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Emergency Childcare

When you have young children it's not a case of if you have a breakdown in your usual childcare but when. As a parent of nursery age children, you need a backup plan for when your usual childcare arrangements fall through. After all, friends and family are not always available…

Enhanced SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF)

The Enhanced SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF) is available to ensure the inclusion of children with additional needs in early education.  The Enhanced SENIF is for:  3- and 4-year olds (no matter where they live) who are taking up any number of hours of free entitlement who…

Fair processing notice for 2 year old funding

This privacy notice explains to parents and carers how their personal information will be collected and shared by Westminster City Council to process applications for 2 year old funding. Westminster City Council are the Data Controllers of this information and we will use this information in…

Family Hubs

COVID-19 / Coronavirus We have created a page to provide service updates and useful resources relating to Family Information. Please click here to access the page We are sorry that you cannot come to see us at the centre but we will bring some fun…

Family Information Service website updates: COVID-19

We have created this page on the Westminster Family Information Service  to share resources and information that may be useful to families and those working with children and young people. We are committed to supporting you as a parent during this period and will maintain regular…

Government schemes to help with childcare costs

Are you looking for support with childcare costs? Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time. The new Childcare Choices website makes it easy to find out what’s on offer. Use the Childcare Calculator at www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to…

The Healthy Early Years programme and award scheme

The Healthy Early Years programme and award scheme is funded by the Public Health team for Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster. The programme has been based on the success of the Healthy Schools programme across the three boroughs and started as a pilot programme in…

Help with childcare costs

Help with childcare costs There is financial help available to pay for childcare; this help depends on family circumstances including how much the family earns, whether they are in work or returning to work, and the age of the children. Help is available for all children…

Helpful information when choosing a Childminder

Here are some key facts and items to consider when looking to use a childminder.

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.