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30 hours free childcare for working families

So what is the free childcare deal? In a nutshell, many working parents of 3 to 4-year-olds in England will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare - rather than the current 15 hours. But the first thing you need to know is that…

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After adoption: what help can we get?

During the adoption process, it is important to find out what support package will come with your child to help with any special or additional needs they may have. Some needs may not become apparent until later, perhaps during adolescence, so it's important that you know where to…

Cancer: end of life care

There isn't any universal advice on how to come to terms with a life-threatening illness.  Each person will deal with their situation in their own way. Some people take on activities and challenges. Others prefer to spend their time quietly with family, friends or on their own. A terminal diagnosis…

Carers' assessments

If you provide care and support to an adult friend or family member, you may be eligible for support from your local council. This support could include being offered money to pay for things that make caring easier. Or the local authority might offer practical support,…

Caring for children with complex needs

If your child has been diagnosed with an illness, disability or sensory impairment that needs a lot of additional support for them to live day to day, they might be described as having "complex needs". A child might have complex needs from birth, or following…

Childcare - How do I choose?

How do I choose? Entrusting a stranger with your child is a big step, so before you choose a provider you may want to consider the following tips: Give yourself plenty of time to choose – holiday playschemes, for example, get booked up in advance…

Diarrhoea and vomiting in children

Diarrhoea and vomiting in babies Most babies' poo (or stool) changes in consistency from week to week, or even day to day. Breastfed babies have runny poo that doesn't smell. Formula-fed babies' poo is firmer, darker brown and smellier. Diarrhoea is when your baby frequently…

Early Years and Childcare

Early Years and Childcare Early years education provides children with an ideal opportunity to build on the knowledge they bring from home. It helps children become more independent and to make friends. In these early years settings, children can choose from a wide range of…

Get active your way

There are many ways busy mums and dads, families, young people, office workers and older adults can build physical activity into their lives. Being physically active is easier than you think, especially if you make activity part of your daily routine. The amount of activity you need…

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