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Helpful information when choosing a childminder

Helpful information when choosing a Childminder Here are some key facts and things to consider when looking to use a childminder. What is a registered childminder? A childminder is a person providing care for one or more children aged between birth and 18, to whom…

Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF)

Throughout July and August, activities and events for five- to 16-year-olds will be taking place across Westminster as part of our Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme. The programme includes summer camps, sports, arts, cooking, mentoring and leadership, and a wide range of activities for…

Holiday clubs and playschemes

These can offer a wide range of activities such as sports, outdoor and indoor games, arts, crafts and drama. Many operate a booking system and may give substantial discounts to parents who book early. Other schemes offer 'open access' where children can just turn up…

How do children get an autism diagnosis?

If you suspect that your child may be on the autistic spectrum, you may decide to have them formally assessed. This may result in their being given a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition (ASC). Receiving a diagnosis can be very beneficial to children and…

How to access a Short Break

Service Navigator – Overview The ‘navigator’ will operate as part of the Bi-Borough Short Breaks Service. A single point of contact for all referrals in the Disabled Children and Young People’s service. Families with children between the age of 0 and 18 may be entitled to support…

Inclusive books and toys for children

Below are some images of examples of great books that you could use with children that include positive images and stories of black children.                        There are plenty of quality story and information books that reflect the fact that the UK is a culturally diverse…

Income Support

Income Support is a means-tested benefit that you may be able to claim if you are on a low income. The amount you receive will depend on your personal circumstances. You may be entitled to Income Support if you are not required by Jobcentre Plus…

Independent (Private) Schools

What are independent schools? Independent schools (also known as private schools) are educational providers not funded or maintained by the Government. Pupils at independent schools may not follow the national curriculum. You will usually be expected to pay fees for your child to attend an…

Infant feeding

There are a number of sessions offering breastfeeding advice and support. These sessions also offer facilities to weigh baby and health advice for mother and baby. Health visitors and midwives are available at these sessions. You can get support with breastfeeding from a specialist infant…

Information about ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is defined as a neurodevelopmental condition, thought to be caused by differences in the way the brain develops that affects the parts controlling attention, concentration, impulsivity, activity levels and memory. This means a child or young person may experience difficulties…