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Starting Nursery or Reception class

Nursery Class Children can take up a free, part-time place in a nursery class from the September after their third birthday.  The application forms are available in January each year and you have until the beginning of May to submit your application directly to the…

COVID-19 Childcare settings to remain open

The legislation underpinning lockdown restrictions has been published, and guidance has been updated to confirm that early years settings and childminders can remain open, and parents can continue to use these settings as normal.Parents will be able to access other childcare activities (including wraparound care and some…

Sexual Abuse

An example of sexual abuse would be where a child has been forced to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos. There is help, advice and support available to people with concerns about child sexual abuse. Local support groups and…

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can come in many forms. It is rarely a one off incident and it is not only about being physically or sexually abused. You may be subject to more subtle attacks, such as constant breaking of trust, isolation, psychological games and harassment. Emotional…

COVID-19 Financial support and advice

Support available for unemployment or reduced work due to coronavirus   Apply online for Universal Credit to get financial support if you’ve lost your job or getting less work if you are self-employed as a result of the pandemic.   You might also be able to:  apply online for New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance  apply for…

Becoming a registered childminder

The Hounslow Early Years and Childcare Service will be delivering a free, online information briefing, on becoming a Childminder / Nanny in Hounslow  The information session will look at Ofsted’s role and the role of the Local Authority Types of Childcare provision What is Childminding…