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How can you safeguard children from sexting?

More and more children and teens are engaging in or being affected by sexting. With moreyoung people having access to phones and social media accounts, it is becoming easier forthem to send and receive explicit messages and images. There has been a rise in the…

How much does a childminder cost?

You will need to negotiate hours, terms and conditions with your childminder. Rates may vary.  Sometimes hourly rates for children attending school are higher than those for the under 5s. Childminders can offer flexible rates, and can accept employers’ childcare vouchers.

Hungry Little Minds

Children soak up every little bit of stimulation you can give them. It’s all the little things that make a big difference with the development of their speech and understanding of words. Everyday moments can be used to boost your child’s learning, and they are…

Immunisations and vaccinations

If you're not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to catch up later in life. A checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the…

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…

Information for professionals

Although visitors to this website can access any information they are interested in, this section has been created with professionals in mind. Are you a professional supporting families, caring for children or young people, or providing a services that are available to them? We would…

Information for Social Workers and Foster Carers

From September 2018, children in foster care will be entitled to 30 hours free childcare giving foster families the same support as other families. This note helps social workers and foster parents understand the background to 30 hours free childcare and how it will work…

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

If you are unemployed, or work less than 16 hours a week, you may be entitled to claim JSA while you are looking for a job. You must sign a Jobseeker’s Agreement at your local Jobcentre Plus detailing what steps you will take to find…

Junior ISA

A junior ISA is a permanently tax-free savings or investment wrapper aimed at encouraging families to save for their children's futures. Any money you put in one will be locked away until your child's 18th birthday, when it becomes their cash, and will become a…
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