Staffordshire news and blogs Tuesday 23 January 2018



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Are you entitled to free childcare? This is everything you need to know 

18 Jan 18

You could be missing out on getting help with the cost of childcare…

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Tax Free Childcare Scheme Now Available to Parents of Under 9s 

16 Jan 18

In April 2017, HM Revenue and Customs started rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, which helps working parents with the cost of childcare with up to £2,000 of support per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.

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Birmingham City Council’s public consultation on their budget ends today 

15 Jan 18

The  window to offer your suggestions for Birmingham City Council’s budget for 2018 closes today.

Are you entitled to free childcare? This is everything you need to know 

14 Jan 18

You could be missing out on getting help with the cost of childcare…

Deadline imminent for 30 hours’ childcare applications 

28 Dec 17

THE deadline for parents to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare is just hours away.

Free childcare take-up in Sandwell among best in the country 

11 Dec 17

More than 800 children are now benefiting from 30 hours of free childcare across Sandwell.

Parents have 30 days to claim 30 hours’ childcare 

1 Dec 17

THE deadline is fast approaching for parents to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare.

Hundreds of Birmingham kids in ‘inadequate’ childcare – and these are the worst 

1 Dec 17

Eighteen childcare providers in Birmingham had the worst possible inadequate score…

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Childcare costs up nearly five times faster than West Midlands wages 

9 Nov 17

TUC highlights ‘childcare gap’ for parents with one-year-olds The cost of childcare for young children has risen 4.8 times faster than wages in the West Midlands since 2008, according to new analysis published by the TUC.

How to check if your family is eligible for 30 hours of FREE childcare from January 2018 

6 Nov 17

Places available for children celebrating their third birthday between September 1 and December 31, 2017…

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A new website is helping people in Sandwell to manage their money. 

2 Nov 17

BetterOff Sandwell will help residents to: access advice on benefits and ways to improve their job opportunities apply for welfare benefits find work that pays and record their job search activity see how their money changes when they move into work.

Sign up now for funded childcare places 

31 Oct 17

CHILDREN celebrating their third birthday this autumn should be signed up now for 30 hours’ supported childcare.

Staffordshire childcare success seen at first hand 

4 Oct 17

STAFFORDSHIRE’S work in helping parents get 30 hours a week supported childcare has been seen at first hand by the Government’s top official.

Why your boss has to give you time off if your child is ill or childcare fails 

3 Oct 17

Many were unaware of ‘unpaid parental leave…

This is why parents could be entitled to a £2,000 windfall from the Government 

19 Sep 17

Thanks to a new scheme called Childcare Choices, Brummies could help themselves to a four-figure sum…

Birmingham mum launches campaign to change Government’s new complex childcare scheme 

12 Sep 17

Many parents are finding they are unable to access the Government initiative…

30 hours free childcare scheme could spark chaos, charity warns 

8 Sep 17

A survey by the Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA) suggests 74% of the nurseries that responded feel the Government has underfunded the scheme…

Thousands still haven’t claimed free childcare with deadline looming 

29 Aug 17

Mums and dads from across Birmingham and the West Midlands will soon be entitled to double the amount of free child care they currently receive…

Parents risk missing out on 30 hours funded childcare 

26 Aug 17

THOUSANDS of Staffordshire parents entitled to 30 hours a week funded childcare for their three and four-year-olds have only days left to register for it.

The deadline to apply for 30 hours free childcare is looming 

22 Aug 17

According to the Department of Education, the scheme could see families across the country save up to 5,000 a year on childcare…

This is when the government’s 30 hours of free childcare starts 

15 Aug 17

The move could save families up to 5,000 a year, according to the Department for Education…

Ten things about 30 hours ‘free’ childcare every parent needs to know 

14 Aug 17

It should make a big difference to parents trying to balance their work lives with looking after their kids before they start school…

Parent entitlement to FREE childcare to double next month – how to apply 

8 Aug 17

From September 2017, the current allowance of 15 hours available to all parents will double for those who work…

Are you missing out on free childcare? Thousands of Brummies are 

3 Aug 17

New official figures reveal only around six in 10 eligible children in the city are benefitting from the policy…

Eight Million Hours of Childcare on Offer to Staffordshire Families 

1 Aug 17

AROUND  eight million hours of funded childcare for three and four-year-olds are set to be available for working parents in Staffordshire.