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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 Family hubs Within Westminster Children Centres are called Family Hubs, this is to reflect the support they provide for…

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…

Free early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

Free early education for 3 and 4-year-olds All three and four-year-old children are entitled to a free universal early education place.  Each place provides 15 hours of early years education for up to 38 weeks per year.  However, this universal entitlement is flexible and can be accessed over a…

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…

Heatwave

Guidance for those looking after school children and those in early years settings during heatwaves. Heatwave plan for England – protecting health and reducing harm from severe heat and heatwaves. Further information is available in the PHE leaflet: Looking after children and those in early years…

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.

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…