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This page has been created to pull together FAQs to support your setting. Here is an overview of everything that needs to be considered when registering with Ofsted: 

FAQs for schools/providers/childminders

Click on the links below to expand the section. Additional information about claiming for funded children: Please see YouTube videos via the link below showing how to add the funded children onto the FIS Portal (Synergy Tribal system)

Financial support, housing and food

Financial Support If you have financial concerns, support is available to provide you with information or speak specifically about your situation. Please visit the Westminster webpage for how the council and government can support you financially. You can also contact the Westminster Advice Service Partnership (WASP) on 0300 330 1191 or Local…

Fostering and adoption

Placements Westminster City Council shares its fostering and adoption service with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, devoting more resources to helping find families for the children who need them.  For further information email the team on corampostadoption@westminster.gov.uk Private fostering If you have been looking after…

The four-part 'graduated approach'

The four-part 'graduated approach' is designed to help you decide on the levels of support and type of action to be put in place for children in your school or setting:  Assess The early years practitioner or SENCO should work in collaboration with parent/carers to identify…

Free or cheap activities to keep you active this summer

Check out some great ideas you can do for free or at little cost. Just use your imagination and have fun this summer.

Free school meals

Your child may qualify for free school meals if you or their other parent are receiving Income Support, income-based Job Seekers Allowance from the Department of Social Security (DSS) or support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Under the current criteria, children…

Get Ahead Project

Get ahead Project (Part of the London ESF Youth Programme). Work = Pay If you are aged 16 - 24 years, not in education, employment or training and have a learning disability and/or difficulty, we could help you to 'Get ahead'. Available in Central and South London…

Get parenting support and advice at your local Family Hub

Children’s Centres have gone through some changes over the last year and we will now be developing three new Family Hubs in Westminster – Churchill Gardens in the south, Queen’s Park in the north west, and Church Street in the north east. These will develop…

Golden Girls support group

Golden girls is the name of an online support group for girls aged 12-18 recently launched in our Early Help, Intensive Support Team. This resource was developed in response to understanding that many young people were feeling isolated and lonely in this lockdown, especially those…