Team and Family Information Service are pulling together resources, information and guidance which we will keep updated on a regular basis to help during this time.

Early Years and Chidcare Team and Sandwell Family Information Service Contact Details

Find out here how to contact the Early Years and Childcare Team and Sandwell Family Service during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Early Years and Educational Settings Guidance 

Find here useful information, advice and guidance to help you and your setting during the Coronavirus.

Sandwell Still Needs Childcare – We Need You!

Sandwell Childcare Providers play an important role in the current Coronavirus COVID 19 situation.  You are a critical and essential part of the Key Worker system enabling NHS, POLICE, Emergency and support services to operate, meaning all Sandwell residents have access to adequate health support, food supplies and transport to keep us all safe and well.

Find out here how the Local Authority and Sandwell Early Years and Childcare Team can help and support you continue to provide childcare to Key Worker and Vulnerable children during the Coronavirus.

Settings That Choose To Close

Find information here on what to do if you chose to close your setting.

2, 3 and 4 Year Old Funding Information

Find information and advice here about the 15 hours funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and 30 hours funding for 3 and 4 year olds during the COVID 19 situation.

COVID-19 Advice and Support

During these challenging times the Sandwell Family Information Service are here to assist and support families. We are pulling together resources, information and guidance which we will keep updated on a regular basis.

Childcare advice and information

Educational and fun activity resources for families at home

Sandwell Children's Centres - Closures and Provision

Helpful resources for supporting and talking to children and young people about Coronavirus

Financial advice, information and links

Health and Wellbeing advice and support

COVID-19/Coronavirus information and advice from your Council

Useful Government Information Links

Online Business Support

Birmingham City University (BCU) are offering Childminders, Managers and Owners FREE online business support webinars, these take place every Wednesday at 11:00am.  When you register you will have access to an ongoing FREE set of resources.

For further information and to register for the webinars, please click here.

Funding available for your setting

Find out here about the different types of funding you may be able to access.

Community Operating Groups (COGS) 

Find here the contact details for the Community Operating Groups in the 6 towns.

COG Teams provide Targeted Family Support to families. They also provide advice and guidance to professionals about how to provide help to families as early as possible.

Sandwell Council - Education CoVID-19 FAQs 

The FAQs are directed towards schools, the majority of the advice is relevant to other settings. Last updated 13 March 2020 

Newsletters 

The newsletter includes information on quality, finance, funding, inclusion, training and qualifications etc

Early Years and Childcare Newsletter - Summer 2020

Sandwell Family Information Services 4families Newsletter - March 2020

Privacy Notices:

Childcare Provider Privacy Notice 2018

Local Services Privacy Notice 2018

Out of School Club Provision:

Out of School Club Guidance