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Different types of childcare

Information on childcare Childcare Whether you are looking to work or study, childcare can be the biggest barrier to overcome, however, there are many options.  Childminders Registered childminders provide care in their own home for other peoples children. They are registered with Ofsted and are inspected every…

Disability Access Fund

From April 2017, the Government introduced new funding for Early Years childcare providers to enable them to offer more places to young children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). This funding is called the Disability Access Fund (DAF). The DFA is available to Early Years…

Disabled Children's Register

What is the Disabled Children's Register? The register is a database that holds information about children and young people with disabilities and special needs who live in the City of Westminster.   Why do we have a register and what is it used for? The…

Disclosure and Barring Service DBS checks for childcare providers

This factsheet sets out Ofsted’s position on Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks for childcare providers who register with Ofsted.

Domestic Abuse

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:…

Early Help Partnership Information

What is Early Help?  In Westminster Early Help is a collection of services which aim to provide effective support to families as soon as difficulties start, to prevent them from getting worse. These services cover a range of areas, from information and guidance, parenting support to…

Early Years Inclusion Funding

From April 2017, new statutory duties were placed upon Local Authorities for supporting children with SEND. This particularly targets children in the early years and accessing 30 hours free childcare.  The Early Years Inclusion Fund is to support 3 & 4 year olds who get…

Early Years Service

Early years services Our responsibilities include: providing information and guidance to parents and families about Westminster’s children’s services providing access to children’s centres to families across the city raising the quality across early years provision ensuring the implementation of the early years foundation stage, including initiatives…

Early years support in the home

Early Support Service Early Support is a key working service available to families caring for children (aged 0-5) with a complex disability requiring them to be in contact with a wide range of health and social care professionals. It provides help with coordinating the care…

Emergency help with money

If you are struggling to afford the basic household items for your family, the following programmes may be able to help:   Local Support Payments If you live in Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster, and you need help because of an emergency or a…
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