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0-2 Childcare Funding

How do children get the funding? Children must be referred by a professional such as a Health Visitor or Family Support Worker. All referrals are discussed at a 0-2 multi-agency panel. There is strict criteria that the family must meet to receive this funding. Funding…

30 hours of childcare

All children aged 3 or 4 years old are eligible for 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks of the year. Children are eligible from the term after their 3rd birthday. The government has extended this offer to 30 hours a week for…

About childcare

Don't miss out on childcare To support parents to understand the different government childcare schemes and how they interact, a simple poster has been produced to simplify the full childcare offer. If you are claiming benefits or on a low income your two year old…

About early years and families

Welcome to the directory! It is maintained by North Somerset's Family Information Service. Select a category below to see local services, events and organisations or search by keyword or postcode using the search above. Check your eligibility for free early education for two year olds, and find out more…

About our Local Offer and how to search it

The Local Offer provides information for children and young people in North Somerset with special educational needs or a disability - you may see this abbreviated as SEND both here and in various official documents. We know that navigating through the range of services and support can…

About short breaks and respite

Short breaks provide opportunities for disabled children and young people to spend time away from their primary carers. These may range from just a few hours to day, evening, overnight or weekend activities and take could place in the child’s own home, the home of…

Becoming a childminder or starting a childcare business - what you need to know

Childminders look after children in their own home. They have to register with Ofsted or a childminding agency and meet certain requirements. Childminders are usually self-employed and have to be 18 years or older. They: look after at least one child under the age of 8 for…

Childminders

Search for FREE for Childminders In North Somerset we support the Pacey #Notababysitter campaign  which dispells some of the myths about childminding as either a career or a chidcare choice. All of North Somerset childminders are registered with Ofsted. Ofsted are the legal regulators for childcare in…

Direct payments and personal budgets in North Somerset

What are direct payments? Direct Payments (DPs) are a cash payment made from the council to you so you can buy your own care and support services. A ‘direct payment’ means that the money goes directly from the council’s funds to you.  The direct payment…
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