Skip to main content

Advice & Information

 Directory results

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 to access a Short Break via the Bi-Borough Front Door

Front Door – Overview Please see our Covid-19 Guide to Assessments in the downloads section. The ‘front door’ will operate as part of the Bi-Borough Short Breaks Service. A single point of contact for all notifications has been created. Families with children between the age of…

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…

Independent special institutions

Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 allows the Secretary of State to publish a list of approved independent educational institutions, independent special schools and post-16 institutions for the purposes of enabling the institution to be the subject of a request for it…

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…

Join Our New Employment Pathways Parent Group

Rachel Edwards, our SEND Employment Pathways Coordinator, invites parents and carers from Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea to join a small Employment Pathways group. The group aims to better understand the experience of young people and their families of the system as it is now…

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…

Key words explained

Somtimes it can be tricky to keep track of all the complex words and abbreviations used when talking about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). To make it a bit easier, we have produced our a glossary of key words explained which we hope will…