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Family Information Service 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 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.

How the Healthy Early Years awards work

Awards are given to settings to recognise their achievements in supporting the health and wellbeing of the children and families they work with. There are three levels of award: Bronze: Settings will need to complete the Healthy Early Years Bronze Review Tool to demonstrate that…

Hungry Little Minds - campaign toolkit

Improving early communication, language and literacy development is a key priority for the government and a cornerstone of building a country that works for everyone. Some of the poorest children in the UK start school months behind their peers and the gap can grow through…

Internet Safety Guides

Download the Internet safety Guides for parents of children of all ages.

Keeping children safe online

This leaflet gives information about how to keep your child safe online. How can you safeguard children from sexting? SafeCall Internet Safety Guides