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Networking Morning, 24 Apr 2018 

17 Apr 18

24 Apr 2018 – Community at Creative Coffee Hub FREE (suitable for under 18s) Are you think of starting a new business from home or are you already a home-working parent? Join our networking group! We all know how hard it can be to juggling childcare …


Council
Working parents of young children could be entitled to up to 30 hours free childcare 

5 Apr 18

Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds could reduce their childcare costs with up to 30 hours free childcare thanks to a government scheme.


News
Mums and dads lose out as cost of childcare shoots up 

4 Apr 18

Figures reveal how the cost of childcare has risen in the West Midlands…


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Under pressure 

13 Mar 18

Steve Pennell catches Mahalia at the Castle and Falcon, Moseley.


News
Staffordshire’s 30 hour childcare success praised by Minister 

4 Mar 18

STAFFORDSHIRE’S excellent pre-school childcare network has been praised by the Families and Children’s Minister.


News
Act now for funded childcare places 

23 Feb 18

CHILDREN celebrating their third birthday in the first part of 2018 should be signed up now for 30 hours’ funded childcare.


Blog
Mum creates genius ‘teddy bear trick’ to stop her leaving child in car 

15 Feb 18

Forgotten Baby Syndrome happens when parents have been convinced they’ve dropped their kid off at childcare…


Rugby
Birmingham’s first 24-hour children’s nursery launches 

7 Feb 18

Daisycare in Edgbaston will offer round-the-clock childcare…


News
Staggering number of childcare issues are costing mums millions every day in lost earnings 

25 Jan 18

The study found that more than 45,000 mothers of children under five in the West Midlands are looking to get back into work…


Blog
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.


Local news
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.


Blog
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…


News
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.


Council
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.


News
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.


Rugby
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.


News
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.


News
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.


News
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.


News
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…


Rugby
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…


Rugby
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…